The post-Fukudome era begins with a thud. Clearly, he was the glue.
The series was full of low-scoring affairs, and the Cubs lost all of ’em. Randy Wells wasn’t atrocious, but he was all-too-hittable today, and once again, the Cubs’ bats failed to show up. That old failure-to-hit-with-runners-in-scoring-position bit the Cubs again today. In case you haven’t heard about the problem in a long time, rest assured: it’s not that the problem went away, it’s just that, when the Cubs slipped into the abyss, the problem stopped mattering as much. Indeed, it was a problem the entire series.