Observations: Cubs bats go cold vs. Braves’ Ian Anderson

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The Cubs lost 5-0 to the Braves on Tuesday, falling to 0-2 in the four-game series. The Cubs' road record slipped to 2-6. 

Here are 10 takeaways from the game: 

  1. The Cubs were without Javy Báez (hamstring) and Kris Bryant (right biceps) in the starting lineup Tuesday. 
  2. Nico Hoerner, playing shortstop, hit leadoff for the second straight game. A 2020 gold glove finalist at second base, Hoerner had trouble handling two hard-hit ground balls at short on Tuesday.
  3. After allowing just one base runner in the first inning, Cubs starting pitcher Trevor Williams pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the second. He got Ronald Acuña Jr., who leads the National League in OPS, to pop up in foul territory for the third out of the frame.
  4. Acuña got Williams back in the fifth, hitting a solo home run to score the Braves’ first run of the game. The home run was Acuña’s eighth of the season, tied for the MLB lead with Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins.
  5. Williams had retired six straight batters before giving up that home run.  In the fourth inning, he struck out the side in order. Williams’ eight strikeouts Tuesday tied a career high.
  6. Williams gave up one more run in the fifth – walking Freddie Freeman and giving up a double to Ozzie Albies – before getting out of the inning. For the third straight start, Williams allowed two or fewer runs in five innings.
  7. Cubs reliever Ryan Tepera returned from a two-game suspension to throw one shutout inning on Tuesday. He took over for Williams in the sixth, allowing one hit and recording two strikeouts.
  8. Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson threw seven shutout innings against the Cubs. Center fielder Jake Marisnick was the only Cub to get a hit against Anderson, one of two Cubs hits all night.
  9. The Braves tacked on another three runs, one earned, off Cubs reliever Brandon Workman in the eighth inning. Hoerner’s error on a hard ground ball hit by Austin Riley ended up being costly. 
  10. The Cubs were shut out for the fourth time this season. Their three other shutouts came at the hands of the Brewers. 

On deck: The Cubs faced the Braves in the third game of the four-game series at Atlanta. Kyle Hendricks takes the mound for the Cubs and Huascar Ynoa for the Braves.


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