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Observations: Errors loom large as Cubs' skid hits 10

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There has only been one season in Cubs history where they went on two losing streaks of 10 or more games.

There are now two, following Saturday's loss to the Marlins.

Here are 10 observations from the game.

1. The Marlins erased a two-run deficit in the eighth inning following two errors by Cubs shortstop Sergio Alcántara. After a leadoff double off Codi Heuer, Alcántara booted back-to-back one-out groundballs. Miami took the lead a batter later on a groundball single to right field.

2. Alcántara made three errors on the night, the first in the sixth inning. Zach Davies walked Jesús Aguilar, who represented the tying run, with two outs. He induced a ground ball to the next batter, but Alcántara’s throw to second base for a force out sailed wide.

3. Davies tossed his fifth quality start of the season. In his six innings, he allowed four hits and the one walk. The three runs off him were unearned. All five of Miami's runs were unearned.

4. This is the second time in team history the Cubs have had two losing streaks of 10 or more games in the same season, along with 1954. They also lost 11 straight games from the end of June through early July.

5. Miami rallied in the eighth after the Cubs took the lead a half inning earlier. Frank Schwindel knocked a bases-clearing double down the third base line, erasing a two-run deficit to put the Cubs ahead 4-3.

 

Schwindel, who was 0-for-3 before that hit, has been red hot since joining the Cubs last month. He entered Saturday slashing .395/.439/.737 (15-for-38) with three home runs and nine RBIs in 12 games.

6. Replay review changed Rafael Ortega’s fourth-inning triple, which got wedged in the right field wall’s chain link fence, to a ground-rule double. The Cubs still got on the board first — Patrick Wisdom’s bloop single moments later gave them a 1-0 lead.

7. Marlins right fielder Bryan De La Cruz took a chance trying to slide and knock down Ortega's line drive and came up empty, but otherwise seemingly caught anything and everything hit his way. He tracked down Alcántara's deep fly ball in the eighth, twisting and turning before hauling it in on the warning track.

8. Ortega has now reached base in 18 straight games — surpassing Anthony Rizzo for the Cubs’ longest such streak this season. Ortega, who went 1-for-3 with a walk Saturday, is batting 26-for-61 (.426) over that stretch.

9. If the Cubs are pinch hitting, there's a good chance they'll get a hit. Matt Duffy came off the bench and lined a single to right field in the eighth, the Cubs' 50th pinch hit of the season. They lead MLB in that category.

10. The Cubs snapped a three-game streak where they allowed 10 or more runs — avoiding their first four-game streak in the modern era (since 1901).

On deck: The Cubs look to avoid the sweep Sunday. First pitch is 12:10 p.m. CT. Alec Mills (5-4, 4.27) is the Cubs’ probable starter and Miami’s is TBD.

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