Another disappointing performance in Milwaukee for the Chicago Cubs. After starting the game with a glimmer of hope on a Dexter Fowler lead-off home run, the Cubs were only able to muster 2 more runs the rest of the way. In fact, the only Cub to muster up at least 2 hits was Miguel Montero who went 2-3 with a walk, RBI, and run scored. The Cubs would have a shot late with 3 chances in the 9th with the go ahead run at the plate, but each would be squandered as Javier Baez would strike out, Dexter Fowler would hit a deep fly ball, and Jason Heyward would go down swinging to end the game.
It was a tough start for Jason Hammel, who allowed 2 home runs which contributed to his 4 earned runs allowed. It was the big guy’s first loss of this season in which he has been absolutely stellar to this point.
No doubt this leaves a sour taste in Chicago’s mouth. This is the longest stretch the Cubs have had of mediocre baseball all season. What makes it frustrating is that they aren’t playing awful. They’re just not really clicking. They’re playing average, vanilla baseball. As I’ve said before, this is the byproduct of going on these winning benders. You’ve gotta come back to reality from time to time and face the music.
Too much of a good thing is a thing, even if that thing is winning.