A couple of key misplays by Martin Prado, starting at second as Aaron Hill got a mental health day, were perhaps crucial. In the third, he seemed to dive over a ball to his right, for an RBI single - it would have been a good play had he made it. However, in the fifth, he was given an error on a ball that clanked off the heel of his glove, opening the door for Mike Olt's three-run homer, part of a four-run inning for the Cubs. That frame marked the end of Brandon McCarthy's evening: he was up and down as usual, striking out the side in the second, but scattering seven hits and two walks, with six K's. However, only one of the five runs McCarthy allowed were earned, due to Prado's error.
The offense did little better off Jason Hammel, than they managed off Travis Wood the previous night. Again, the only damage we managed was a solo shot - with Mark Trumbo out due to a sore foot, the slugging honors went to a surprising replacement. Tuffy Gosewisch hammered the first home-run of his career in the sixth. It was also his first hit of 2014 However, Cody Ross went hitless in three at-bats, and became the second player in D-backs history who failed to reach base in his first four starts of the season [Mike DiFelice did it for five games after being signed in July 2001]. Ross is now 0-for-16 with no walks and eight strikeouts.
Adding insult to injury, Randall Delgado and J.J. Putz combined to allow four runs in the eighth, putting the icing on this evening's collective nightmare, though Paul Goldschmidt drove in Cliff Pennington with two outs in the ninth, for our second run. Tomorrow's the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field. Coincidentally, it's also the 100th anniversary of the last time the Diamondbacks won a game. Or maybe it just feels that way... Be back in a bit with a Very Special Recap, basically provided by the Twitterverse.