Yet another game after which we get to say: at least it counts as only one loss.
The Cubs were pantsed today by the Brewers, shut out for the second straight game [EDIT: OK, the Cubs did score two late – I was PO’d and writing this up as the game wound down], and blasted out of the building. The offensive woes are the most troubling part, with the Cubs unable to put together anything resembling a threat over the past week (outside of one game in Pittsburgh). Some of it is flukey, and some of it is the choices of players in the lineup. But some of it is simply a reflection of the fact that several Cubs hitters are having very down years and this is who they are right now. Maybe some of those guys will catch a hot streak at the right time, and that’s what you have to hope for at this point, not only to lock up the Central, but also to try to make a run in the postseason.
The fingers are extremely crossed on that one.
As for the billion runs given up by the Cubs, it all started so harmlessly, with bloops and dinks and dunks and dribblers that added up to quick runs and a short day for Mike Montgomery. Then things snowballed very, very badly with a third inning that wouldn’t end. For all intents and purposes, the game ended right there.
Here’s hoping the Cubs are in extra-super shake-it-off mode tonight, because tomorrow’s game has become extremely important.