This day stinks.
Here’s your recap, ya mugs...
Jake Arrieta = bad.
Couldn’t get out of the third inning, thanks to a triple and home run in the first from Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo respectively.
In the second, singles from Jason Heyward and Kyle Hendricks (!) plated the second. Arrieta at least tried to help his cause by doubling, then scored on a Jean Segura double, who then scored himself on a Didi Gregorius double. Hey - it’s 3-2. Things look good.
No they don’t. In the third, Arrieta gave up back-to-back home runs to Rizzo and Javier Baez, ending his outing for the day. This wouldn’t even be the worst news for a Phillies pitcher on the day.
The Phillies made some noise in the 7th inning, pushing two runs across thanks to double from Adam Haseley, a pinch single from Neil Walker and an RBI single from Bryce Harper, getting the Phillies to within one run. With Walker pinch hitting, who would come in to pitch?
Old friend, Jose Alvarez.
Alvarez proceeded to give up a single to Bryany before striking out the next two men he faced before allowing a walk, single and a double, giving the Cubs an 8-4 lead. There was some noise in the ninth when the Phillies loaded the bases with one, but J.T. Realmuto popped up (after a balk scored a run) and Jay Bruce struck out, ending the ballgame.
After it was all over, the manager sat down with the press and made the announcement that everyone already knew was inevitable:
Zack Wheeler damaged his UCL and would be finished for the season.
<puts hands in pockets and shuffles away, sobbing>