What began as a must-win series against the Cardinals became a desperate attempt to avoid a sweep. The rain threatened the whole day and fell at times pretty strong, but not enough to stop the action. It would have been better if the sky had opened and the umps were forced to call the game after eight. By this time, the offensive had given Yu Darvish enough support.
Then in the 6th he launched a solo homer to give the Cubs all the runs they could muster. Darvish threw an absolute gem, went into 9th, scoring 1
Why the Boys Are Lost
Joe Maddon hoped for a complete game from the beginning to save the Bullpen and make a match of the game save series. It was a valiant effort by Darvish, but maybe he kept a few bouts longer than necessary in the game.
Kris Bryant sprained his ankle and tried to beat him out of a double in the 3rd inning. He was helped with obvious pain from the field, and was diagnosed with a sprain after the initial x-rays for a fracture were negative. He has an MRI scheduled for Monday.
Statistics that are significant
- The boys had gone seven days without an ankle sprain. The number is now zero.
- Darvish is the first Cubs pitcher to feature three two-digit consecutive strike-out games since Kerry Wood. He is the first boy to ever play three games in a row with 11 eliminations.
- Castellanos celebrated his 27th home game and scored his 100th season run, both career highs.
The Bottom Line
Milwaukee won his game against the Pirates on Sunday, so the Cubs are now four games back in the Wild Card. Joe Maddon said of the weekend's games, "Everybody is an absolute must."
It is not dark yet, but it depends.
The Boys On Monday you have a day off and then drive to Pittsburgh to play a series of three games with the pirates. Experience the series opening on Tuesday at 18:05 CDT at NBC Sports Chicago and 670 The Score.