The Cubs were hoping to avoid a sweep and a 10th consecutive loss against the Padres at Wrigley Field Thursday afternoon. This time Chicago at least kept it close in yet another loss.
Christopher Morel hit a leadoff home run to right to give the Cubs an early lead. San Diego came back immediately against Matt Swarmer in the top of the 2nd. Nomar Mazara launched a two-run jack to put the Friars ahead and Jake Cronenworth doubled in a third run.
Andrelton Simmons, shockingly, had a run-scoring single off of Joe Musgrove in the bottom of the frame, but that was it for Chicago’s offense. The Cy Young contender Musgrove went seven strong innings.
The Padres would score insurance runs in the 4th and 5th innings. David Robertson saw his first action in a week and promptly served up a Jurickson Profar solo dinger. Ian Happ knocked in a late tally and the Cubs added one more but San Diego completed the sweep 6-4. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Lost
The bullpen was actually decent for a change on Thursday but the bats could do little against Joe Musgrove.
The Cubs had a lead in every game of the series and the one Thursday was especially short lived. The Padres immediately erased the advantage the next inning.
Stats That Matter
- Swarmer is starting to struggle with control. Maybe giving up six homers to the Yankees gave him pause: 4 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 4 K, and 5 BB.
- Hey, Christopher Morel is still fun to watch with the Cubs only multi-hit game.
Not much new to report here, the Cubs are still really bad. It would be nice, for a change, if they mixed in just one win. That might be a pretty tall task, however, with the next opponent coming to Wrigley.
The red-hot Atlanta Braves come to Chicago for a three-game series starting Friday at 1:20pm CT. Keegan Thompson takes on Charlie Morton in a game broadcast on Marquee Sports Network and MLB Network (out-of-market only), with 670 The Score on the radio call.