The Cubs couldn’t do much against Giants starter Ty Blach through seven innings, despite sending so many balls into play (as his style requires), many of which were well-struck and just didn’t do damage.
By the time they finally broke through in the 8th inning with a couple two-run homers, they were already in a substantial hole. From there, the Cubs netted four outs on balls hit near or above 100 mph, and then Ian Happ, representing the tying run, struck out to end the game. That makes for a frustrating what-could-have-been ending, man.
That part came courtesy of John Lackey, who gave up far too much hard contact to a team that doesn’t typically have much of it. It was actually a fairly typical start for Lackey this year: not too many walks, decent number of strikeouts, not a lot of absolute rockets, but too much air-bound solid contact, and a couple homers. He’s got better starts in him – I can see it! I swear! – but there have been too many of these ones so far this year.
Ugh. That dang eighth inning got my hopes up when I’d already made peace with the ugly first seven innings …