The Chicago Cubs struggles continue with an 11-3 blowout loss to the Minnesota Twins. After Friday’s tough loss in extra innings, the Cubs were looking to bounce back and have a quality outing. Quite the contrary happened. Jeff Samardzija (5-4) surely had his worst start of the season. He gave up eight runs on nine hits with a six run fourth inning, in a little over three innings of work. The Cubs have now won only one out of Samardzija last five starts after winning four out of his first five.
In the battle of the worst teams in their respective leagues, the Twins have shown to be more the resilient ball club. After starting 15-32, the Twins are now .500 at 24-34. Third basemen Trevor Plouffe had a great game going 2-4 with two runs, a homerun, and four RBIs. Joe Mauer had a solidreturn from injury, going 3-4 with a run and two RBI.
Alfonso Soriano continues to impress, hitting his 12th homerun of the season in the eighth inning making it his third of the series. The Cubs didn’t score their first run until the seventh when Darwin Barney scored making it 11-1. Sunday’s inter-league finale will feature Cubs starter Ryan Dempster who is 1-3 with a 2.59 ERA. He will be going up Twins lefty Francisco Liriano who 1-6 with a 6.46 ERA
The Chicago Cubs are now 19-40 overall, losing 20 out of their last 24 games. The Cubs are near the bottom of the league in nearly every batting category, and the same goes for pitching, except for opponents batting average. Did we expect the rebuilding to get this bad? The North Siders are on pace for a record season, and not in a good way. Rumors of trades are swirling, low expectations have gotten lower, and team confidence is at a season low. As I have mentioned in a previous article, Cubs fans are the most patient fans in sports, but when is enough going to be enough? No one really knows, but what can be said is that the effort from the team is there. Before Saturday’s loss, the Cubs had lost 16 games by one run. Those kinds of games come down to execution, and the Cubs haven’t had that all season long. This team has to find a way get their confidence and consistency up or this will continue to be a long season for the Chicago Cubs.
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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.