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On this day in 2016: Jake Arrieta wins 16th straight decision

2 years agoAndy Martinez

Five years ago, the Cubs embarked on a historic journey that will go down as one of the most impactful seasons in professional sports.

Throughout 2021, we’re taking a look back at some of the best moments from the incredible 2016 campaign.

Next up: Arrieta wins 16th straight decision

After throwing a no-hitter, Jake Arrieta followed up that historic outing by winning his 16th consecutive decision in a 7-2 win over the Brewers. It was the Cubs’ 18th consecutive win in an Arrieta start.

He lasted 5 innings, striking out 6 and allowing 4 walks and 3 hits, but it snapped his quality starts streak. His 24 straight quality starts fell 2 short of Bob Gibson’s record from 1967-68.

Arrieta showed some grit escaping a bases loaded, 1-out jam in the 1st inning by striking out Chris Carter and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

The offense got it going early, with Ben Zobrist hitting a 2-run single in the 1st and David Ross hitting a solo home run in the 2nd to give them a 3-0 lead.

  • At 16-5, their record marked the Cubs’ best 21-game start to a season since 1907
  • Arrieta’s home scoreless streak was snapped at 52.2 IP
  • Arrieta improved to 5-0. He was the first Cub starting pitcher to win first 5 games since Greg Maddux did so in 2006.

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