That sucked. We haven’t seen the Cubs win a playoff recreation in just a few years now, and we’ve seen three straight playoff recreation losses.
The actually quick model is one thing you’d count on: the bats have been just about non-existent, and the Marlins hit a pair homers. That’s it. Sport over.
For a lot of the recreation, Kyle Hendricks had nothing working however his fastballs. He was in a position to make it work by retaining the ball on the bottom and with some stable protection behind him. He began to get the changeup and curveball working a little bit bit within the fifth and sixth, however laborious contact within the seventh – when he was over 100 pitches – bit him. Exhausting single, laborious single, three-run homer in speedy succession. David Ross is gonna get ripped for the choice to go away Hendricks in that lengthy, nevertheless it was at the least a detailed name. My remark was to let Hendricks face the righties within the seventh, however have somebody up. When issues acquired to Dickerson, the lefty, that’s when pulling the set off would’ve made sense (and never simply because, effectively, he homered – it was Hendricks’ fourth time seeing Dickerson on the day). Possibly Andrew Chafin ought to’ve been up in anticipation of that second? Alas.
Jeremy Jeffress took over for Hendricks, and promptly gave up a single and a homer of his personal. Who is aware of what would’ve occurred if he’d been in a batter earlier – completely different man and all – nevertheless it’s not like he got here in and was nails.
Offensively, the Cubs actually struggled with Sandy Alcantara, who was wild early on, however battled effectively in deep counts, and acquired loads higher as the sport went on. It simply kinda wound up trying like so, so many video games we noticed this yr.
However this one mattered much more. Good luck, Yu Darvish. May need to close the Marlins out tomorrow.