Reds 8, Cubs 5: Baseball progress is not linear

The headline to this recap of the Cubs’ 8-5 loss Sunday to the Reds is a paraphrase of something Theo Epstein once said, when reminding Cubs fans that they couldn’t expect instant progress during the rebuild of a decade ago.

There are going to be glitches and there are going to be setbacks and we saw some of those during Sunday’s defeat. Even so, there were also bright spots in this game and the Cubs still had a chance to come back in the ninth inning.

The Cubs took an early lead in this game on this two-run homer by Patrick Wisdom in the second inning [VIDEO].

Unfortunately, Keegan Thompson had one of his worst outings of the year, maybe THE worst. He couldn’t throw strikes and by the time David Ross lifted him with two out in the second inning, he had already thrown 70 pitches, yikes. The Reds took a 4-2 lead mostly courtesy of a three-run homer by Aristides Aquino after Thompson had walked the first two hitters in the inning. Aquino doesn’t seem to hit anyone but Cubs pitchers; entering this game he had a .278/.354/.694 slash line in 25 career games vs. the Cubs. Today’s was his 10th career homer against Cubs pitching (of 35 overall in his career). He hasn’t hit more than four against any other team.

The Cubs might have had a chance to score more in the third. With one out,…

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