Jake Arrieta throws complete game shutout

The Pittsburgh Pirates went down quietly for the second straight post-season.

Jake Arrieta threw a complete game shutout as the Chicago Cubs advance to the divisional round with a 4-0 win over the Pirates in the NL Wildcard Game.

Arrieta in going the distance, struck out 11 and allowed 4 hits.

 

Benches clear in the seventh

Pirates trail 4-0 going into Bottom of 7th

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Cole, Pirates down 4-0 after five innings

5SecondsApp (20)Gerrit Cole and the Pirates fell into an early hole that looks impossible to get out of after five innings.

Kyle Schwarber hit a 2-run homer in the third inning and Dexter Fowler homered in the fifth as the Cubs and Jake Arrieta have a commanding 4-0 lead going into the sixth inning.

Fowler and Schwarber went a combined 5-6 with 2 home runs, 4 RBIs vs Cole who exited after five innings. The rest of the Cubs vs Cole, 1-14.

Arrieta has allowed 1 hit and struck out 8 with no walks through five.

 

Sean Rodriguez starts at 1B

PIRATES LINEUP vs CUBS

1. Polanco, RF

2. Harrison, 3B

3. McCutchen, CF

4. Marte, LF

5. Cervelli, C

6. Walker, 2B

7. Mercer, SS

8. Rodriguez, 1B

9. Cole, P

 

Francisco Liriano on Wild Card game roster

Francisco Liriano, the Pirates projected Game 1 starter in the Divisional Round if they advance tonight, has been added to the Wild Card game roster as insurance in case Gerrit Cole struggles early.

Catchers: Cervelli, Stewart, Diaz
Infielders: Alvarez, Florimon, Harrison, Mercer, Morse, Ramirez, Rodriguez, Walker
Outfielders: Broxton, Marte, McCutchen, Polanco, Snider
Pitchers: Cole, Bastardo, Blanton, Caminero, Hughes, Liriano, Melancon, Soria, Watson