Hello and welcome to Cubs Den! Please pause ten seconds as I try to stop rolling my eyes at the Cubs so I can actually formulate sentences and write a recap.
Okay, I’m done. Now we can talk about the absolute IMPLOSION of a game we all just watched. If you missed it, consider yourself lucky! The Cubs dropped this game to the Royals 9-0, which allowed the Royals to salvage the series and snap a six-game skid.
Jose Quintana started for the Cubs and gave up five runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out four. The first of his troubles came in the bottom of the 2nd where the Royals got two runs on a double by Drew Butera. Quintana issues both of his walks in that inning and both of them came back to bite him and the Cubs.
The 7th inning was where Quintana ran into big trouble and knocked himself out of the game. Jorge Bonifacio singled to leadoff the inning, Brett Phillips followed with a single of his own, and Adalberto Mondesi homered to bring both men home, and put the Royals up 5-0. Quintana stayed in to get one out, a strikeout of Drew Butera before being replaced by Tyler Chatwood. As everyone knows, Chatwood started the season as a starter but with little success and the acquisition of Cole Hamels, the Cubs elected to move him to the pen. Chatwood retired all three batters he faced in the 7th inning, but his 8th inning was not as pretty.
In the bottom of the 8th, Hunter Dozier led off with a walk. Lucas Duda followed with a single, and the Royals were in business with two men on and nobody out. Next up Jorge Bonifacio doubled, and ended up on third on an error by Addison Russell. That hit by Bonifacio was his second of the night and made it a 7-0 ball game. The inning got worse as Brett Phillips also got his second hit, a triple, scoring the man from third, and putting the Royals up 8-0. The final run of the inning and game came on a sacrifice fly by Drew Butera. At the end of eight innings, the Royals led 9-0.
The Cubs managed only three hits - a leadoff single by the birthday boy, and best leadoff hitter of all time, Anthony Rizzo in the 1st inning, and consecutive singles in the 7th by David Bote and Tommy La Stella. That was it. Quintana got no run support and his record is now 10-8 on the season. There’s no way around it, the Cubs had a terrible game, but at least got the series win.
The silver lining is that despite the Cubs losing and the Brewers winning tonight, we still hold a 1.5 game division lead. The Cubs have a much needed off day tomorrow, and will face the third place Washington Nationals at Wrigley for a three-game set starting Friday afternoon. That’ll be a 1:20 on NBC Sports Chicago where the Cubs will send Kyle Hendricks to the mound. The starter for the Nationals has yet to be announced. Let’s hope that the Cubs get some relaxation in tomorrow and come back swinging against Bryce Harper and the Nationals!
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