Kinda felt like it was gonna be one of those days from early on, right up until the moment that the only run of the game scored when Javy Baez made a bad decision to throw to second base instead of first on an Adrian Gonzalez bases-loaded bouncer with two outs in the 8th inning. The bases were loaded, by the way, on a hit batter, a throwing error by Trevor Cahill, and an intentional walk. One of those days. And I’m certainly not going to rip Baez too hard for a mistake when he’s been as ridiculous as he has this year.
Each of the Cubs’ and Dodgers’ offenses were stifled by very good pitching, and an almost comically large strike zone. I won’t moan too loudly because it seemed like Jon Lester benefitted as much as the Dodgers’ pitchers did, but it was certainly frustrating. It was also frustrating to see the Cubs leave eight runners on base, and go 0-4 with runners in scoring position.
There were bright spots, if you were interested in seeing them, including Lester’s outing, Justin Grimm with three straight strikeouts, and Carl Edwards Jr. being called upon in the tightest of spots and doing his job perfectly (if Baez throws to first base, Edwards gets out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam allowing no damage; as it was, Edwards went on to strike out the next guy for good measure). There was also Jason Heyward, who had another couple hits, and also rocketed one that would have given the Cubs the lead if not for a nice play at first base.
It’s the Cubs’ second series loss on the road trip, but with the sweep in between, it was a 5-4 venture all together. I gotta tell you, that’s never bad.