Big offensive day not enough as virtual Cubs drop series finale to Diamondbacks
The virtual Cubs would gladly take a 15-hit, 3 home run day like they had in Sunday’s simulated game on MLB The Show. But they’d quickly like to forget the pitching performance that happened.
The Cubs used 7 pitchers, struggling to slow down the Diamondbacks offense in a 9-8 loss as our 2020 season simulation continued. The Cubs fell to 20-15 on the season and travel to Los Angeles to take on the first-place Dodgers.
Kris Bryant started the game strong for the Cubs, hitting a solo home run to left field to start the scoring. It was the 5th home run of the season for Bryant.
The Diamondbacks tied the game at 1, but the Cubs rallied to take a 3-1 lead. Arizona quickly answered, scoring 3 runs in the 4th, forcing Cubs starter Tyler Chatwood out of the game after pitching 3+ innings. The Diamondbacks added another run in the 5th, making 5-3.
Jason Kipnis crushed a 2-run home run in the 6th to give the Cubs the lead back again. The see-saw game continued with the Diamondbacks scoring 2 in the bottom half of the 6th to take the lead.
Javy Báez responded with a 3-run home run in the 8th that gave the Cubs an 8-7 lead. The Diamondbacks had another rally in them, though, as they scored a pair of runs off solo home runs in the bottom of the 8th off reliever Dan Winkler to seal the win.
Kyle Hendricks takes the bump for the virtual Cubs in the series opener against the Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday afternoon on our Facebook page.
Catch the full game below: