The Cubs opened up a three-game set with the Diamondbacks Friday night in Arizona. More poor fundamental play lead to another Chicago defeat.
A three-run 3rd inning Cubs rally began with Jason Heyward double off of ex-teammate Zach Davies. Jonathan Villar hit a bunt single set up a hard-hit two-run Ildemaro Vargas triple and he came in on a Rafael Ortega sacrifice fly.
The Cubs got one more glorious chance to tie the score but left the bases loaded in the 8th inning and dropped the game. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Lost
The defense was sloppy again a big problem so far this season. The bigger issue, however, is still the bats going quiet late in games.
Stats That Matter
- Smyly was solid and did not get much defensive help: 6 IP, 4 R, 10 H, 4 K, and 1 BB.
- Frank Schwindel had his first two hit game of the year.
Injuries and a lack of depth is forcing the Cubs to field a very ugly team at the moment and it’s not very fun to watch.