Even with Tuesday’s loss at Miller Park, the Cubs are 27-10 (.730) after 37 games, the best record in baseball. The Cubs lost for the third time in four games and have dropped four of the last six. To the Cubs credit, they played the entire game and did not quit. Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant hit back-to-back homers with two outs in the ninth and showed once again a team will have to play all nine innings to beat the Cubs.
The Cubs continued an early season trend with Tuesday’s loss at Miller Park. The Cubs have struggled against teams with records under .500 that appear to be playing for the future and not this season.
Teams are gearing up for the Cubs, just as Joe Maddon said would happen, and they have to be ready to play every night.
The Cubs have lost 10 games this season, more than half of those losses have come against teams with records currently under .500 and two early in the season were against the Rockies, a team that was under .500 at the time. The Cubs have dropped two games to the Padres (17-23), one to the Reds (15-24), one to the Brewers (17-22), one to the Braves (9-29) and one to the Diamondbacks (19-23).
‘Embrace the Target’ was a message that was meant for teams like the Brewers according to Comcast SportsNet.
Maddon talked to the beat writers prior to Tuesday’s game about playing teams with losing records.
“Teams that are struggling a bit, they’re the teams that worry me even more.”
“I’ve always been concerned about that,” Maddon said. “That we take care of business against everybody. Don’t apply any more weight to any particular game. They should all weigh the same. I know we’ve played well against the Pirates, Washington, whatever. But this game tonight, at the end of the year counts for one. And you’ve got to apply the same amount of weight and energy. The threat is that the other team’s going to apply more, so you’ve got to just be ready to play. You cannot just show up.”
Tuesday night was just one loss at the beginning of a challenging nine-game, three-city road trip. How the Cubs respond Wednesday will say more than a bad game against a pitcher that had everything go his way.
Tuesday Post-Game Reports and Recap
The Cubs had a rough night in Milwaukee. Here are the post-game reports and recap …
- CCO – No Luck for Cubs, Lose Opener at Miller Park
- Comcast SportsNet – Who? Milwaukee’s Chase Anderson almost no-hits Cubs
- ESPN Chicago – Cubs’ offense is baffled again, this time by Chase Anderson and Brewers
- The Sun-Times – Cubs break up no-hitter but can’t break Brewers in 4-2 loss
Matt Szczur is eligible Wednesday (May 18) to come off the DL but it doesn’t sound like he will be activated.
The Cubs could really use Szczur for the weekend series in San Francisco, but a timetable has not been given on when he could return.
Albert Almora Jr.
Albert Almora Jr. went 1-for-4 on Tuesday in Iowa’s 5-3 loss in Reno. Almora Jr. extended his hitting streak to 14 games, a new career-high.
Almora Jr. is batting .333/.355/.483 with seven doubles, three triples and three home runs for a .838 OPS.
Albert Almora Jr. leads the Pacific Coast League in hits (49) after 36 games.
News and Notes
• According to the Tribune, Fredi Gonzalez firing reinforces Jason Heyward’s decision to sign with the Cubs.
• Comcast SportsNet reported the Cubs see Jason Heyward’s baseball luck evening out.
• Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant hit back-to-back jacks in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game, the third time this season the Cubs hit back-to-back homers … Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler on April 16, Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist on May 6.
• Scott Lindholm posted pitching, fielding and baserunning mistakes quantified and visualized.
• The Cubs extended their streak on Tuesday night of the starting pitcher completing at least five innings in each of the team’s first 37 games.
• Mark DeRosa is an early favorite to replace Fredi Gonzalez and be the next manager in Atlanta. Brian Snitker will call the shots for the Braves for the remainder of the season as the team’s interim manager.
• Tim Lincecum did not finalize the contract with the Angels. According to Jeff Fletcher the two sides are close to making the deal official but it might take a couple of days before it’s announced.
• The Pirates signed catcher Francisco Cervelli to a three-year, $31 million extension. The deal was announced Monday. Cervelli said the extension was finalized during an off-day in Chicago. Cervelli has come a long way with the Pirates since being caught up and suspended in the Biogenesis scandal three years ago.
• The Red Sox have some decisions to make on the pitching front according to Nick Cafardo.
• The Yankees designated Phil Coke for assignment.
And last, but not least, the Cubs are 72-28 over the last 100 regular season games.
This Day in Cubstory
2012 – Kerry Wood made the final appearance of his big league career. Wood announced he would retire after one more appearance. And he made it a memorable one. Kerry Wood struck out Dayan Viciedo swinging and walked off the mound to only be greeted by his son as he received a thunderous ovation from the Wrigley crowd. Kerry Wood’s 20 strikeout game is considered the single most dominating performance in the history of the game.
2010 – Carlos Silva improved to 5-0 on the season with a 6-2 win over the Rockies.
2006 – Cubs signed free agent Tony Womack
2004 – Cubs signed free agents Rey Ordonez and Ariel Prieto
1991 – Giovanni Soto, born
1990 – Ryne Sandberg’s errorless streak ended after 123 games and 584 chances. Sandberg passed Joe Morgan (91 games) in the record books.
1985 – Andrew Carpenter, born
1984 – David Patton, born
1978 – Cubs released Gerry Pirtle
1973 – Glenn Beckert hit safely in his 26th consecutive game as the Cubs beat the Phillies 9-2 in Philadelphia. Beckert’s streak ended the next day.
1971 – Rich Garces, born
1967 – Eric Young Sr., born
1964 – Cubs released Steve Shea
1951 – Jim Sundberg, born
1950 – Rube Walker of the Cubs and the Giants’ Monte Irvin each hit a Grand Slam in the sixth inning. The Cubs lost to the Giants 10-4 in a game called after six innings because of rain at the Polo Grounds. This was the first time in Major League Baseball that both teams hit a Grand Slam in the same inning.
1949 – Cubs selected Herman Reich off waivers from the Indians
1949 – Chris Ward, born
1947 – 46,572 fans packed into Wrigley Field to see Jackie Robinson play his first game in Chicago. Robinson went hitless as the Dodgers topped the Cubs 4-2.