The Cubs did fans a favor by allowing most to turn in at a reasonable hour. Cole Hamels was due for a rough outing and it coming in game 30 scheduled for 30 straight. The Diamondbacks jumped out to an early lead. Jon Jay bounced a groundball back up the middle to start the Arizona onslaught. He had to switch spots wiht Ildemaro Vargas. Ketel Marte singled and Christian Walker did his best Paul Goldschmidt impression with a home run to dead center. Patrick Kivlehan tripled with one out, and he scored on a two out Chris Owings single.
Hamels settled in and faced the minimum through five innings. Despite the big lead surrendered, Hamels pitch count was very low heading into the sixth inning, but hopes for another clean frame were dashed quickly. Kivlehan tripled with Kris Bryant unable to play the tricky caroom in left. Nick Ahmed drove him in and reached second on a Bryant misplay. It didn't matter much as Chris Owings made it a touchdown lead for Arizona.
The Cubs offense did little all night. Robbie Ray gave up a leadoff single to Addison Russell. He then struck out the next three Cubs batters he faced. That would be the only hit the Cubs registered on the evening. Ray would scatter four walks as well on his way to six scoreless frames. The Cubs could do nothing as Brad Ziegler, Yoshihisa Hirano, and Andrew Chafin each pitched clean frames.
The Diamondbacks added a safety against the Cubs bullpen. Allen Webster made his Cubs debut pitching in the eighth inning. He retired the first Arizona hitters, but Chris Owings smacked a single to keep the inning alive. Jeff Mathis then hit his first home run of the season to extend the Diamondbacks lead to 9-0. Webster retired Socrates Brito to end the inning, and the game had already been well out of reach for the tired bats.
The Cubs finally get a day off.
A recap posted on the calendar day after the game started locally featuring one hit for the away side. This clip works on so many levels right now.