That sucked. We haven’t seen the Cubs win a playoff game in a few years and we’ve seen three consecutive playoff losses.
The really short version is something you’d expect: bats are virtually non-existent, and Marlins hit a few homers. That’s it. The game is over.
For most of the game, Kyle Hendrix had nothing but his fast balls. He managed to get him to work by holding the ball on the ground and had a solid defense behind him. He started making the change and curveball work a bit on the 5th and 6th, but the hard contact on the 7th – when he was over 100 pitches – bit him. Solid single, solid single, triple homer in fast sequence. David Ross will be torn for the decision to leave Hendrix for so long, but it was at least a close conversation. My comment was to let Hendrix stand up to the righteous in the 7th, but to have someone upstairs. When it came to Dickerson, the leftist, it was that pulling the trigger would make sense (and not just because, well, he settled in ̵
Jeremy Jeffries took over Hendrix and immediately gave up singles and homers. Who knows what would have happened if he had been in the dough before – a different person and everything – but it’s not like going in and clawing.
Offensively, Cubbs did fight Sandy Alcantara, who was wild at first, but fought well in deep counts and got much better as the game progressed. It just looked like that, so many games we saw this year.
But this one meant a lot more. Good luck, Yu Darvish. We may have to shut down Marlins tomorrow.
Score from a full box.