Arrieta struck out 12 batters, and his only base runners came on an error and a single walk. Other than that, he was as close to perfect as they come.
With the stellar performance, Arrieta improved to 17-6 on the season with an impressive 2.11 ERA.Analysis:
Wood allowed two runs on six hits in six innings to the Cubs, but simply couldn't keep up with counterpart Jake Arrieta. Wood walked one and struck out seven. It marked the first time he walked fewer than two betters since July 9.
His only major mistake wound up over the fence, courtesy of Kris Bryant, who slugged a two-run homer in the first inning. Wood threw 72 pitches in the first three innings before settling down and making it through the next three.
His ERA now sits at 3.67.Analysis:
Webster arrived in Arizona after compiling an 8.37 ERA with 109 hits allowed in 71 innings in the minors. But he held Oakland to just one earned run on six hits in five innings with one walk and two strikeouts.
The right-hander, who was saddled with an almost-as-bad 6.86 ERA in the majors this season, yielded two unearned runs on an error and Josh Reddick triple in the third. A Stephen Vogt solo homer in the fourth provided the only earned tally.Analysis:
Heston managed to go just 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits, two of them home runs. And while he managed not to walk anyone after combining for nine free passes in his last two starts, he only struck out one batter.
In five August starts, Heston (11-8) went longer than 4 2/3 innings only once, and finished the month 0-3 with two no-decisions.Analysis:
Garcia came into the game allowing just four earned runs in his last four starts. He would give up four runs Sunday, on 10 hits, but got plenty of offensive support to pick up the win.
Garcia (7-4) went 4-0 with two no-decisions in August and the Cardinals won all six of his starts. Sunday's somewhat "off" outing raised his miniscule ERA to 2.03 on the season.Analysis:
Lamb went six innings, allowing five hits while striking out eight and walking noe. But a two-run homer to Ryan Braun in the first inning would prove to be his biggest mistake.
Lamb (0-3) has seen his ERA drop in his four MLB starts from 7.50 to 5.24, suggesting he is growing more comfortable as a starter at the highest level.Analysis:
For only the third time in his 16 starts this season, Peralta did not walk a batter. Over seven innings of work, he struck out six, allowed just one run and showed no signs of the "dead arm" that plagued him over his last couple of starts.
After a 1-5 start to the season, Peralta (5-8) has now won three of his last four starts, though he still sports an ERA of 4.30.Analysis:
Teheran was shelled for eight runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings as his record slipped to 9-7. He walked three and whiffed four.
Three home runs dropped him behind 7-0. The blasts by Stephen Drew, Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury came in the second and third innings. A bases loaded walk in the fifth ended his afternoon.
So much for his momentum - Teheran had five straight quality starts and three consecutive winning decisions when he took the mound Sunday.Analysis:
Holmberg struggled mightily after three strong outings with Cincinnati. He allowed 18 runs on 23 hits over his last 10 2/3 innings.
Lorenzen compiled a 3-8 record and 5.46 ERA in his previous stint with the Reds, but has performed much better recently in the minors.Analysis:
The 23-year-old Asher didn't distingush himself Sunday against San Diego. He yielded four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings with one walk and three strikeouts.
Two taters by expected antagonists played a major role in his demise. He allowed a two-run blast to Matt Kemp in the first inning and solo job to Justin Upton in the third. He settled down for a bit to retire eight of the next nine, but three hits in the sixth knocked him out of the game.Analysis: