Arrieta prepares for opener with 5 innings, Cubs beat A’s
MESA, Ariz. — Jake Arrieta prepared for his start on opening day, overcoming a 28-pitch first inning Tuesday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Oakland Athletics 9-5.
Arrieta went five innings, allowing one run and two hits. The NL Cy Young Award winner struck out five and walked two. The Cubs open Monday at the Los Angeles Angels.
Kyle Schwarber homered on the first pitch from A’s starter Sonny Gray.
Addison Russell hit a two-run shot off Gray in the fourth. Later, Munenori Kawasaki hit a three-run homer, Matt Szczur had a two-run shot and David Ross hit a solo drive for the Cubs.
Billy Butler had two hits and Josh Phegley homerded for the A’s.