Royals 9, Cubs 1: We’ll never be Royals
And we’ll never be royals (royals)
It does not run in our blood
This kind of luxury is not for us
We crave a different kind of buzz – “Royals”, Lorde, 2013
Do you remember 2013? It was then that the song “Royals” by New Zealand singer Lorde was released. She was only 17 at the time and it became a huge international success. At the same time, the Cubs were going through a 96-loss rebuilding season. So now every time the Cubs play the Royals this song starts to cross my head.
Look, I have to try and make writing these game recaps fun for me, and just sitting here regurgitating the details of another depressing Cubs loss, 9-1 to the aforementioned Royals and setting a new record. franchise, 13 straight losses at Wrigley Field, wouldn’t be fun at all.
So enjoy the song, it’s a catchy little pop song and somehow seems appropriate because right now the Chicago Cubs are about as far removed from baseball royalty as you can imagine.
There’s not much to say about Alec Mills’ exit – it wasn’t good, he was pounded for 11 hits over four innings and threw 100 pitches. There’s a play during Mills’ time on the mound that I want to talk about, in fact the last of those games, Hunter Dozier kicking a ball to right center field with runners in second and third. [VIDEO].
Rafael Ortega did a pretty good job of selling that ball to make everyone believe he caught it, and the Cubs threw the ball at second and third and hit the goals and if there is has a catch, it’s a triple play.
Watch the video from around: 40 to: 45 – you can clearly see the bullet hitting Ortega’s leg as she comes out of her glove for the second time. This means the ball is in play.
David Ross had used a challenge earlier in the match and he failed, so the referees discussed Ortega’s capture and play continued, with Dozier placed second with a double and two runs scored on play. It was 7-1 at the time, but as I told Mike Bojanowski when the Royals took a 3-0 lead in the third, even that seemed like an insurmountable deficit.
And, of course, it was. Here’s the Cubs’ only real highlight of the afternoon, an RBI single from Matt Duffy in the fourth round [VIDEO].
The Cubs pitchers struck out 12 Royals in that game. So yeah?
I imagine. That’s about all I have on this one. Oh, our old pal Wade Davis, who entered that game with a 6.81 ERA in 34 appearances in 2021 and since 2019 has posted an 8.49 ERA and a WHIP of 1.742 in 89 games, threw a 1 -2-3 ninth. Here is the final release of the game [VIDEO].
Davis didn’t look too happy with the hit, but he got three strikeouts with no one reaching base, and the Cubs obediently bowed to defeat the No.72 of the 2021 season. now a 3-17 record in August and have been outscored 143-71 in those 20 games, the equivalent of losing them all by an average score of around 7-3. Ouch.
The Cubs’ 2021 season continues. The good news is that there are only 36 games left. The bad news is that there are 36 games left. On Monday, the Colorado Rockies take their 14-45 road record to Wrigley Field. Maybe the Cubs can even win a game, and they actually have a decent chance of doing it with Kyle Hendricks on the mound. Antonio Senzatela is expected to start for the Rockies. Match time is 7:05 p.m. CT and TV coverage will be via Marquee Sports Network.
Enjoy music. It’s a lot more fun than this game was.