CHICAGO (670 The Score) – A lack of hustle on a ball hit over his head resulted in Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber being benched by manager David Ross in a 4-0 loss to the Twins at Wrigley Field on Sunday night.
Schwarber’s miscue of slowly tracking down a hit off the wall turned Twins outfielder Jake Cave’s would-be double into a triple in the top of the second inning. The Twins then scored their first run off Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish on an RBI groundout with one out. Schwarber acknowledged he was “not thinking at the moment.”
“I don't think the guy should have gotten to third base there,” Schwarber said. “It put Yu in a bad spot. It put the team in a bad spot there. You just have to learn from it and move on. It's not the ideal way to learn from it. But I think I can take a lot of different punches. I pride myself on being a team guy who will play this game 120 percent. I think my teammates understand that, and I think Rossy understands that as well.
“I could have gotten to the ball sooner. If I did that it might have been a different situation and the run might not have scored.”
Neither Ross nor Schwarber would divulge details on the conversation they had between each other, but Ross did emphasize this play wasn’t reflective of the Schwarber that he knows.
"Like a lot of our guys, he busts it every time out there,” Ross said. "He is a guy we rely on in the middle of our order. He is scuffling a little bit (6-for-63 with one homer since Sept. 1). He is in here every day doing the work, as a lot of our offensive players are. Baseball is not a whole lot of fun when you are scuffling to get runs and hits out there.”
The Cubs lead the Cardinals by 3.5 games in the NL Central race with a week left in the regular season.
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.