Cubs end 2020 season with loss to Marlins
The Cubs tied a bow on a roller coaster of a 2020 season with a loss to the Marlins Friday and will now begin their offseason earlier than they anticipated.
This team set World Series expectations months before the 60-game sprint of a regular season began but Saturday’s 2-0 defeat gave the Marlins a sweep of the best-of-3 Wild-Card Series at Wrigley Field.
Yu Darvish’s postseason start was an extension of his Cy Young-caliber regular season, as he dominated the Marlins for 6 innings. But with 2 outs in the top of the 7th inning, Garrett Cooper connected on a 2-2 pitch and smacked it into the left-field bleachers. After a double and an intentional walk, Darvish gave up an RBI single and just like that, the Marlins had a 2-0 lead.
The Marlins plated all 7 of their runs in the series in the 7th innings (they scored all 5 in Game 1 in the top of the 7th, as well).
Meanwhile, the Cubs offense was shut out by phenom Sixto Sánchez and the Marlins bullpen. Ian Happ’s home run in Game 1 went down as the Cubs’ only run in the postseason. They collected 5 hits in Game 2 Friday.
Happ had another 2 hits in Game 2 on Friday, singling in the 3rd and 5th innings.
The Cubs had their best offensive chance in the 4th inning when Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber walked and then Jason Heyward lifted a broken-bat single into right field. But Contreras was thrown out at the plate and Javy Báez flew out to end the rally.
The Cubs had the bases loaded in the 5th, but Kyle Schwarber flew out to left field.
In the 9th, Jason Heyward led off with a double, but Báez, David Bote and Jason Kipnis all struck out to end the season.