At least it wasn’t a frustrating extra-innings loss? … is an embarrassing blowout better?
Facing this year’s Yankees at Yankee Stadium is a tough enough assignment for any pitcher. For an inexperienced two-pitch pitcher? It’s really, really tough. And when that pitcher doesn’t have his best command, it’s toast.
So it was for Matt Swarmer tonight, who had way too many belt-high pitches over the middle, and also way too many non-competitive balls. It was the kind of night that leads to history:
Matt Swarmer allowed 6 HR, the most by a Cubs pitcher since Tom Lee allowed 6 in a game on June 28, 1884 (also 6).
He's the 2nd pitcher in MLB history to allow 6 solo HR in a game, joining Hollis "Sloppy" Thurston on August 13, 1932. pic.twitter.com/9jhiQ7zVd6
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 12, 2022
The Yankees were really just rubbing it in, since only one of those homers was necessary to win the game. The Cubs’ offense was utterly punchless.
Including this sad bit …