The Chicago Cubs have now dropped 11 in a row with Saturday’s 3-2 loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This game featured two of lowest run scoring teams in the majors, as mistakes by the Cubs, particularly at the end of the game, cost them. Cubs rookie closer Rafael Dolis finished a rough ninth inning by hitting Pirates batter Matt Hauge with the bases loaded to score the final run. Dolis also hit Pirates batter Josh Harrison earlier in the inning.
Run production continues to rear its ugly head for the North Siders. This marks the fourth straight game that the Cubs have scored two runs or less. Alfonso Soriano’s homerun in the fourth inning and Starlin Castro’s RBI triple in the fifth inning accounted for both of Chicago’s runs in the game.
In his return to Pittsburgh, Cubs starter Paul Maholm had a tough outing, pitching five innings, giving up two runs on four hits, and walking five. Saturday’s loss is the longest losing streak for the Cubs since 1997, and now puts them tied or the worst record in the league at 15-31. Matt Garza will be starting in the Cubs final game of the series against the Pirates. Garza is 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA. He will be facing Pirates starter Erik Bedard who is 2-5 with a 3.52 ERA.
Many Cubs fans threw in the towel before this season even started, knowing that this team is in rebuild mode. Did anyone expect it to be this bad though? I’m not completely sure, but what I do know is that Cubs fans are probably the most patient fans in sports. Unfortunately the Chicago Cubs have a culture that is based on disappointment year after year. No matter how well the Cubs are playing, bad luck finds its way to ruin all hopes of success. Theo Epstein was brought in from Boston because of his success in ending the long era of disappointment for the Red Sox. The Epstein era has just begun in Chicago. We are barely a quarter of the way into Theo’s first season as Cubs GM, so Cubs fans should continue to exude their patience, and not completely give up on the Cubbies for good because it can only get better from here.
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Written by Brandyn Smith
My name is Brandyn Smith. I am 23 years old. I graduated with a Finance degree from Providence College in 2011. I am a freelance writer pursuing a career in Sports Administration. I love sports and I’m here to share my sports knowledge with everyone. Currently I am studying Organizational Behavior at Northwestern University.