In retrospect, the “hit one solo homer per game” strategy was probably never the ideal path to sustained success.
Ben Zobrist did it tonight, and once again the rest of the offense failed to come through. The Pirates have a sneaky good pitching staff, but still – three runs in three games is a very rough stretch. The Cubs are fortunate to be 2-1.
To that end, the overall pitching for the Cubs was once again very good, but they had to burn through the bullpen to make it happen thanks to a two-inning start from Tyler Chatwood, which was pretty much what we’ve come to expect from a Tyler Chatwood start. There can’t be a player on the team looking more forward to the offseason reset than he is.