playoffs 2015: Jake Arrieta allows runs (seriously)

CHICAGO — The impossible happened Monday in Game 3 of the NLDS.Jake Arrieta allowed two

runs in an inning. Seriously. The fans at Wrigley Field watched in stunned silence, not quite understanding what they’d just watched. MORE: Top NLDS photos | postseason schedule | Hammel to start Game 4In his previous 13 starts, including the wild-card shutout against Pittsburgh, Arrieta had given up a total of four runs. A total of four runs. I repeated that just to make sure you didn’t think it was a typo.It wasn’t a disaster inning, of course. What the Astros went through in the eighth inning of Game 4 of their ALDS against the Royals was a disaster.It’s just that this was so unexpected. Arrieta walked Stephen Piscotty and Matt Holliday to open up the inning. He struck out Jason Heyward, but Jhonny Peralta followed with a double to the left-field wall.That chased home Piscotty and sent Holliday to third. Tommy Pham followed with a high chopper to third baseman Kris Bryant, who threw to first for the out. Holliday was running on contact and scored. That put the Cardinals ahead of Arrieta and the Cubs, 2-1.Not many people in Wrigley expected Arrieta to trail at any point Monday.The Cubs didn’t immediately collapse after he allowed the runs, of course, Starlin Castro delivered a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning to knot the score at 2, and then Bryant and Anthony Rizzo hit back-to-back homers in the fifth to put the Cubs ahead 5-2 in the fifth. But the night continued on its downward spiral for Arrieta in the sixth. Holliday led off with a line-drive single up the middle and then Heyward, who struck out looking with two on in his previous at-bat, sent a two-run homer into the stands in left field. Three batters later, after he hit pinch hitter Brandon Moss with a pitch, his night was done. Arrieta's final line: 5 1/3 innings, five hits, four runs (all earned), two walks, nine strikeouts, one hit batsman. For context: Arrieta hadn't allowed as many as four runs or failed pitch six full innings since a June 16 start against Cleveland.