Cubs 1, Rockies 2: Offense Falls Short Again as Season Ends in Tough Loss

The Cubs needed to generate some offense tonight if they were to have any real chance of winning their Wild Card matchup against the Colorado Rockies. And, although the offense was dormant much of the night, the Cubs actually pushed the game to the 13th inning before finally falling to the Rockies by the score of 2-1 (box score).

Why the Cubs lost

Simply put, they just couldn’t get their offense going. It was a problem that plagued them throughout the final stretch of the season, into game 163, and extended to tonight.

Key moment

So many key moments in this one. The ultimate moment that undid the Cubs turned out to be one of the least thrilling. Three straight soft singles with two outs in the top of the 13th inning. It wasn’t sexy, but it was effective enough to score the Rockies’ winning run and send the Cubs packing.

Stats that matter

  • Jon Lester continues to be that big-game pitcher for the Cubs – 6.0 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 9 K
  • The offense was, once again, lethargic – 6 H, 1 extra base hit, 1-for-6 RISP

Bottom line

With all the injuries the Cubs sustained this year, we’ll all look back in awe and wonder when we reflect on a 95-win season. This was really a stellar year but to think the Cubs could continue to limp deep into the playoffs, with no real closer, a healing Pedro Strop, a hesitant Kris Bryant, and two of the five starting pitchers from the beginning of the season completely out of the picture, well, it wasn’t likely.

Time to move on and start focusing on next season.

On deck

Spring training. I’m sure it will be an interesting fall and winter as the Cubs’ brass will look to recapture the magic from the 2016 season. See you at Cubs Convention.

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Jon Ferlise began his writing career as the editor and lead writer at Cubs Kingdom. He is a life-long, passionate Cubs fan who aims to bring you the most up-to-date and relevant Cubs news and commentary every day. You can also find him at leftmind.com.

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6 Comments

  1. It was a good game in a way I suppose, but the Cubs’ utter lack of hitting is unnatural, it’s not baseball. They say that hitting a round ball with a round bat is the hardest act in sports, but it’s not that hard. The Cubs turn hitting into some mysterious act of metaphysical difficulty, a philosophical problem they can’t solve. I have been writing about this for two years and I suspect people are finally starting to agree with me.

    Opening Day is March 28 in Arlington against the Rangers. That’s 200 miles from here, and if it is God’s will I’ll be there. I hope and believe that there will be some new faces in the lineup for me to watch. Even Theo must realize now that his pets had their career years in 2016–that is often what happens when a team wins
    the pennant–and now have shown us what kind of players they really are.The window has closed; the future beckons. Time comes on.

    1. The problem is they have too many games where they get shutout or only score one run. That happened 27 times! The good teams don’t do this. For comparison, the Dodgers only did it 25 times. The Braves 26. The Brewers also did it 27 times but I don’t think anyone would say they’re a good team.

      1. I would say the Brewers are a good team. How could you not? To not only catch the Cubs — the team with the best record in the NL — but to then win 4-of-6 against them in September, and then beat them in game 163. What they did was impressive, not to be sold short.

  2. Two things that won’t be remembered by many should be: The Cubs led off the first and second innings with singles, but neither runner advanced. WHY NOT? This is an elimination game. The Cubs haven’t been hitting or scoring. They were already behind 1-0, so in each case, the Cubs should have bunted the runner to second. Doing so would have given them a runner at second with only one out in both innings. That means they would have had FOUR OUTS to try to score at least the tying run. But no…you can’t bunt and “give away” outs. Hell no. But you can strike out and hit into double plays…. Totally wasting those lead-off hits in the first two innings cost the Cubs the game as much as anything else that happened. That was just plain stupid.

    1. Too early in the game to bunt runners over. You try to get several runs on the board in those situations. It just didn’t happen.

  3. Sorry, Jon, but “too early in the game” doesn’t make sense for at least three reasons: (1) The Cubs can’t hit! (2) They were behind 1-0. (3) It was an elimination game. Why would the Cubs expect a big inning at any time? The odds were clearly against that, and if they had scored ONE of those runs in the first or second, the run in the eighth would have won the game. When you have the miserable offense the Cubs have displayed the second half, you sure as heck had better play for ONE run whenever you have the chance. The Cubs didn’t, and now they have plenty of time to rest.

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