Well that was the toughest loss yet this season. The Cubs surrendered to the Pirates 8-1 as Kyle Hendricks gave up three walks during five innings of work.
The hardest part was the Cubs ended their four game winning streak.
“I threw pretty well overall, to be honest with you. I had my sinker back, which is the No. 1 key I was working on this week, so I was happy with that,” said Hendricks, who struck out six. “They just had a good approach tonight at the plate, honestly. Laid off some good pitches. That fifth inning just too many pitches, too many deep counts.”
Put any kind of spin on it, “It’s a character building game” but there’s plenty of baseball left. Tonight is an off night for the Cubs and they’ll need before they face the woeful Brewers which should help the Cubs keep pace of the Cardinals.
The good news is that Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Jorge Soler, Chris Coghlan, Miguel Montero, Dexter Fowler, Tommy La Stella and Kris Bryant have snagged All Star votes this season. It’s been awhile since the Cubs have had bona fide All Stars without the “token’ player spot on the team. It’s well deserved.
“With 11 games, I don’t feel like I’ve done much to earn that yet,” Bryant said. “I play the game to win, not to get those type of awards. It definitely is something pretty cool.”
What a cool guy! Humble as hell!
All right, so the ongoing debate whether the Cubs tampered with the Tampa Bay Rays in the hiring of Joe Maddon, has been put to rest. The verdict?
“We’re glad the process is over,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said on Wednesday. “The entire time, we encouraged them to be thorough. Obviously, there was no wrongdoing.”
The Cubs saw a window of opportunity and they took it, it’s as simple as that.
“From my perspective, obviously, there’s zero hard feelings,” Maddon said. “These are my guys for many years. Without the opportunity they gave me, I wouldn’t be sitting here right now, and I’ll always be grateful for that.”
Yeah, there might be some bitterness and I still feel horrible for Ricky Renteria who I still think will end up in Montreal.