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It's been nearly a lifetime since Jake Arrieta gave up four runs in a start

Arrieta gives up four runs for first time since June

A long, long time ago (May) in a galaxy far, far away (Chicago's North Side), Jake Arrieta once resembled something close to hittable.

In the four months since, the guy has been untouchable: He lowered his ERA to 1.77 on the year, led MLB in shutouts and wins, threw a no-hitter and, most importantly, helped propel the Cubs into the postseason ... shutting down the Pirates in the NL Wild Card Game.

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Arrieta and the Cubbies returned to Wrigley Field for the first postseason game at the Friendly Confines since 2008. He took the hill against the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS and was ... surprisingly human. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits -- including a homer. 

Of course, he also struck out nine batters while six of his teammates homered to lift the Cubbies to a crucial 8-6 victory, so all's well that ends well. 

But back to his so-so (for Arrieta's stature) start: The righty hadn't pitched fewer than six innings in a start since June 16. That was also the last time he surrendered four runs in a game. It's been so long since Arrieta was anything other than spectacular that we dug into the archives to learn a little bit about the world the last time he was anything less than incredible.

The last time Arrieta gave up four runs in a start ...

- Jon Stewart was the host of "The Daily Show"

- Corey Seager was at Triple-A Oklahoma City

- "Pizza Rat" was just the name of your roommate's cousin's awful hardcore band

- Jurassic World was the No. 1 movie in America

- Yoenis Cespedes was a Tiger

- "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa was the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

- Tom Brady was suspended for the first four games of the NFL season

- The Blue Jays were in fourth place in the AL East

... and it was the exact day that Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy.

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