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Cubs pitchers walked 11 batters (two intentional), including four by starter Zach Davies in the 6-4 loss to the DBacks.
PHOENIX – When your success relies on command, when that command goes astray, it can make for a frustrating afternoon. That was how things went for starter Zach Davies in Sunday’s 6-4 loss to the DBacks. The Cubs’ right-hander never found the command of his pitches and went into several deep counts.
The game looked like it was going to get away from Davies and the Cubs in the fourth inning as he walked the leadoff hitter, Eduardo Escobar. Escobar would come around to score on Pavin Smith’s RBI-single, loading the bases with nobody out.
But he was able to get out of the jam and limit the damage, getting a popout and a timely 6-4-3 double play to get out of the jam. Davies allowed two runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings with three strikeouts and four walks.
“Some of [the walks] are just at-bats that I’m trying to throw pitches in certain places that I didn’t exactly hit. Trying to get guys to chase,” Davies said. “At the end of the day, you’re trying to be out there, a little deeper into a game.
“I try to move past it as fast as I can. I’m not happy about it by any means, but there’s still another out to get after him. So just trying to turn the page fast.”
Command wasn’t just an issue for Davies, but the entire pitching staff. Cubs pitchers combined to walk 11 batters (two intentional) in the game against the DBacks. Three of those walks came around to score. A hit by pitch in the seventh inning also came around to score.
“Today, we weren’t very sharp [on the mound]. Too many free passes, to be honest with you” manager David Ross said after the game. “The free passes are a little bit frustrating, but other than that we played pretty good.”
Cubs claim Schwindel from the A’s
The Cubs claimed first baseman Frank Schwindel from the Oakland A’s on Sunday. He was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Schwindel, 29, has little major-league experience with a .114/.114/.229 slashine with a home run and three RBIs in 14 games. Schwindel does have a respectable .287/.321/.481 slashline with 134 homers over eight minor league seasons.
The Cubs’ 40-man roster is now full.
He said it
Ross on Rowan Wick’s return to the mound: “He’s on his way back to being healthy and feeling good. And the fact that he did have a nice outing and has come out feeling great today is a really nice sign. … It’s just nice to see him back on competing again.”