World News – United States – Cubs face elimination after stunning 5-1 loss to Marlins in Game 1 of playoff series


After watching Kyle Hendricks make his way out of three straight jams, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross maintained his confidence in the generally reliable starter

This proved true at a critical time for the Cubs, who face elimination after Corey Dickerson’s three-run homerun against Hendricks fueled a five-run rally in the seventh inning by the brave Miami Marlins in a 5-1 win in the first game Best of National League Wild Three Series Wednesday at Wrigley Field

Yu Darvish will try to keep the Cubs alive in Game 2 on Thursday as he clashes with Sixto Sanchez

Dickerson’s home left center came on Hendricks’ 106th throw, which matches a season high he set September 12 in Milwaukee Only this time the stakes were higher and the signs blatant forerunners as Hendricks worked out of jams in each of his previous three innings

Hendricks, however, had no margin for error The Cubs were optimistic that their 25-round production in last weekend’s three-game series against the White Sox – much against the Young Powerful pitchers Dylan Cease and Dane Dunning – would provide a suitable role model to take on Marlins’ Sandy Alcantara

That never came to fruition Alcantara, who was limited to seven regular season starts due to a positive COVID-19 test, kept the Cubs to three hits in 6⅔ innings, missing or blocking their bats. mouse with a fastball that exceeded at 98 mph

The Cubs came forward just two runners after first base against Alcantara – who limited right-handed hitters to a 190 batting average during the regular season – until change hitter Ian Happ hit a home run. opposite field on the left with two strikeouts in the fifth This lead held until the seventh

Happ, who has rebounded this year after spending most of the 2019 season regaining his plate discipline, had two of the Cubs’ three hits

The lack of offensive production was a continuation of the Cubs’ persistent struggles at plate over the season, despite their third NL Central title in five seasons

Hendricks walked two or less in his last 41 regular season starts dated April 7, 2019, but he made three in the first six innings on Wednesday Still, he appeared to be in control after pulling out Jon Berti on soft ground at the mound for the first of sevenths

But the landscape quickly changed after Miguel Rojas and Chad Wallach battled in back-to-back singles to prepare for the Dickerson homeroom Jesus Aguilar followed two hitters later with a two-run home run on the court opposite Jeremy Jeffress , which was available when Dickerson hit his home run

The Marlins looked very selective at home and didn’t get their first hit against Hendricks until Aguilar led the fourth with a brace on the left field line

Hendricks didn’t panic, giving up the next three hitters He got a break when the slow-footed Aguilar stayed third as Garrett Cooper hit a Grounder right at Kris Bryant, who waited several seconds for s ‘ensure Aguilar held on before moving to the first for the second out

In the fifth, Hendricks hit Berti with a pitch, and Berti stole the second He stayed there as shortstop Javier Baez made a causal throw that shot Anthony Rizzo from first base for a mistake

But Hendricks got Wallach down in a double play and Dickerson in third

Starling Marte, who was 6-for-26 for life against Hendricks in his days with the Pittsburgh Pirates, started sixth with a brace

From there, Hendricks executed his art hitting Anderson on a change for the second out and allowed Matt Joyce – who had worked Hendricks for an eight-length walk in the second – to hit a high fly in the wind that caused Happ to make a slippery hook in the center

Marte left the game in the ninth after being struck in the left hand by a reliever Dan Wheeler’s pitch

Former Cubs reliever Brandon Kintzler pitched the ninth to secure the Marlins victory

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World News – USA – Cubs are eliminated after stunning 5-1 loss to Marlins in Game 1 of their playoff series



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