I have to get out some annoying – but true! – obligatory stuff up front:
- The Cubs lost to a bad team tonight, but that happens a lot in a 162 game season.
- The Cubs got shut down until the 9th inning by a heretofore extremely unsuccessful pitcher, but that does happen sometimes by virtue of a combination of extreme outlier performance on a given night plus bad luck.
- The Cubs have lost four of their last six, with three of those losses coming against bad teams, but, again, that’s just something that happens.
- Kyle Hendricks started getting hit quite a bit the third time through the order, which is always frustrating, but it’s not like it’s new.
- The Cubs’ bats are no more a threat to get no-hit tomorrow than they were before this one – which is to say, the Cubs still have a great set of bats.
Ok. Now that I’ve got that all out …
Damn that was a mega frustrating game. It just feels like a game like that should never, ever happen to a team like the Cubs. Beaten in all phases by an inferior team, and completely shut down by a pitcher who should, frankly, be far more likely to last only a few innings.
To his credit, Chase Anderson pitched legitimately well after looking incredibly hittable (and getting lucky) for the first three innings. From there, he seemed to command the hell out of his pitches, keep Cubs hitters off balance, and dominate all the way until he gave up back-to-back homers to Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant with a couple outs in the 9th inning. He didn’t get to finish the game from there, but the die was pretty much already cast.
Just a really frustrating, stupidface game.