Cubs, Keegan Thompson suffer growing pains in 9-3 loss to Orioles

Growing discomforts for Cubs, Thompson in Orioles thrashing initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

BALTIMORE — For 2 months and simply over 45 innings this season Cubs right-hander Keegan Thompson pitched like a budding National League All-Star.

And then came Tuesday’s 9-3 loss to a crap Orioles group at Camden Yards.

“Tonight was one of those nights that happen in baseball,” catcher Willson Contreras stated.

No doubt.

But with a second-year pitcher making his 11th big-league start, it likewise was a tip of what the Cubs are doing this year, where they are compared to when, state, Jon Lester may have a comparable car throughout a long season on “one of those nights.”

Thompson might yet make that All-Star group, this year or another.

For now, he’s going to work the next 4 days on what failed throughout a seven-run, three-homer, two-hit-batter flusher that shot his season period from 1.99 to 3.17 in a three-inning second.

“A lot of pitches to hit, a lot of stuff in the zone, a lot of breaking stuff with just not a lot of bite,” supervisor David Ross stated. “The first bad night that we’ve see him have.”

Growing discomforts.

For a pitcher getting a shot to show he can stick as a big-league starter this year, if not as a part of Jed Hoyer’s “next great Cubs team.”

But likewise growing discomforts for a group in a 2nd, more uncomfortable, multiyear restore by this big-revenue, big-ticket-prices group.

“He’s pitched really well for us, but tonight he didn’t have the command of pitches like he has,” Contreras stated. “The fastball command wasn’t there. The breaking balls were a little flat in the zone.”

And the Cubs dropped to 10 video games under .500.

It occurred with Alec Mills — who lastly was triggered from the hurt Tuesday — making his five-inning season launching in relief of Thompson and permitting simply 2 runs.

And versus the background of veteran Wade Miley’s impending return from the IL in the next couple of days. With veteran Drew Smyly due back a couple of weeks behind that.

With less than 2 months to another selloff.

With 4 months delegated show something for any person who may be left after the trade due date.

With 4 months left for group president Hoyer and his personnel to assess what they have prior to taking a couple of more dollars into next year’s complimentary representative market and choosing whether to go huge or develop another crapshoot lineup of short-timer trade prospects.

“You’ve got to forget about this one,” Contreras stated of Thompson’s getaway. “Forget about this one and work on what you have to do to get back on track.”

Thompson’s not the only one.

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