The Cubs offense has struggled all year to score runs against all major league pitching, but especially that of the left-handed variety. Unfortunately for our beloved North Siders, Sunday night’s starter happened to be a lefty. Dale Sveum, take it away:
‘‘It’s the same story with left-handed pitching,’’ Sveum said as his team’s record against southpaw starters fell to 3-15. ‘‘We were getting beat consistently on fastballs. We swung at pitches out of the zone as well as not doing anything with pitches in the zone.’’
Last night’s was another close game that the Cubs managed to turn into a not-as-close game. Once again, Dale Sveum.
“The thing that’s going on all year long is we get into close ballgames and something breaks down,” Dale Sveum said. “We can’t score if it’s close or we just can’t make a pitch when it’s close to hold them or shut them down to get the game into extra innings. We’ve got to be better at those things — somebody stepping up and getting a big hit when it counts, not when we’re four or five runs down.”
The “not when we’re four or five runs down” must refer to the once-again futile ninth inning rally, a signature of these 2012 Cubs.