Frustration, frustration, frustration. 1 win away from clinching the NLDS, the Chicago Cubs marched into San Francisco to face Madison Bumgarner and the Giants. Bumgarner, as you ought to know, is a stud in elimination games, and his manager, Bruce Bochy, is equally as dominant, boasting a whopping current streak of 10 consecutive victories when facing elimination.
And, unfortunately for Chicago, a lack of offensive production, and some timely hitting from the opposition, led to a narrow defeat in game 3. But what frustrated me most in particular was the fact early on Bumgarner was neutralized. That was the biggest fear going in. Does Bumgarner just come out and mow down the Cubs for 9 innings, like he did the Mets. But we — or I should say JAKE — got to him.
With Cubs hitters doing a steady job of working Bumgarner’s pitch count as high as possible, they were able to send him packing after just 5 innings of work. But the real lightning bolt came from none other than Mr. Jake Arrieta. With 2 on and 2 out in the 2nd, Arrieta belted one to left field, giving the Cubs an early 3-0 lead.
But after conceding a run in both the 3rd and the 5th, Arrieta’s night would come to a close after 6 innings of work. Arriving in the 8th inning, Cubs fans started to watch the slim lead slip away, before turning to a deficit. On the strength of a Conor Gillaspie triple, and a Chase Crawford single, San Fran took a 2 run lead into the 9th.
And just when things looked their most grim, our hero, Kris Bryant came through with a towering 2 run shot to left, giving the Cubs new life in the ballgame.
That life would be short lived, as the Giants would finally take this one on a 13th inning RBI single off the bat of Joe Panik.
Good news is, we get another crack tonight. This time, with Lackey on the hill facing off against Matt Moore.