Walks hurt Chatwood, offense denied in loss

Righty issues 6 free passes, chased in 3rd; Happ's 9th-inning HR lone run as Cubs go 0-for-10 with RISP

May 23rd, 2018

CHICAGO -- The last time the Cubs played the Indians at Wrigley Field, Chicago won Game 5 of the 2016 World Series. was a member of the Rockies then and didn't have a rooting interest. He did on Tuesday night, and the outcome was frustrating for the right-hander.

Chatwood walked six over 2 2/3 innings and served up a crushing three-run homer to in the Cubs' 10-1 loss to the Indians, who took a 2-1 lead in this four-game, home-and-home Interleague series. The teams split a set at Progressive Field on April 24-25.

In his last outing against the Braves, Chatwood appeared to have made the adjustments to limit the walks, issuing two over 5 1/3 innings. That wasn't the case on Tuesday.

"He's got a busy delivery when he throws the baseball -- it's busy what he does with his hand," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "It's something he's done for a while. It's not something he can change easily. … You can see the movement from the side, how good it is. We've got to harness it somehow. I spoke to him on the bench and reassured him that it'll be fine. He knows that. Man, that's good stuff. We've just got to get him in that zone."

Chatwood threw 74 pitches and only 30 for strikes in his shortest outing with the Cubs. It's the sixth time in nine starts that he's walked at least five, and he's the first Cubs pitcher to do so in that many games since Carlos Zambrano in 2007. Zambrano, though, made 34 starts that season. For the season, Chatwood has struck out 41 and walked a Major League-leading 40 over 45 2/3 innings.

"It's definitely frustrating, because one at-bat I'll feel really good, and the next at-bat I'm fighting myself," Chatwood said. "It's even more frustrating that I'm putting us behind a guy like [Trevor] Bauer, the way he's throwing the ball right now.

"I'm fighting myself. I feel my last time, I was able to stay in the rhythm, and tonight I was battling [and] rushing rather than staying back. It's keeping that feeling rather than maintaining it."

Even though he's issued so many walks, Chatwood had only served up one home run prior to Tuesday's game. Ramirez's blow was the difference.

"He might walk a couple guys, but the home run doesn't normally follow," Maddon said. "That's been the pattern -- he'll walk [batters] and then wiggle out of it because it's so hard to square up. They squared up the one time."

Cubs catcher expects Chatwood to get back on track.

"In baseball, when you're on, you can throw with your eyes closed," Contreras said. "When you have an off-day, people will try to nitpick at every little thing. It's just part of the game, and I'm sure he's not going to have the same kind of start next time."

Bauer, who took the loss in Game 5, scattered seven hits over six innings, and dodged trouble as the Cubs went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position while he was in the game.

"He was good," said. "We hit some balls pretty hard. We're going to take that. Obviously, we want to push across some runs."

Besides Ramirez's homer, which landed in the basket rimming the right-field wall, celebrated his homecoming to Chicago by hitting a two-run single in the fourth, and added a three-run double in the fifth, both off Mike Montgomery.


Good timing: spoiled the Indians' shutout bid when he led off the ninth with a home run, his third career pinch-hit homer. He connected off closer Josh Tomlin, launching the ball 433 feet to right, for his eighth home run of the year. Happ's blast struck the video board in right, and he's the first Cubs player to do that since Anthony Rizzo on Aug. 14, 2016, against the Cardinals.


showed off his glove work and his speed. In the sixth, he robbed of a potential hit with a sliding stop on the grass. With two outs in the eighth, reliever took over to face Baez, who tripled into the right-field corner. But Miller got to fly out and end the inning. The Cubs stranded 11 in the game, and went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

"I loved our at-bats and thought we played with a lot of energy," Maddon said. "Everything was right. We just could not prevent runs by them."


"My linkage [to the Indians] is winning the [World Series for the] first time in 108 years. It doesn't matter who the vehicle was, we just won. Cleveland was a good ballclub, it was a great Series, very entertaining, thought-provoking. But it was about us and not about them at the end of the day." -- Maddon, on whether the Cubs and Indians are linked because of the 2016 World Series


will close the brief Interleague series on Wednesday, facing the Indians for the second time this season, in the MLB Network Showcase game. On April 25 at Progressive Field, he gave up three runs, all on solo homers, over seven innings but took the loss in a 4-1 decision. The lefty is coming off a win over the Reds in which he gave up two hits over six innings. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT at Wrigley Field, and the Tribe will counter with right-hander .