While Rizzo was pleased with his teammate’s effort, Arrieta was more critical of his performance.
“I threw some really nice changeups, but I had a couple of walks, and I didn’t like that,” he said. “I need to be more aggressive early, and I need to sharpen up a couple of things, but I like where I’m at going into the season.”
That big picture thinking has been in play throughout the spring training slate, with the Cubs careful not to allow Arrieta to pile up too many innings in Cactus League action.
“Pitchers get in work that’s not noticed on the main field. Jake’s fine,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “The biggest thing was not to overextend him in spring training. I wanted him to be well and be ready by the start of the season.”
The 2016 season will get underway on Monday night when the Cubs battle the Angels in an interleague showdown, and Arrieta is ready to get the 162-game season underway.
“We’re excited that camp is winding down and for the real games to start,” he said. “It’s an exciting time for the guys who found out they made the club. It’s exciting to get on the road and start this journey.”
The Chicago Cubs will be starting the regular season without one of their key utility players, as shortstop Javier Baez will begin the year on the 15-day disabled list.
Baez has been dealing with a left thumb contusion that has kept him out of action in Cactus League play, and the team has opted to take a cautious approach with the season nearing.
The Blackhawks, who had lost six of their previous seven games going into Saturday’s tilt with the Calgary Flames, were able to get a big night out of Andrew Ladd, who scored two goals, and Andrew Shaw tallied the game-winning goal as they took down a 4-1 victory.