David Ross reacts to heartbreaking loss: "Gotta win that game"
|Thursday, May 18, 2023, 2:02 PM- -|
The Chicago Cubs' struggles continued as they suffered their fifth consecutive loss, a heartbreaking 7-6 walk-off defeat against the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.
The game was a disappointing blow for the team, leaving them searching for answers and eager to turn their fortunes around.
“We’ve gotta win that game,” manager David Ross said during his postgame interview. “We gotta pitch better on the back end. The offense did enough tonight. Played good defense. I thought, overall, really nice plays. We’ve gotta cash that one in.”
“Wasn’t very good,” Ross said of reliever Keegan Thompson.
“You’re trying to set guys up for success and matchup things that go well and it didn’t go well tonight,” Ross said. “So, you gotta go back to the drawing board, continue to have those guys work, and it wasn’t Keegan’s best night, it wasn’t Leiter’s best night. The offense did enough; like I said, we just gotta make better pitches there in the back end.”
Ross talked about the strategy in the ninth inning.
“They jumped on him early a couple of pitches there and then scared him out of the zone, walked a guy, and not gonna wait around at that point,” Ross said. “We gotta get [Brandon] Hughesy in for that lefty pocket coming up, trying to get some punchouts there, but again, gotta be better.”
Ross knows that they let one get away.
“Yeah, the whole thing’s frustrating, for sure,” Ross said. “We’ve got to win that game.”
The Cubs now face the challenge of regrouping and finding a way to end their losing streak as they have a much-needed off-day and then will visit the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday at 6:05 pm CT.
David Ross following tonight's loss. pic.twitter.com/JT8DGI4eqM— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) May 18, 2023