It seems to happen to someone every year.
Cracking under pressure.
When the Cubs last played the Pirates (last Friday), closer Mark Melancon took over in the bottom of the 9th and gave up a double to last night's hero, Chris Denorfia, and then a triple to Starlin Castro.
Those were the first hits Melancon had given up since September 8th.
First run too.
And last night he took it one further, giving up 3 hits (including a homer to Mark Reynolds) and 3 runs and taking a huge loss for the Pirates.
Overall, Melancon is kind of excellent - he leads the NL with 51 saves, and he's had little hiccups like this and recovered just fine.
I'm just sayin'...
Looking ahead to October 7th, when most likely the Cubs will travel to Pittsburgh and it'll be Gerrit Cole vs Jake Arrieta, and it may very well come down to a nothin' to nothin' game in the top of the 9th and Mark Melancon on the mound.
In the meantime, he's got to pick himself up and try to help beat the Cards these next couple nights.
Pressure's on, dude.
The Cubs won another one-run game, last night vs K.C. in the last regular season game at Wrigley.
(Over at The Cub Reporter, Steve said, "It’s the last time we’ll see an AL team this year. Or is it..?" And I said, "HAHAHAHAHA!")
Chris Denorfia hit one out in the bottom of the 11th and that was it.
One would hope that the Cub bats wake up this week and build a little bit of momentum, right?
Anyway, Cubs one, Royals zeero.
The other thing of note was the horrible collision in the Cardinals' outfield, with Scott Piscotty taking a knee to the head and getting taken off the field on a stretcher.
Just awful and I really hope Piscotty's okay just so he is, but also so that when it comes time, the Cubs can play them with their full deck.