(670 The Score) Once again, the Cubs were doomed by their offensive failures in the postseason.
The Cubs were shut out 2-0 by rookie right-hander Sixto Sanchez and the Marlins in Game 2 of their wild-card series at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon. That brought the Cubs’ season to an end, as they managed just one run and nine hits in the two-game sweep in the new best-of-three format. The Cubs haven’t won a playoff game since 2017.
On Friday, the Cubs managed just five hits off Sanchez and four Marlins relievers.
"I told the guys to remember how this feels when you are working in the offseason,” manager David Ross said. “I am proud of the group in a season like no other.”
The Cubs won the NL Central at 34-26, but their offense was inconsistent all season. Ross was baffled by it.
"This season is unique if you look around the league,” Ross said. “We just never got going. I never thought we hit our stride on offense. These guys will go into the offseason and work. But I never felt we could get going on offense this year.”
The Cubs wasted a strong outing from ace Yu Darvish, who went 6 2/3 innings and allowed two runs, both earned, on five hits while striking out six.
"When you are not hitting and you see Darvish and the whole pitching staff carry us, it's heartbreaking and upsetting not to come through,” first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. “You just have to take time to dissect all of this and go back to the drawing board. We go from there.”
The Cubs hit just .213 at Wrigley Field in 2020.
"We competed as a team,” shortstop Javier Baez said. “We had the switch to compete, but our offense struggled. There is no excuse, but we never got hot. (Kyle) Schwarber didn't get hot, Rizzo didn't get hot, I didn't get hot. We competed and gave everything we had. It just didn't go our way.”
When it was over, all the Cubs could do was shake their heads.
"We all expected the offense to come together as a team,” catcher Willson Contreras said. “The adjustment is something you do individually. Not everybody was able to do that this year. I think it’s something we all need to get better at.”
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.