Chicago Cubs: Jon Lester hammered in loss to Detroit Tigers
Cubs drop third straight; Adding pitching depth
Even with the wind blowing out, the Chicago Cubs Jon Lester seemed like the least likely to get hit hard. Although if his history against the Detroit Tigers was any indication, we should have seen this coming. The Tigers tagged Lester for seven runs, forcing him to leave before he could even complete the third inning. The bullpen didn’ fare much better, and the Cubs offense couldn’t keep pace with the Tigers.
Kris Bryant, Dexter Fowler, and Kyle Schwarber all homered, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers kept piling on en route to the 15-8 win. The Cubs have now dropped three straight games after winning nine in a row.
The Cubs made a signing on Wednesday, inking former top prospect Trevor Cahill to a minor league deal. Cahill won 30 games between 2010 and 2011 season in Oakland, but it’s been a struggle since. After pitching for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, he opted out of his deal. The move may not have an impact on this season unless the back-end of the rotation continues to sputter.
The Cubs got some “help” from–of all teams–the Cardinals. St. Louis held off the San Francisco Giants in a 4-3 win thanks to Yadier Molina‘s 100th home run of his career. The Cards win helped keep the Giants from gaining any ground on the Cubs in the Wild Card standings.
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