Chicago Cubs are eliminated from playoff contention on the penultimate day of the season: ‘We didn’t win enough ballgames’

As the Chicago Cubs ready to hit coming into the highest of the eighth inning Saturday evening, a smattering of cheers among the many 42,652 followers unfold by way of American Family Field.

The Miami Marlins had simply closed out a win in Pittsburgh, triggering the applause from Milwaukee Brewers followers who noticed the ultimate rating pop up on the left-field out-of-town scoreboard. The Marlins’ victory eradicated the Cubs from postseason competition.

“We didn’t win enough ballgames,” supervisor David Ross mentioned. “I imply, we are able to level fingers and blame. We’ve received to look inward and see the place we’ve received to enhance. It’s on every one in every of us to develop this 12 months. It doesn’t really feel prefer it proper now, there’s so much to be pleased with from lots of totally different guys and likewise areas to get higher.

“That’s the great thing about a baseball season, we have to come back next year and be tested all over again and have to improve in a lot of areas. But right now it’s just disappointment. We can all feel that, we all soak that in, remember how that feels, use that this offseason to get better and continue to grow and come back next year and take another step forward.”

The Cubs’ 10-6 win Saturday fittingly encapsulated their final three weeks.

They constructed a 6-0 lead within the first inning because of Christopher Morel’s leadoff homer, Gomes’ grand slam and Patrick Wisdom’s solo blast. What ought to have led to a desperately wanted blowout win as a substitute examined the Cubs’ resolve. Left-hander Jordan Wicks struggled to reap the benefits of the run help. The Brewers loaded the bases with no person out within the backside of the primary and put up three runs earlier than Wicks may get out of the inning.

By the top of the second, the Brewers tied the sport. Wicks was burned on two dwelling runs — a two-run shot from Blake Perkins and Carlos Santana’s tying two-out homer that ended the rookie’s outing.

The Cubs (83-78) wanted a win coupled with a Marlins loss to maintain their playoff hopes alive. Ian Happ’s RBI single and Cody Bellinger’s RBI double within the fourth put the Cubs forward 8-6, a lead they might maintain the remainder of the best way. Alexander Canario added a run within the fifth with an RBI triple, and Gomes’ run-scoring groundout within the sixth accomplished their offensive evening.

Jameson Taillon, who pitched in reduction for simply third time in his professional profession, had been conscious the Marlins had been main the Pirates because the evening progressed. It wasn’t till Ross approached him within the dugout and requested, “Hey, you know that situation right?” that Taillon realized the implication. Ross then checked if Taillon wished to maintain pitching with the Cubs out of it, and the veteran confirmed he wished to complete the sport.

“I didn’t think it was worth using anyone else down there,” mentioned Taillon, whose 4 shutout innings earned him his first profession save. “They’ve made so many appearances, if I may maintain them off their ft for an evening and I felt good, so who cares.

“I was just thinking this would be a really fun team to compete with in the playoffs and pop champagne with. This is a great group. That was probably the most challenging year in my career and showing up every day was so much fun. This is a great crew from the clubhouse staff to the coaches to players all the way through so it definitely hurts. But we made our bed and we have to lie in it.”

The Cubs will spend the approaching weeks assessing the roster’s shortcomings and the place they need to improve. It received’t reduce the blow of a missed alternative and disappointing conclusion to a successful season. The Cubs had been 12 video games over .500 and within the second wild-card place, 3 1/2 video games forward of the Marlins after they swept the Giants on Sept. 6. They misplaced 14 of their subsequent 21 video games, knocking them out of the playoffs.

“There was obviously a lot that we can do better,” second baseman Nico Hoerner mentioned. “Each of us, I can speak more for the position players, but all the every-day guys I guarantee feel like there was several moments that we individually could have swung things one way or another with a big hit or a big play in any of those series that we lost, and that part really does stick with you and sting.”

The double-digit scoring was too little, too late for an offense that at occasions got here up quick the final three weeks, particularly with runners on base. The Cubs went from being in command of their postseason future to needing assist, an unenviable place that in the end didn’t go their approach.

“It stinks, man, that’s going to be a little bit of a sour note,” Gomes mentioned. “It’s robust and we must be upset about it. I don’t suppose it’s one thing that we’re simply going to blow off, however there’s lots of issues to be taught from it.

“There’s a lot of positives to take from this year. That’s where we’re turning our heads to. We definitely dug ourselves out of a big hole from the middle of the year and gave ourselves a chance to be in this position.”