Chicago Cubs: Ian Happ was hot; Justin Wilson was not

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The Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ just about hit for the cycle, falling a single short. But after several impressive games from Justin Wilson, today was just not his day.

For the Chicago Cubs, they kept battling back from being down to the Cincinnati Reds. Even when their closer Raisel Iglesias came in, they were able to fight their way back into the game. But entering the bottom of the 11th inning, things seem to fall apart for the Cubs.

After eight straight games, Justin Wilson couldn’t find the strike zone. After Joe Maddon had to turn to a five-man infield, Wilson walked Billy Hamilton to end the game 5-4.

Going was tough for left on base

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The Cubs struggled, going 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position and leaving 14 on-base. The Reds left 10 on-base but were also 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

But the man of the hour was Wilson, who walked three men in his inning. He couldn’t seem to find his command, unable to find the proper delivery for any of his pitches.

Happ on fire

Happ, on the other hand, seems to found his stride. After many fans have called for his send down or trade (really?), he broke free in a major way on Saturday.

Happ went 3-for-3 with a walk, getting a double, triple and home run. He struck out in his final attempt, but still a solid effort for the young man.

For Wilson, the jury is still out. After eight solid performances without allowing a run, this will certainly show as a blemish to his record.

And while he looked impressive in those appearances, this will definitely show as bad one to all of those.

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If your having a hard time from walking someone, how can you be trusted with the game on the line? Who knows. Maybe Maddon put him out there with that direct reason in mind.

Whichever the case, the Cubs have another game this evening against the Reds. It’ll be Jose Quintana (4-3, 5.23) against Sal Romano (2-4, 4.84). We’ll see how much of the lineup changes as we get to tonight.