After another absolutely heart-crushing loss on the road, this Chicago Cubs season has seen probably one of its darkest moments.
Milwaukee has become a place of nightmares recently for the Chicago Cubs, going back to late last year when the Brewers went on their surge. The Cubs are now 1-3 at Miller Park this year and overall 19-30 away from Wrigley Field. We will get back to that later. Last night specifically was particularly bad.
In a crucial part of the 2019 season, which began a nine-game streak of playing the Brewers and Cardinals in this tight NL Central, the Cubs fell apart late yet again. A 2-0 lead thanks to a David Bote homer would be officially lost in the eighth inning when Brandon Kintzler and Pedro Strop could not hold on. Kintzler started the inning and Strop came in with two on and one out only to hit a batter, get a pop-out, then give up a game-winning single to Ben Gamel.
This loss saw the Cardinals take sole possession of first place and the Brewers inch closer. It felt worse than a gut-punch, it felt like a kick to the groin. What made the game even worse is that many Cubs fans expected the worst even when leading. Same movie, different day. It was so bad but almost unsurprising the way it went down. This was discussed last night on an emotionally-fueled mini-episode of Climbing The Ivy.