I feel bad for John Lackey, I really do. After last night’s loss to the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 The Texan hasn’t won since June 8th. It’s just not that he hasn’t pitched well either, but it boils down to tough luck.
“I thought he threw the ball really well,” Maddon said of Lackey. “He had really good stuff. If we scored a couple of runs, he’s had himself a good night. It just didn’t work out. Their guy Davies pitched really well.”
It’s hard to lose to basement dwelling teams, but it’s even harder to suffer defeat at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers. Division rivals and Ryan Braun is still their leader. That’s a tough pill to swallow.
“We’re playing fine,” Lackey said. “Won a couple of series coming out of the break. We have a chance to win another one tomorrow. Just have to play a little better.”
Last night’s game marked the debut of new Cub Mike Montgomery and well, it didn’t go quite as planned. He had a three run homer hit against him by Kirk Nieuwenhuis. That’s not the way you would like to start with your new team but he’ll turn the corner soon. That’s the best part of the game, there’s always tomorrow.
So, I’d like to mention Ben Zobrist‘s struggles recently. I’m not going to mention Jason Heyward because, well, we just don’t know what’s wrong with his playing. The Cubs signed him for his defence so I’ve resigned myself to the fact that he won’t be a beast at the plate, but Zobrist?
“[Zobrist] is not going to be what you saw at the beginning of the year all year long,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “I’ve seen him go through difficult moments in the past and he’s come out on the other side. He’s one of those guys who even when he’s going through difficult moments will get on base, take his walk. He’ll still do something on a particular night.”
While that’s true, Zobrist did get things going last night by collecting a hit and going 2 for 4. Zobrist will find his groove back, that I believe.
Jon Lester gets the ball today as the Cubs look to take series from the Brewers. Game time is 2:10 EST