The Cubs hoped to win consecutive games for the first time in a long time Saturday afternoon against the Phillies. Alas, it was not to be as a disastrous opening inning doomed Chicago and Philadelphia won easily to even the series.
Jameson Taillon‘s season-long struggles continued when two singles and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the 1st. After a popup, former Cub Kyle Schwarber blasted a long grand slam into the upper deck in right. Catcher Kody Clemens went from pitching Friday to hitting a two-run homer Saturday and the home team was up 6-0 after one.
Dansby Swanson crushed a two-run dinger in the 6th inning to avoid a shutout and Christopher Morel added a solo shot in the 9th. That was just window dressing as the Phillies cruised to a 12-3 victory. (Box score)
This is the rare game you could actually say it was over in the 1st inning. A six-run hole was just way too deep to dig out of on Saturday.
Why the Cubs Lost
Taillon just did not have it again and buried his team with a huge deficit.
Stats That Matter
- It’s been a very difficult debut season for Taillon: 2.1 IP, 8 R, 6 H, 1 K, and 3 BB.
- Morel now has seven home runs in his first 10 games of the season.
Taillon’s struggles are getting to be a real issue for the Cubs this season. They are going to have to figure out a solution because he is signed for three more years after this. There have been a lot of blowout losses lately, and though they count the same as one-run defeats, it would be nice if they were a little less frequent.