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Live: Arrieta and Cole Duel in NL Wild Card Game

The Chicago Cubs are back in the postseason for the first time since 2008. Led by guys like Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro and others like tonight’s starter, Jake Arrieta, the Cubs could spoil the Pirates season with a star studded performance by them and Arrieta.

The Pirates are now a familiar team in the MLB Playoffs, led by Andrew McCutchen, the Pirates are looking to go to the NLDS for the second time in their three consecutive playoff appearances. Continue below for updates on the game throughout the night.

Middle of the 1st:

Cubs: 1

Pirates: Due up

After a lead-off single by Dexter Fowler, Kyle Schwarber singles in Fowler from second base after he stole second, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead.

End of the 1st:

Cubs: 1

Pirates: 0

After giving up a hit to Andrew McCutchen, Jake Arrieta strikes out Starling Marte to get the Cubs out of the 1st inning up one still.

Middle of the 2nd:

Cubs: 1

Pirates: 0

Cole gets his first 1-2-3 inning of the night. He might need several more pitching against Arrieta.

End of the 2nd:

Cubs: 1

Pirates: 0

Jake Arrieta counters Gerrit Cole’s 3-up-3-down inning with a 1-2-3 inning of his own.

Middle of the 3rd:

Cubs: 3

Pirates: 0

Dexter Fowler singles again, and Kyle Schwarber this time around hits a 449 foot blast to straightaway right field to give Arrieta a three-run lead, which could mean the end for the Pirates already.

End of the 3rd:

Cubs: 3

Pirates: 0

Jake Arrieta went 3-up-3-down last inning, so he had to top that by striking out the side. What’s next, striking the side out on nine pitches?

Middle of the 4th:

Cubs: 3

Pirates: 0

Gerrit Cole bounces back nicely after surrendering two runs last inning.

End of the 4th:

Cubs: 3

Pirates: 0

Make that ten in a row retied by Arrieta.

Middle of the 5th:

Cubs: 4

Pirates: 0

Dexter Fowler continues to kill Cole, and this time he took him deep. This is just giving Arrieta more and more fuel at this point.

End of the 5th:

Cubs: 4

Pirates: 0

Wow. I am shocked. Jake Arrieta is pretty good at this baseball thing, I guess.

PITCHING CHANGE Antonio Bastardo in for the Pirates, Gerrit Cole out.

Middle of the 6th:

Cubs: 4

Pirates: 0

Bastardo works a scoreless 1-2-3 frame for the Bucs.

End of the 6th:

Cubs: 4

Pirates: 0

The Pirates load the bases, but Arrieta is able to seduce a double play ball to get out of the jam.

PITCHING CHANGE Tony Watson in for the Pirates, Antonio Bastardo out.

Middle of the 7th:

Cubs: 4

Pirates: 0

Quite the eventful inning to say the least. Tony Watson hit Jake Arrieta with the pitch, and the Cubs didn’t like it one bit, leading to the benches clearly. Nonetheless, the Pirates get out of the inning without a run allowed.

End of the 7th:

Cubs: 4

Pirates: 0

Jake Arrieta gets another double play ball to get the Cubs out of the mini-jam.

PITCHING CHANGE Joakim Soria in for the Pirates, Tony Watson out.

Middle of the 8th:

Cubs: 4

Pirates: 0

Soria works a solid scoreless frame for the Pirates.

End of the 8th:

Cubs: 4

Pirates: 0

Jake Arrieta is now through eight shutout innings of baseball. Two words: Cy. Young.

PITCHING CHANGE Mark Melancon in for the Pirates, Joakim Soria out.

Middle of the 9th:

Cubs: 4

Pirates: 0

Mark Melancon does what he has been doing all season long: getting the Pirates through the 9th without a run being allowed.

FINAL:

Cubs: 4

Pirates: 0

W: Arrieta

L: Cole

S: NONE

The Cubs will now travel to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals in the best of five NLDS series beginning Friday.

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