OK, so sometimes they relent.

The Cubs fell 6-1 to the Rockies today at Wrigley Field, and that’s what an ugly loss looks like.

Had you forgotten? It’s not fun at all to watch, but it’s also part of the deal with a sport that’s as much about dealing with the many momentary failures as it is about anything else. You could blame it on the day game after a night game, or a loss of focus, or a bad match-up, or a dozen other things. For me, it’s just a bad game, and that happens, even to excellent teams.



Kyle Hendricks had some really good stuff working today for most of his start, pounding the zone, getting ground balls, getting some ugly swings. Even his error was a pretty tough play. All in all, despite the final outcome, I thought that was a fine Hendricks start. Bullpen was pretty good, too. So I guess it wasn’t an entirely ugly game.

The Cubs had something cooking in the bottom of the fifth with runners on first and third, but had Hendricks at the plate. Joe Maddon elected to keep Hendricks in for a suicide squeeze, which did not work, as Jorge Soler was thrown out easily at the plate. The next half inning, Hendricks gave up three straight singles, and two runs. I don’t want to hindsight the pinch hit decision too much, given what came next, because Hendricks was cruising. But the timing was unfortunate.

Ultimately, it probably would not have mattered, as the Cubs were kicking the ball around all day and couldn’t get much of anything going offensively.

april 15 box

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