Where was the urgency from the Cubs’ hitters in the top of the ninth?
The all-time saves leader, Trevor Hoffman, comes in throwing 85-mph meatballs and the Cubs stand in the box with bat on shoulder.
Chicago leads the NL with a (.394 avg.) when swinging at the first pitch in an at-bat. And, Hoffman is a guy you want to attack early in the count!
Yet, Miles and Hoffpauir go down looking. Then, Milton reaches for a pitch and grounds out weakly to first.
You’re down one run against a very hittable pitcher…find a strike and swing the bat!
Know the situation — and for heaven’s sake, don’t blame the home plate umpire for punching you out looking.
Nonetheless, we’re about to find out what kind of character the Cubs have on this club.