During his stunning ascent over the past 10 1/2 months, Jake Arrieta retained some valuable lessons that helped him get out of an early jam Tuesday night.
"The smartest thing you can do is understand what you have that day and try to use it to the best of your ability," said Arrieta, who retired 20 of the final 22 batters he faced after walking consecutive batters in the first inning.
Arrieta's sudden transformation into his usual dominant form added another impressive chapter to his storied run as the Cubs rolled to a 7-1 victory over the Pirates.
There were no residual effects from Monday night's tension-filled victory. Arrieta simply adjusted to each...