Silence not so golden
But Cubs remain confident quiet bats will awaken
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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