For the second straight game, the Cubs were blanked by Dodgers pitching. To be fair, the Dodgers’ pitchers have done this to a number of teams this year, but that’s cold comfort when the Cubs’ bats are supposed to be quite a bit better than they have been.
John Lackey looked fantastic for the first few innings of this one, and then a loss of command led to a hard contact barrage, as it has too often so far this year. It wouldn’t have mattered much, as the Cubs’ bats did nothing, but it was still a discouraging outing for a rotation still searching for guys other than Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks to offer consistency.
The Cubs did get three scoreless from the bullpen, including nice innings from Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon. It would obviously be nice to get those guys on track, even as the rest of the team struggles – might need them later this year.
In any case, this one was another throwaway affair …