Arrieta wins 20th of season as Cubs beat Brewers
(The Sports Xchange) - Jake Arrieta became baseball's first 20-game winner of the season with a complete-game effort in a 4-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, despite feeling a little "off".
A Cy Young Award candidate, Arrieta scattered three hits, struck out 11 and walked just one in a complete-game collaboration with catcher Miguel Montero.
Arrieta, 29, is the Cubs' first 20-game winner since Jon Lieber went 20-6 in 2001.
"I didn't feel sharp, I felt off," he said. "Those days where you have a handful of starts where it's a tossup, you're not sure the way it's going to go. But your mindset plays a big deal in what the outcome looks like.
"You try to be mentally tough and grind it out."
The Wrigley Field crowd stood and roared approval as Arrieta (20-6) worked a one-two-three ninth that included two strikeouts.
"It's special, the crowd here appreciates it," Arrieta said.
"They were into it from the first pitch and that's what makes playing this game so much fun, it's playing in front of your home crowd in a city like Chicago."
It was his fifth successive outing of eight or more innings, his fourth complete game of the season and third complete-game shutout. Continued...