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That’d be six losses in a row for the Cubs, and that streak is not tethered to any event that happened in the recent past. Don’t do it.

Dallas Beeler didn’t have the same command he showed in his debut against the Nationals, and his skill set is such that, if he’s not hitting his spots – let alone walking guys – he’s not going to succeed. So it was for him tonight. It wasn’t a disastrous outing or anything, but it wasn’t the best example of what he can do.

As for the other youngster, Arismendy Alcantara had a forgettable debut at the plate, with a couple decent at bats, but nothing to show for it (and a couple strikeouts). He made a few nice plays in the field, though, which was good to see at second base. He looked perfectly comfortable there – not that that is unexpected, since he’s a natural shortstop who’s been working at second for the better part of a year now.

At least Anthony Rizzo had a huge game on the eve of the Final Vote thing actually counting on Twitter (if you tweet #VoteRizzo tomorrow from 9am to 3pm CT, it counts as a vote).

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