This was a very frustrating game to cap off a frustrating weekend. Yu Darvish was really good in innings 3-6. He gave up a couple runs in the 1st and 2nd, yet wrangled out of trouble in both innings. He was his ace self in the middle innings and ended his night by giving up a double and a 2-run home run to Max Kepler. I guess that’s what you call a mixed bag.
Darvish’s final line: 6+ innings, 9 hits, 9 Ks, 1 BB. It’d be really cool if he wins the Cy Young and all but he just seems a bit tired. I keep saying it…I hope his last start is just a 3 inning tune-up cause the Cubs wrapped up the division. But, to be honest, that’s looking a bit doubtful.
The bullpen — Tepera, Adam, Chaffin — threw 3 shutout innings. In his Cubs debut, Andrew Chaffin gave up a double to Max Kepler but didn’t break. Kepler wound up 3 for 5, with 3 RBI. More on him below.
José Berríos was outstanding. He tossed 6 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits. Not sure when the Cubs got 4.
I mean…is there anything else to talk about here besides the offense? They scored a total of 2 runs in the series. They managed 12 total hits. I’m not sure how many times they struck but I don’t want to look it up. Seemed like a lot. They look lost at the plate and they can’t really afford to be lost right now. Nothing left to do but just hope they figure it out.
Kyle Schwarber’s play on the triple in the 1st. That might be what got him benched but he’s been bad but so has everyone else…whatever.
I think Alex Rodriguez is just bad at telling stories. Coupling that with his poor baseball analysis and you have a bad combination.
The Cubs are going into the last week of the season with 4 in Pittsburgh and 3 on the south side to close it out. They got a week to figure this shit out.