Cubs Beat Rockies, Trade Bonafacio; Other NL Scores
Friday Aug 01, 2014 12:00am
Cubs top Rockies 3-1
(CHICAGO) – Jake Arrieta did quite well without his best stuff. Arrieta struck out seven in seven innings, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. Arrieta (6-2) allowed one run and three hits in his first victory since June 30 at Boston. The 6 foot 4 right-hander has a 1.73 ERA in his last 11 starts, holding opponents to a .162 batting average. The Cubs won three of four in a matchup of last-place teams. The Rockies have lost four of five and 11 of 15 overall. Pedro Hernandez (0-1) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings in his first start for Colorado. Arrieta, 28, said he's learned that pitching is not all about blowing hitters away. In the past, he may have stuck with his fastball on a day when it wasn't quite there instead of trying something else. Chicago scored three times in the sixth despite getting one ball out of the infield the entire inning. Starlin Castro had a bases-loaded walk, Justin Ruggiano added a sacrifice fly and Luis Valbuena drove in a run with a grounder to shortstop. Hector Rondon got three outs for his 14th save in 17 opportunities.
OTHER THURSDAY N.L. SCORES
St. Louis 6 – San Diego 2
Philadelphia 10 – Washington 4
Cincinnati 3 – Miami 1
Arizona 7 – Pittsburgh 4
LA Dodgers 2 – Atlanta 1
Cubs deal Bonifacio, pitcher to Braves
(CHICAGO) - The Cubs made one trade on the non-waiver deadline day, sending utilityman Emilio Bonifacio, left-handed reliever James Russell and cash to Atlanta for switch-hitting catching prospect Victor Caratini. Caratini, 20, was selected by the Braves in the second round of the 2013 draft. He hit .279 with five homers and 42 RBI's in 87 games with Class A Rome this season. Bonifacio has been playing well lately, batting .400 (14 for 35) in his last eight games. He hit .279 in 69 games with the Cubs this season, Russel, 28, is 0-2 with one save and a 3.87 ERA in 44 appearances this year.
Jake Arriets throws in a game from earlier in the 2014 season (photo courtesy of The Chicago Cubs).