As Joe Maddon is fond of saying, they can't all be Rembrandt's. Or something to that effect. In a season of 162 of these things, you're going to get some pretty loose efforts here and there. This one would definitely qualify as that, as the Cubs just made mistakes and played in a way that didn't seem all there.
Let's take the first inning as an example, when Lucas Giolito was just the latest Sox starter to treat the strike zone as some sort of quarantine area for malaria. After three walks in the first, and walking Schwarber right in front of him on four pitches, Addison Russell comes up swinging at the first pitch. Now, I guess you could argue Giolito would be looking to just get anything over, but that was a pitcher's pitch. If you're going up there intent on swinging, and you should probably make him throw a strike anyway, it's gotta be one spot or nothing. That's just not all there.
The second inning saw Kyle Hendricks try three straight change-ups to Matt Davidson, and if any pitcher can get away with that I guess it's Kyle, but it still seems like it's pushing it. And Davidson pushed it all the way to the bleachers in a hurry.
The third inning saw Willson Contreras with a throwing error to set up the equalizer for the Sox. Again, loose.
The fourth inning is the killer, as the Cubs had second and third with no out and didn't score. Russell with a base-running screwy (not a good day for him) and then Zobrist grounding into a double play and it was over before you could crack open a beer. You have to get more than the one run that the Cubs did there.
And that was about it. Their ABs from there on out were pretty quick and didn't seem like working much, even though Giolito's control remained spotty. Hendricks made another mistake to Delmonico, which hey, that happens. It just sucks when your lineup is basically laying down in the box after that. The Cubs managed one hit from the sixth inning on, and the Sox bullpen isn't exactly a a grouping of Smash TV weapons (none of you are going to get that, are you?) Felt like a Sunday game where the Cubs were still beaming over their efforts over the rest of the week/weekend. Been there, for sure.
Duensing didn't cover himself in glory either, and Steve Cishek came in for his 76th appearance of the season. His arm is going to be about 12 feet long by September at this rate.
Disappointment for the moms. Nothing worse than disappointing mom, Cubs. Feel shame, you will. Would have been nice to get the streak up to six with the surprisingly spiky Braves on tap for the next four. But you can't always have nice things. My mom told me that repeatedly, usually after I broke something pretending to be Ryno. So let's end with that.
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