It’s not quite a perfect parallel for the season so far, but that game sure looked fantastic early for the Cubs, and then was a whole lotta painful.
A couple solo homers in the first made it seem like the Cubs were going to knock around Tyler Mahle … who thereafter proceeded to give up nothing and strike out 55 Cubs. They didn’t even manage a hit again until the 8th inning against the bullpen. Then, of course, the Cubs burned us up with a two-homer teaser rally in the 9th, leaving us to wonder what might have been if one of their other warning track shots had gone out or if Freddy Galvis’s BS homer had stayed in … sigh. They just did this crap to us earlier this week.
Another rough outing for Kyle Hendricks in Cincinnati, where he just cannot keep the ball down.
It might just be recency bias based on his last two starts (this year) in Cincinnati, but it just seems like Hendricks has a helluva hard time keeping the ball down in this ballpark. This is not him: pic.twitter.com/9SPKJNP6Zp
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) August 29, 2020
Add it up, and it was an extremely irksome loss for the Cubs, in a stretch of far too many of those.