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Spooky season: 5 scariest days of the 2021 Chicago Cubs season

Thomas Erbe
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#5. June 30: Chicago Cubs lose to Brewers 15-7 after seven-run first inning.

Coming into this Wednesday matinee travel day, the Cubs had dropped the previous five games after no-hitting the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Cubs were looking to avoid being swept in Milwaukee before returning to Chicago for a massive ten game homestand.

Brewers  rookie Aaron Ashby took the mound for his first career start and the Cubs welcomed him to the bigs in remarkable fashion, putting up seven runs and chasing him after just two-thirds of an inning. He left the game with a career 54.00 ERA. Things looked great for Chicago, leading 7-0 after just one half inning.

And it just got worse from there.

Jake Arrieta, needing a big start to prove he was still a key piece in the rotation, was given a seven-run cushion (including a run he scored himself) before he even took the mound. This was a perfect scenario for him to give the Cubs five or six innings to work out some of his struggles. The first inning got messy, but only surrendered one run on a bases loaded walk. Then, messy turned to bad, which quickly turned to worse.

Arrieta only could manage two outs in the second before getting the hook, giving up five more runs. The bullpen then went on to surrender nine more runs in the game, and the Brewers came back from being down 7-0 in the first to scoring fifteen unanswered runs, beating the Cubs 15-7. This was the sixth loss in what would end up being an eleven game losing streak, ultimately sealing the fate of the Cubs season and plan to move forward.

You would think (and certainly hope) this is the only time a loss like this would take place for a team, but unfortunately that was not the case.

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