This has been a difficult Cubs season filled with many, many losses.
It took until now, though, before I was disgusted with one of those losses.
The Cubs’ poor play in the eighth and ninth innings ruined what might have been a solid victory over the Cardinals; instead, it was another dispiriting defeat, 8-5, and the Cardinals have now won 15 in a row.
So, let’s go back to the beginning.
Adrian Sampson threw three pretty good innings, marred only by a home run by Harrison Bader, who is rapidly becoming a Cubs-killer of this era.
The Cubs took the lead in the game in the bottom of the third. Sergio Alcántara led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. Willson Contreras then tied the game [VIDEO].
One out later, Ian Happ gave the Cubs the lead [VIDEO].
This, alone, was an accomplishment. The Cardinals, previously, had trailed in only four of the 14 games of their winning streak, and most of those only for a couple of innings. Could the Cubs make this hold up?
Nope. Tyler O’Neill homered off Sampson in the top of the fourth and it was 2-2.
But the Cubs came right back and took the lead again in the bottom of the inning. David Bote led off with a single and one out later, Alcántara beat out a slow roller. Sampson was the next hitter and attempted a sacrifice, but a rare…