I’d love to tell you that, if you went to bed early, you missed the Chicago Cubs’ big comeback last night against the Dodgers. Alas, I cannot. For all his dreamy brown eyes and (inexplicable) shaggy mullet, Jake Arrieta couldn’t solve the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Cubs couldn’t solve Zack Greinke. That made for some ugly-ass late night baseball.
The Dodgers blanked the Cubs for 31 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to the fifth inning of their loss on Aug. 2 at Wrigley Field. That streak ended when Brian Bogusevic hit a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to knock out Greinke.
“Flat out got outpitched tonight by one of the best in the game,” Cubs starter Jake Arrieta said. “The margin for error is very low against a guy like Greinke.”
The Dodgers have beaten the Cubs eight consecutive times dating to Aug. 3, 2012 – tying their longest streak in Los Angeles history dating to June 9, 1974-May 19, 1975.
Far be it for me to argue with you, Jake, but it’s getting out-pitched when both teams have a hard time scoring and one team manages to best the other by a slim margin. It’s more than “getting outpitched” when the Cubs’ pitchers give up a combined six runs and the Dodgers pitchers only give up two. Yes, you were outpitched, but that’s kind of like saying “We’re the Millers” was “outgunned” at the box office by “The Avengers.” It’s technically true, but, in a more accurate way, not really.
So blah blah blah the Cubs lost again and all that rot. At least we now know why Anthony Rizzo is back to hitting third in the lineup, although I kinda wish I didn’t:
“Hopefully I never go back,” Rizzo said Monday night as he returned to the third spot after batting 7-for-24 in five games as the Cubs’ No. 2 hitter.
“It’s more, to be honest, an ego thing,” Rizzo said. “I never hit second in my life. You’re thinking your second hitter of the game is someone who gets guys over and bunts and slaps. And I think our lineup doesn’t call for me hitting second. … I was there and tried to make the best of it.”
Rizzo said he never thought of asking manager Dale Sveum to take him out of the second spot.
“He’s the manager,” Rizzo said. “He makes the calls. I just come in to play baseball.”
Here’s the thing, dear. When you’re hitting .231 on the season, you can’t really complain about where you hit in the lineup. Because you’re lucky just to be IN the lineup. When you hit .325 in The Show, you can go back to complaining about where you hit in the lineup, and the press will think you’re colorful. Until then, it just makes you a brat.*
That’s all I’ve got for this morning. Remember to head back to yesterday’s post and read your Cubs Serenity Prayer before you start each and every day.
Cubs and Dodgers again tonight at 9:1- pm CT on WGN. Travis Wood v. Clayton Kershaw. Should be fun.