If there was a day the Chicago Cubs could forget, it was yesterday. The Cubs lost to the Los Angeles Angels, 13-2.
It was bad. Very bad. The Angels are a tough team and like the Cubs, their record doesn’t show just how awesome they could be. Well, the Cubs found out plenty.
“Can’t sugarcoat it too much,” Jeff Samardzija said. “They just kicked my ass today and that’s just the way it goes. It’s a resilient game. Have to learn from your mistakes and go from there.”
That’s about all the Cubs can do from this. Samardzija got in tough right from the get go. Giving up five runs in the first inning alone and eventually nine, it was a game that the Shark might want to go back and take another look at. I’m not saying that he pitched terribly, but he was facing guys like Hamilton, Pujols and Trumbo. These guys will make any pitcher pay when they see the right pitch. That’s why the Angels have them.
“[Last year] he got out of the gates really well and went into the break struggling a little bit and then the last eight starts he had were awesome,” Dale Sveum said. “I think it’s one of those things now, a little bit of confidence, and trying to do too much when things get out of whack.”
“Give credit to some really good hitters,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “They get paid a lot of money to hit mistakes and they obviously didn’t miss them tonight.”
The Cubs begin a crucial four game set today against the rival St. Louis Cardinals. I say crucial because the Cubs mathematically can still make a Wild Card spot, but they have to take pretty much all four games against the Cardinals. It’s going to be difficult, but we’ve seen all year the great team that can be the Cubs.
Game time is 8:05 tonight with Edwin Jackson getting the start.