Si­lence not so golden

But Cubs re­main con­fi­dent quiet bats will awaken

Baltimore Sun - - MLB PLAYOFFS - Mark Gon­za­les

SAN FRAN­CISCO — Jake Ar­ri­eta and Travis Wood have helped Cubs pitch­ers make post­sea­son his­tory for their hit­ting prow­ess.

But that abil­ity hasn’t com­pletely masked the strug­gles of an of­fense that was bat­ting .188 ex­clud­ing its pitch­ers.

The most glar­ing strug­gles in­volve first base­man An­thony Rizzo, who was hit­less in 13 at-bats and was 0-for-6 Mon­day night in a 6-5 loss to the Gi­ants in 13 in­nings that pre­vented the Cubs from com­plet­ing a sweep in this best-of-five Na­tional League Di­vi­sion Se­ries.

They had an­other chance Tues­day night to try to ad­vance to the NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries when they met the Gi­ants in Game 4.

Rizzo failed to drive in a run with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion in each of his first three at- bats Mon­day against Madi­son Bum­gar­ner.

“It’s base­ball,” Rizzo said. “I haven’t had the best three games to start off, but it’s (a mat­ter of get­ting) back t omor­row and play­ing.”

The Cubs’ re­cent woes aren’t lim­ited to Rizzo. Ben Zo­brist hit a dou­ble in the third but was 2-for-12 in the se­ries, as was lead­off bat­ter Dex­ter Fowler. The Cubs were 2-for-11 with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion Mon­day.

“Ev­ery run you can push across you try to take ad­van­tage of,” Rizzo said. “But it’s not easy.

“We went down in the eighth. Rarely do we blow the lead, but we did. We knew if he held them to two After strik­ing out in the 12th in­ning Mon­day night, Cubs first base­man An­thony Rizzo was 0-for-13 in the NLDS. GI­ANTS VS. CUBS Cubs lead 2-1 Cubs 1-0 Cubs 5-2 Gi­ants 6-5 (13) Late 8:30 p.m. Thur.* Gi­ants (Cueto 18-5) at Cubs (Lester 19-5), FS1 x-if nec­es­sary runs, we could score right there. We did and fought, but we fell short.”

The Cubs failed to ex- pand their 3-0 lead in the top of the third when Javier Baez took a called third strike and Miguel Mon­tero flied to right. And they missed a chance to take the lead in the top of the 13th when David Ross grounded into a dou­ble play with run­ners at first and sec­ond.

“You al­ways want to add on (runs),” Rizzo said. “We felt good but knew the Gi­ants are the Gi­ants. It’s go­ing to be tough to beat them with ev­ery­thing that they’ve done.

“They’re bat­tle tested, (but) so are we. We’ll bounce back.”

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