the Chicago Cubs sent Jake Arrieta to the mound looking to string two wins together against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs haven’t won two consecutive games since a three-game streak June 18-20 and have the record to show for it: 43-43.
“If we can peel off a couple of more in a row and go into the All-Star break playing well and then come back fresh-minded and everything like that it would be good,” left fielder Kyle Schwarber said.
After three innings, the game was scoreless.
Coming off Friday’s 6-1 victory over the Pirates, the Cubs were looking for another strong outing from Arrieta, who was brilliant in his last start July 2 against the Cincinnati Reds.
Against the Pirates, Arrieta (8-6, 4.33) was opposed by Ivan Nova (8-6, 3.24).
Before the game, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that starter Kyle Hendricks, who is on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right hand, will make a minor-league rehab stint Monday at Tennessee.