August 5, 2021

Cubs face elimination after a stunning 5-1 loss to the Marlins in Game 1 of their playoff series

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.

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