Chicago Cubs Score and Recap (4/20/19): D-Backs 6, Cubs 0 – Greinke, Diamondbacks Coast to Easy Win

The Cubs came into Saturday’s game against Arizona on a season-high four-game winning streak. Starting pitching has been the key factor in the hot stretch, with three consecutive scoreless outings from the rotation. Chicago got a taste of it’s own shutout medicine at a breezy Wrigley as Zack Greinke dominated on the mound.

Yu Darvish ran into immediate trouble in the top of the 1st inning. After Jarrod Dyson was thrown out trying to extend a single into a double, Eduardo Escobar and David Peralta hit back-to-back homers to make it 2-0. Dyson added a sacrifice fly in the 2nd to make the lead three.

That was more than enough for Greinke, who had the Cubs off balance all day. The only scoring chance came in the 4th after a Kris Bryant double. Jason Heyward batted with two on and two out, but struck out looking to end the inning.

Allen Webster relieved Darvish in the 6th and did not fare well. The Diamondbacks scored their fourth run when Christian Walker came home on ground ball to third. Bryant threw home ahead of the runner and Willson Contreras dropped the ball, then appeared to be limping after Walker slid into his leg. Luckily he remained in the game.

Catcher John Ryan Murphy put the game on ice by taking Webster deep one batter later for a two-run jack. The rest was uneventful as Arizona closed out the 6-0 win. (Box score)

Why the Cubs Lost

Giving up early runs definitely did not help the Cubs’ cause. The reality was that Greinke was just too good Saturday. Chicago would have needed near perfection to get over on him, and that just wasn’t the case.

Key Moment

Hard to find an exact turning point in this contest, but I’ll say the bottom of the 4th. Getting a runner on second with none out was the only real chink in the armor for Greinke. Failing to take advantage of that probably sealed the home team’s fate.

Stats That Matter

  • Darvish settled down and was fine in his outing: 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 7 K. He only threw 88 pitches, so it’s a fair question to ask if he should have gotten the 6th inning.
  • Bryant reached twice again with a walk in addition to his double.

Bottom Line

Saturday was one of those games a team just isn’t going to win. The other side had their ace pitcher rolling and there was nothing the offense could do. Got to just shake it off and move on to the next one.

On Deck

The rubber match of the series is Sunday at 1:20pm CT as Tyler Chatwood gets the fill-in start against lefty Robbie Ray. NBC Sports Chicago has the television feed and 670 The Score provides radio coverage.

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Sean was born and lives in Billings, Montana. He is a 4th generation Cubs fan. Going all the way back to when his great grandfather lived in Chicago. Having a degree in history he enjoys bringing the historical perspective to baseball. Also the history of the Simpsons is a particular area of expertise. Sean usually attends Cubs games in Denver every year he can.

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10 Comments

      1. Disagree. He put team in the hole. For his salary there has to be a better effort and not give up back to back homers to weaklings.

        1. So let’s say Darvish gives up 1 run on 2 hits, 3 walks, and an error. Cubs still lose. Dude gave up 3 runs and was clearly better after the 1st inning, or after those walks in the 2nd. Hanging this loss solely on him is foolish.

  1. All that money Theo put in the pot to sign Darvish has went up in smoke. With his chronic wildness and being so HR prone its to the point that it would be dope if he posted even a 4.20 ERA. I hate to be blunt but he keeps stinking up the joint every time he steps out of the dugout and onto the grass with these high ERA games. I don’t want him stoned, but they need to hash something out about these half-baked starts leading to him getting burnt with the L.

    1. The sample size is large enough to conclude, Yu is a 5th starter, non quality start guy, top of the rotation stuff, a thrower, not a pitcher (like a Greinke), and the Cubs are just gonna eat this contract. Oh boy.

  2. The vibe of the team can flip quick.

    Get back to .500 then Morrow has a setback, Darvish sucks again when not in perfect weather and we have Chatwood going to avoid a series loss at home to the D-backs and falling back 2 games under .500. Then we have the Dodgers coming to town and then a West Coast trip after that.

    This teams offense is about all or nothing as it gets. How old is it watching teams come in and rake HR with the wind blowing in and we can’t even get any line drives?

    Daniel Descalso is a terrible defender Russell has to come back and play SS and Javy move back to 2nd and sure up the defense. Bote can fill in on days at 2nd and 3rd and KB can play some in the OF. DD should only be used on great match ups to avoid getting exposed in the field.

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