Anthony Rizzo took a high heater from flame-thrower reliever Aroldis Chapman on the forearm, and he took first base and pushed across the tying run in the bottom of the ninth. The Cubs scored three runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game at 4 all. Perhaps the Cubs could salvage a game from the first place Yankees after all.
Rizzo stayed in the game and held his forearm gingerly. Later X-rays revealed no fracture. He will likely feel sore for a few days. The Cubs lost in 18 innings, 5-4 to New York. The Yankees looked like the better team in this May matchup that was played in chilly conditions. The Red Sox beat the Cubs two out of three in their publicized series. Chicago is 16-15 and are not exactly tearing up the National League like they did last April-May.
Cubs fans are scratching their heads in bewilderment. This team is not playing with the urgency that last year’s team played with. They are the defending champs and it looks like they know it. They’ve got the talent, but it is not coming out. Rizzo, is only hitting .224 with 6 homers and 18 RBI’s. Last night Wilson Contreras went 1 for 8 in the marathon game. He beat out an infield single.
What’s with these Cubbies? Jon Lester went seven innings and gave up two runs. He looked sharper than his previous outings. The game got so crazy that pitcher Jake Arrieta was sent out to pinch-hit, he struck out.
Can the Cubs find their mojo? How are they going to simply decide as a team to buckle down and play better? I don’t know what it will take? Maybe another rain delay and Jason Heyward calls a meeting. Maybe he calls a meeting without a rain delay. Someone on this team needs to speak out. Perhaps Anthony Rizzo can do his Rocky impersonation with his sore arm and lighten up the clubhouse?
Something needs to be done and hopefully soon.