Adbert Alzolay exits game in Miami with hamstring injury
David Ross was hoping Adbert Alzolay could carry the momentum from his strong start against the White Sox to Miami on Friday night.
“I think confidence is a powerful thing in our game and when you have that kind of outing against a good team, that should carry over,” Ross said. “Momentum’s a powerful thing.”
An injury curtailed any hope of that.
Alzolay left Friday night’s game against the Marlins with left hamstring tightness with one out in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Alzolay doubled in the top of the 2nd and advanced to third on a David Bote single 3 batters later. Alzolay was being evaluated after the game and the Cubs said they’d provide an update on Saturday.
He came back out for the bottom of the inning, loaded the bases, surrendered a grand slam to Bryan De La Cruz and exited 2 batters later. His catcher, Robinson Chirinos, noticed something was a bit off in that 2nd inning.
“His slider it was close to his cutter,” Chirinos said.
Usually the two pitches for Alzolay are distinct — the slider has more depth on its break, while the cutter is more side-to-side in it’s movement.
“In that inning the slider was more like side to side,” Chirinos said.
He allowed 6 runs on 5 hits with 1 strike out in the game. It came after one of his better starts of the season last Saturday against the White Sox. Alzolay allowed 2 runs on 6 hits with 7 strikeouts in 6.2 innings.
In that game, Alzolay showed more success against lefties. White Sox lefties were 4-for-17 with 5 strikeouts against him.
“It’s also painful to watch,” Chirinos said of Alzolay’s injury. “That guy is so competitive. He wants to give this team a chance to win again.
“You can see the pain through his eyes and how he feels when he came out from the game.”