Losing sucks, especially on back-to-back nights to a team you feel like the Cubs should be beating, in games you feel like the Cubs should have won. (I’ll definitely give you last night on that front – the Cubs farted it away and shouldn’t have.)
As for tonight’s game, I’m taking some backwards solace in knowing that if not for a very lucky bounce off of a base, the Cubs wouldn’t have had any runs at all – so how close was the game, really?
(Oh wait, now I just made myself sad thinking about how ineffectual the offense was …. )
The Cubs carried a two-run lead into the bottom of the fifth with a cruising Jose Quintana on the mound when things fell apart as the rain came down. Quintana completely lost his command, giving up some solid contact in the process, throwing two wild pitches (without much help behind the plate), and coughing up the lead in the process. A rain delay followed, failing to help the Cubs with divine power, the Reds later tacked on a cheap run on some seeing-eye singles, and that was that.
No O, all K.