Matt Moore (2-7) allowed four runs in six innings to extend his winless streak to five starts.
You can't win them all, and the Cubs have managed just fine despite that trade.
Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-3 with an RBI while DJ LeMahieu added a three-run homer as the NL West leaders (39-23) won their fifth straight and sixth in seven games.
Lester went five innings, allowing four runs and six hits, in his first loss at Wrigley Field since Pittsburgh beat him on May 15, 2016. "And the big difference is how well they're pitching".
Ryan Hanigan tied the game with his second inning blast, and continued the trend of surprisely solidly hitting from a catching tandem on a suprise team (I'm looking at you Milwuakee with your Jett Bandy and Manny Pina madness). "We made some good pitches".
Despite a hitting slump that has seemingly lasted all season for the defending champion Cubs, pitching is the main focus for the front office.
Then Chatwood settled in, allowing just three hits and two walks over the remainder of his start.
The Cubs loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth as Rockies closer Greg Holland walked three straight batters with one out. But Zobrist popped out to shallow left and Jason Heyward struck out and chucked his bat toward the Cubs dugout in frustration.
The Cubs came right back and cut the lead to 4-3 against Rusin, who walked Bryant, gave up a single to Rizzo and an RBI groundout to Heyward. The Cubs, who won 103 regular-season games last season, fell to a pedestrian 30-30.More news: Apple HomePod: The smart speaker battle is on
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"I think we have the mentality that we're going to win", LeMahieu said. But he dialed up some of the best stuff we've seen from this kid yet, pumping in some 98 and 99 miles per hour fastballs to Javier Beaz to get the much-needed strikeout. That's that. We've got to keep pushing.
"We also expect that the Cubs will fund the design and construction of such improvements, including any necessary relocation of utilities, and be responsible for future maintenance", Tate-Nadeau says of the sidewalk widening and barrier relocation. We've got to try not to lose series.
"Again, I don't care what the record is, where it is. We got to get there".
The city also stated in the letter that the Cubs did not immediately report the recent death of a fan who fell over a railing at the stadium in May, and stated that the organization should be "required to notify CPD of any serious injury occurring on their property". Lefty Mike Montgomery became the seventh Cub to start a game this year, as he took the spot of injured righty Kyle Hendricks.
PHR (pitch, hit, run) is a competition that measures the accuracy of a pitcher, distance hit from a batting tee and the speed of a runner.
Dodgers 7, Reds 2: Justin Turner hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat off the disabled list, Enrique Hernandez added a solo shot and Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda combined on a five-hitter to lead Los Angeles over Cincinnati. I don't know what the solution is or if there is a solution.
The Cubs' signing of Anderson in the offseason and trades for Montgomery and Butler in the past year were decisions made with depth in mind after the rotation has been almost injury-free the past two season. The Cubs are 17-6 when they get a quality start, and 13-24 when they don't.
"He's a very calm individual, very smart and he's very good with pitchers", Maddon said on Friday. "That's the next challenge for us".
Right now, that looks a long way off on the horizon.