Son of a …
The Cubs dropped their third in a row tonight, and in the most frustrating fashion: failure to come through time and time again with runners on, and then blowing a late lead.
Facing lefty reliever Steven Brault, the Cubs managed just three runs through five innings, stranding eight in the process. From there, the offense did nothing against the Pirates bullpen, and the Cubs’ own bullpen coughed up a slim one-run lead in the 8th inning (OF COURSE IT WAS THE 8TH INNING). Carl Edwards Jr., some wildness, and some bloopers were the culprit this time.
Before that 8th inning, though, the Cubs could have capitalized on quite a few additional scoring opportunities, but the timely hits just weren’t there.
The Cubs wasted a great Kyle Hendricks start in the process, and set themselves up for a difficult job to split this series: they’ll have to beat both Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon.
That loss really sucked.