Even a great team will lose 50-60 games a year, but some losses are particularly galling. The Cubs 6-3 loss to the Brewers falls under that category. First of all, on a day with the wind blowing in, Cubs pitchers walked 10 Brewers. By way of contrast, Brewers pitchers walked 1. Recent Cubs starting rotation hope, Eddie Butler, walked 5 in 3 innings. Mike Montgomery came on and walked 3 in 2 innings while taking the loss.. The final score was 6-3 Brewers.
After the Cubs had taken a 3-2 lead on a Willson Contreras 2 run single, the Brewers cobbled together a 2 run rally in the 5th. It was like bleeding out from a thousand paper cuts. The Brewers tied the score on a 2 out, bases loaded dribbler to Cubs second baseman, Ben Zobrist. I think Javy Baez could have made the play, but unfortunately, he was playing shortstop. The hit came after Montgomery didn't get the call on a pitch that could have been called strike three.
Montgomery followed with a baes loaded walk to Jesus Aguilar on a 3-2 pitch. That pitch looked like a strike, but again Montgomery didn't get the call.
The coup de gras occurred in the 7th inning. With one out and Eric Thames on first, Jonathan Villar hit a pop fly to left field. Well actually deep short. Kyle Schwarber called Javy Baez off the ball, then dropped it. Schwarber compounded the problem by trying a backhand flip to second in an effort to get the force out. The flip ended up in right field and runners advanced to second and third. Both eventually scored.
It's time for the Cubs to come to the realization this isn't 2016 anymore. Kyle Schwarber is hurting the team. I checked his WAR and it was at -.8. I love Kyle and what he's done, but, at least for now, Kyle needs to go to Iowa and Ian Happ needs to go to left field. In fairness to Kyle, he made a great diving catch earlier in the game to save a run. But, still, the Cubs need more out of the LF/leadoff slot. Cubs lose If Schwarber goes to Iowa, it could be a wakeup call for the Cubs in general.
After the White Sox won the world series in 2005 after an 88 year drought, they seem to be content with the one championship. They fed off the carcass of that 2005 championship until the Cubs won last year. I hope the Cubs don't take a protracted victory lap after winning the world series for the first time in 108 years.
Speaking of the Sox, they lost again last night. Last night's loss was a 5-4 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Mariners. The Sox did rally from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game before losing in the bottom of the 9th.
Matt Davidson, Todd Frazier and Tim Anderson all homered for the Sox. Dylan Covey was the Sox starter and went 6 innings and gave up 4 runs. In other words, he did what he pretty much always does, pitch well enough not to get blown out, but not well enough to win. Covey's ERA stands at 7.64.
Dan Jennings came on in the bottom of the 9th to pick up the loss. Ricky Renteria is going to be challenged to keep the Sox from going into their annual death spiral.
More next time.
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