This series featured loads of great starting pitching performances, and tonight didn’t disappoint with the two biggest names. Jon Lester was very good, but Max Scherzer was better (or the Cubs’ bats were worse, I suppose). The Cubs made some solid contact early, but the balls didn’t fall, and Scherzer settled into domination mode. The dude is just good.
Lester was good, too, and probably would have gone another inning if not for an untimely Addison Russell error that prolonged an inning and allowed a run to score. Lester gave up a homer to Bryce Harper, but, hey, who hasn’t?
Offensively, the Cubs had their best chance in the 8th inning, getting the first two men on, but Kris Bryant popped out (can’t be a hero every time), Dexter Fowler bunted out (took a great play to get him), and Starlin Castro grounded out (outside pitch, weak grounder to short, you know the drill).
With that, the Cubs drop the series. Pitchers did well in the series, but the bats didn’t do enough.