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