The Chicago Cubs were one pitch away from beating the Yankees as they lose 3-2
Hector Rondon threw one bad pitch that Brett Gardner unloaded on to put the Yankees up on the Chicago Cubs 3-2 dropping game one in the series
That was a deflating loss yesterday in a day game as the Chicago Cubs lose to the Yankees in a stunner. Kyle Hendricks threw a gem Friday going 5 1/3 during the 3-2 loss. The main takeaway from this game is that the behind the plate ump was calling balls, and strikes like the batters were in little league. The strike zone was super inconsistent and small. That lead to some deep counts and after the extra inning game, the night before the Cubs needed Kyle Hendricks to make it deep in the ballgame. Hendricks came out after the game with this opinion on the matter.
“I wasn’t getting calls early in the game, which got me into some bad counts I had to work out of,” said Hendricks, who walked two and struck out five. “But I felt like I was staying where I needed to stay – down in the zone.”
This quote is as emotional Kyle will get explaining how pissed he was about the inconsistent strike zone. I think that this is his way of saying that it was bullshit. Joe Maddon had a little bit more of a straight up opinion of how the ump Ryan Blakney was calling balls and strikes.
“Once again I thought the umpire had a ball zone,” Maddon said. “That’s twice this week we’ve been victimized by really tight strike zones.
“I know it works both ways, but I really thought it had some impact on the game.”
Maddon has said earlier in the season he is all for the automated strike zone so that the strike zone can be even from each game.
The first of the three-game set came down to one pitch that the Cubs needed to win this game. That was a low and inside slider thrown by Hector Rondon that left the field in a hurry putting that Yankees up 3-2.
The next game between the two is a Saturday night game starting at 5:30 pm.