After Corey Dickerson hit Kyle Hendricks’ 106th pitch over the wall in left-center for a momentum-crushing home run Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs’ season — and perhaps the legacy of their core players — was reduced to results over trust.
There is no time for experimenting or any semblance of wiggle room as the Cubs face elimination after a stunning 5-1 loss to the Miami Marlins in the first game of their best-of-three National League wild-card series at Wrigley Field.
“We’ve got to come in and find a way to win — that’s it,” Anthony Rizzo said after hard-throwing Sandy Alcantara held the Cubs offense to three hits in 6⅔ innings. “It doesn’t matter if it’s 1-0 or if we score a bunch of runs.”
Dickerson’s homer got most of the attention, particularly because Jeremy Jeffress was warming up as Hendricks allowed consecutive one-out hits to Miguel Rojas and Chad Wallach while approaching his season-high pitch count of 106 set Sept. 12 in Milwaukee.