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MLB: Chicago Cubs at Cleveland Indians Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we like to keep things brief on the principle that it makes us appear wise. We don’t always, but we like to, here in the year of the no-hitter*****.

The Cubs dropped a deuce at the ‘mistake by the lake’ as they stranded a ton of baserunners. The pitching staff looked good in defeat, but, well, defeat. 2 for 27 with RISP in the series.

In short, Cleveland’s Sam Hentges is a long, tall drink of water, but flames come out of his arm. The contrast between Hentges and Cubs starter Zach Davies could hardly be more stark, but success is measured by results, no matter how much attention is paid to process, and the early returns were similar. Hentges left with a zero. Davies stuck around long enough to get a run and give it right back before Justin Steele came in to prove his mettle. Andrew Chafin put the Cleveland ball club on hold but that gratis baserunner came back to bite Keegan Thompson. Cleveland’s bullpen held. Al has full details in his recap. We cover the coverage. Dig those crazy beats.

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“He was having trouble breathing out there,” David Ross told Jordan Bastian and other reporters after the game. “He was dealing with some sinus stuff for a couple innings. And it just wasn’t getting better.”

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Thanks for reading. *****by Sara Sanchez. Required reading. Tigers Friday.