Man, that was ugly. The Cubs offense stayed ice cold yesterday when they opened up their three game series against the Miami Marlins.
The Cubs mustard one run on four hits against Miami’s starter, Sandy Alcantara.
Rizzo had this to say about Alcantara beating them with his fastball:
The only bright spot in the Cubs lineup was leadoff hitter Ian Happ. He went two for four and tallied the Cubs only run in the fifth when he hit a solo home run, man I was feeling good after that run.
Kyle Hendricks pitched good, not great. He went six and a third innings giving up five hits and struck out three. The big blow of course was the three run home run he gave up to Corey Dickerson in the sixth inning.
The question everyone is asking today why did David Ross let Hendricks come out in the sixth inning? He was already at 90+ pitches after the fifth and you could tell all day that he was not at his best.
I have no problem with Hendricks coming out for the seventh inning. He is one of the Cubs top pitchers and should get the chance to go out there and try to get another inning for the ball club. The issue I have is that there was no one warming up in the pen as he took the mound that inning. After the two Marlins reached base that should have been it for Hendricks. He should have never faced Dickerson. Of course the way Jeffress pitched this game, makes me wonder if it would not have mattered who was on the mound. The Marlins were going to take the lead that inning.
Ultimately, Kyle Hendricks did not get just four hits against the Marlins and Ross did not score just one run. This loss is on the offense. Kyle Hendricks only gave up three runs, on a day that he did not have his best stuff. The offense is ice cold and if they do not show up for game two, then the 2020 season for the Cubs will be over.
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