Here is a summary of the sum total of the Cubs offense last night:
There that was easy enough. Cubs hitters have now not scored a run since the third inning on Sunday. The Cubs have scored one run in that time frame off the bat of noted pitcher who rakes Cole Hamels. By my social studies teacher math that means the Cubs hitters haven't scored a run in 24 straight innings.
Chris Archer looked brilliant, but the Cubs did have chances. The Cubs actually put runners in scoring position in four of the six innings the supposed ace threw, but every time he recorded a key out when needed. He ended the night strong by striking out Kyle Schwarber for a second time with a runner on third. This one was more frustrating with just one out as opposed to two outs in the first inning. Tommy La Stella struck out to end the inning. Pirates reliever only allowed a single base runner as the Cubs dropped two in a row.
Mike Montgomery had no chance with that offensive output, but the game was over after the second inning. Monty at least struck out Francisco Cervelli to start the inning, but he allowed the next four batters to reach. Pablo Reyes hit a three run home run to put the game out of reach. Chris Archer grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The third inning started with an out, but Starling Marte doubled. A groundball out moved Marte to third for Francisco Cervelli. He doubled to drive in the fourth run. Monty pitched a scoreless fourth inning, and his night was over when Adam Frazier doubled to start the fifth. Brandon Kintzler came in, and the only surprising thing was that only Frazier scored. That meant Monty was charged with five runs over four innings.
The one concerning aspect beyond the general offensive ineptitude currently was Jorge de la Rosa. He has been a nice surprise as a potential lefty option, but he entered the game in the sixth inning with two runners on. Jorge de la Rosa walked the next batter to load the bases, and then walked in the sixth run of the game. He retired Cervelli was retired to end the inning. So at least I didn't have the frustration of watching of Cervelli single handedly beating the Cubs. No instead it is Pablo Reyes that is going to potentially end the Cubs shot at a third straight division title.
The Brewers won again, and now sit just half a game back for the division crown and homefield advantage.