Sigh. After losing (miserably) to the Diamondbacks in the finale two nights ago, the Cubs delivered another painful loss on the South Side of Chicago today. The White Sox tagged starter Jose Quintana for five runs over 5.0 innings of work, on the strength of nine hits (which is ten fewer hits than they wound up with (yikes)).
Quintana also struck out 8 batters and walked none, but it just wasn’t a good outing. And the fact that it came against a very weak White Sox lineup right after Cole Hamels was bombed by a very weak Diamondbacks lineup just makes it worse.
If there was any “good” to be taken out of today’s effort, it was that Daniel Murphy had a solid day at the plate once again (including a homer), but that’s about it. Without a win, the Cubs’ magic number remains at 8. Hopefully, the Pirates hang on to beat the Brewers. Today was a bad day.