Braves 4, Cubs 1: The leadoff man is on again… and again… and again…

… but scored only once, and that helped lead to this loss.

Carl Edwards Jr. had a rough outing Wednesday night and was tagged with the defeat in the Cubs’ 4-1 loss to the Braves.

But I am not going to blame him, no sirree.

Instead I am going to blame the Cubs’ almost complete inability to take advantage of having the leadoff hitter on base. To wit:

2nd inning: Javier Baez leads off with a single
4th inning: Willson Contreras leads off with a walk
5th inning: Ian Happ leads off with a single
6th inning: Contreras leads off with a walk
7th inning: Addison Russell leads off with a double
8th inning: Kris Bryant leads off with a single

That’s six of the first eight innings with the leadoff hitter on base, one in scoring position, and in the first inning the Cubs had a runner on second with one out (double by Bryant) and in the third, a runner on first with one out (a single by Albert Almora Jr.)

That’s a runner on with less than two out in every one of the first eight innings, yet only one run scored, in the fifth. Tyler Chatwood sacrificed …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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