I’d first like to start out by saying that even though Anthony Rizzo went 0-4 today, he’s still the greatest leadoff hitter ever, how about of all time.
But Rizzo did cool down today as he went 0-4 when he previously was scorching at the plate when batting leadoff. In fact, the whole offense mustard up 2 hits all game. TWO! Pathetic. However even with Rizzo cooling off and the bats being silent, the Cubs still had a great chance to win this game.
Chicago got out to an early 2-0 lead over the Padres thanks to Ian Happ (the HAPPSTER) hitting a 2 run ding dong dinger in the bottom of the fourth. Which was one of only two hits all day. Sadly, that would be all the scoring from the Cubs today as they wouldn’t get another runner home the rest of the day.
That disappointing part is that the pitching was great. Eddie Butler gave you 4 innings of 1 run baseball. However, I would have like to see him go deeper and be more efficient but he did pitch well. Justin Grimm came out of the bullpen and threw scoreless baseball, Duensing gave up 1 run and then Koji gave up 1 run. If the whole staff only allows 3 runs, I expect the Cubs to win more times than not. Today just wasn’t one of those days.
I can’t complain to much because the Cubs did just win 4 of their last 6 and I’ll take that any day. But I have to complain about something and today it’s the bats. 2 hits against the Padres? Come on man. You’re better than that.
I have faith they’ll figure it out though. Still a lot of baseball to be played for the Cubs.