The bats kinda fell silent today after the recent breakouts, which is probably a bigger story than the flub in the 5th inning that handed the Brewers two of their runs. Manny Piña homered off of Andrew Chafin for the other two, and that was enough, as the Cubs didn’t do much.
Adbert Alzolay once again looked absolutely dominant through four innings, let a couple runners reach in the 5th, and with two outs he was pulled. At 83 pitches, I guess I can see it getting super close in that moment, and you decide you want the match-up, but dang if I didn’t want to see Alzolay get a chance to finish the inning. And not just because of what happened next: Rex Brothers came in and went walk, walk, HBP to give up two runs and allow the Brewers to tie. Unacceptable in its own right.
Nico Hoerner had another really nice game, with a two-run double and two walks, and Jason Heyward homered late to get the Cubs within one. But that was all they got.
David Ross wasn’t around to see the finale, because, after Nico Hoerner had walked against Josh Hader to open the bottom of the 9th, this was the first call against Jake Marisnick. Not even close:
This brutal strike call just got David Ross tossed. pic.twitter.com/KYOuOVcrC8
— Bleacher Nation Cubs (@BleacherNation) April 24, 2021
Marisnick wound up striking out, followed by Ian Happ striking out and Willson Contreras flying out. What might have been.