Chris Volstad was brutal in the first inning, with no clue where the ball was going once it left his hand, and with absolutely no sink on his sinker. The Cubs’ defense wasn’t much better, resembling clowns tumbling out of a tiny car while kicking the ball all over the field.
Even when Volstad strung together a few “good” innings, the ball still didn’t look like it was doing what he wanted it to do. I won’t be surprised to hear some post-game comments about the cold, and his grip. I’m not saying whether or not I think those comments will be legitimate. I just expect to hear them.
Credit to the Cubs’ offense for trying to claw back into the thing by scraping runs together here and there. It’s not their fault the pitching kept giving the runs right back. Ian Stewart had three sure-fire hits that were absolutely robbed.