Not even rain could help the Chicago Cubs avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals. Sunday’s loss extends their losing streak to five games leading into Monday.
Well, that was fun. With children falling asleep in the stands, the Chicago Cubs fell victim to yet another walk-off homer. What makes it worse is that it came off the bat of former leadoff man, Dexter Fowler.
It hasn’t been a great start to the month of May for the Cubs, who had themselves a 3-2 lead in the 14th inning. Infielder Javier Baez stepped to the dish late in the game, launching his ninth home run of the season over the wall in center field.
Baez was the only member of the Cubs who had more than one hit on the evening. Not to mention, he made a great defensive play that could have ended the game. Instead, his throw went over the glove of Anthony Rizzo, giving Harrison Bader a two-out infield single.
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That is when Fowler stepped to the plate and delivered the game-winning blow to the team in which he helped win a World Series. The walk-off bomb was actually a first for Fowler as Luke Farrell (1-1, 5.40 ERA) was in line for his first career save.
Farrell, who picked up the loss and blown save, struck out the first two batters of the frame. He left a fastball down, high enough for Fowler to make solid contact.
Very few hits across the board
So, what stood out? At the end of the night, not including Baez, Joe Maddon‘s lineup finished 7-for-42 at the dish. That number is absolutely insane. Aside from Kris Bryant‘s solo bomb in the fourth, there wasn’t much going on for the former National League MVP.
Sunday’s starter, Jon Lester (2-1, 2.82 ERA) worked through 6 1/3 innings, yielding two earned runs on six hits. The big hit of his evening came off the bat of Jedd Gyorko in the second inning which knotted things up at one apiece.
Lester’s last decision came in the form of a loss in Chicago’s brief two-game return to Cleveland on April 25th.
Following a weekend of sorrow, it’s time for the Chicago Cubs to return home to Wrigley Field as they welcome the Miami Marlins. Miami’s visit to Chicago means a North Side reunion for infielder Starlin Castro.
Castro helped the Marlins defeat the Cincinnati Reds by the final score of 8-5 as he strung together two hits with three RBI under his belt. Last time Starlin came back home, he was wearing a Yankee uniform and received a warm welcome back to the Friendly Confines.
Come Monday, the same thing will happen again. Except, we’re hoping our Cubbies are finally able to snap their five-game skid. We’ll have a series preview for you shortly.