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The Cubs keep finding new heartbreaking ways to lose

The Cubs keep finding new heartbreaking ways to lose

The Cubs need the All-Star Break in the worst way.

They just dropped their fourth straight game Wednesday night in Pittsburgh and somehow this one will be tougher to swallow than the 18-5 shellacking to open the series.

Thanks to a spectacular effort from catcher Victor Caratini and catcher-turned-right-fielder Willson Contreras, the Cubs entered the bottom of the ninth inning with a 5-4 lead and Craig Kimbrel on the mound. Fifteen minutes later, the Cubs were walking off the field with a 6-5 loss.

Kimbrel gets slapped with the blown save, but it's hardly his fault. 

After a groundout to begin the ninth, Kimbrel walked Elias Diaz and then got Jung Ho Kang to hit a popup to shallow right field, which clanked off Contreras' glove while he was on a dead sprint. (Contreras was playing the outfield with both Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant banged up.)

The next batter was Adam Frazier, who is quickly climbing the ranks of Cub Killers. With the tying run on third base and the winning run on second, the Cubs opted to keep the infield back and Frazier tapped a groundball to the left of Addison Russell. The Cubs second baseman double-clutched and then tried to throw home anyways, but was too late. That left the game tied and the winning run just 90 feet away with only 1 out.

Three pitches later, Corey Dickerson hit a line drive to Kyle Schwarber in left field and that was that — the Cubs' 42nd loss of the season and a missed opportunity to move back into first place.

It was just the latest chapter for a Cubs team that has been the worst in baseball on the road over the last month-plus:

The ninth inning collapse also meant another no-decision for Yu Darvish, who was in line for his first win since April 27 (and only his fourth W since signing with the Cubs).

Up until that final inning, Contreras and Caratini looked like the heroes. Caratini notched his first career multi-homer game (both of which gave the Cubs the lead) and Contreras threw Melky Cabrera out at home to end the eighth inning:

The Cubs have three more games left until the All-Star Break — the series finale in Pittsburgh Thursday afternoon before a much-needed day off Friday and then a quick weekend trip to the South Side.

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Cubs stay hot, but can they trust Cole Hamels?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Cubs stay hot, but can they trust Cole Hamels?

Chris Bleck, Mark Grote and Vinnie Duber join Kap on the panel.

0:00- The Cubs keep winning as their winning streak goes to 5. Meanwhile, the panel discusses Yu Darvish's big start and if the Cubs can trust Cole Hamels any more this season.

6:00- The guys play Chicago's favorite game-- what's wrong with Mitch Trubisky?

11:00- Scott Paddock drops by to talk about Martin Truex, Jr.'s win, Kyle Busch's frustration and traffic in Las Vegas.

15:00- Ozzie Guillen joins the panel to talk about playing out the string and Lucas Giolito's huge 2019.

Listen here or in the embedded player below. 

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Anthony Rizzo spotted on scooter, complete with tassels, flowers, and snacks

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Anthony Rizzo spotted on scooter, complete with tassels, flowers, and snacks

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo injured his ankle Sunday in the series finale against the Pirates, but he is certainly trying to make the most of the terribly timed injury.

Since he is unable to put any weight on his right ankle, Rizzo has been seen using a scooter to get around.

You can check out Rizzo’s new ride below.

But, folks, this isn’t just any old scooter. Rizzo is riding in style with purple and white shiny tassels on his handlebars, a flower basket attached to the front which our insider Tony Andracki says holds snacks.

Rizzo continues to be one of the most relatable guys at Wrigley. 

The results of Rizzo’s MRI concluded the lateral sprain to Rizzo's right ankle will keep him in a boot for the next week. The Cubs and Rizzo will then determine how much movement and play the ankle can handle going forward.

Definitely not ideal as the Cubs try to scrape their way into the playoffs over the new two weeks, but it's nice to know to Rizzo seems to be in good spirits.

But until the boot is off, we can all enjoy Rizzo’s sick new set of wheels.

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