The Cubs returned home on Tuesday for a game with the crosstown ‘rival’ White Sox at a rainy Wrigley Field. Unfortunately, the home team’s offense looked as ugly as the weather in another tough loss.
Reliever Scott Effross opened the game after scheduled starter Drew Smyly went on the bereavement list. The White Sox rallied in the 2nd inning thanks to a throwing error from Cubs third baseman Patrick Wisdom. A Jake Burger infield single and squeeze bunt by Reese McGuire put the road team ahead by two runs.
Keegan Thompson, who took over in the 2nd, allowed a solo home run to Tim Anderson in the 3rd inning. Sox starter Michael Kopech kept the Cubs off the board but Nico Hoerner hit a run-scoring double down the third-base line against Jose Ruiz in the 6th.
Why the Cubs Lost
The offense failed yet again to come through despite having some opportunities with runners on base. Even though the White Sox squandered their own opportunities to build their lead they were able to win with just three runs.
Stats That Matter
- Other than the home run, Thompson was excellent again Tuesday: 3.2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 K, and 0 BB.
- Michael Rucker had two scoreless innings of relief in the game.
- Alfonso Rivas drew a walk after a terrific 14-pitch at-bat in the 3rd.
This season is going to be largely about finding out what assets the Cubs have on their current roster. It’s starting to look like players such as Wisdom, Frank Schwindel, and Rafael Ortega are not going to be serviceable major-league players. The team should not wait too much longer before giving chances to younger options from within the system.