CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Cubs lost to the Miami Marlins Friday afternoon 2-0.
The game two loss in the Wild Card Series officially knocks Chicago's North Side team out of the running for the MLB World Series.
First-year skipper David Ross was very honest about the emotions saying 2020 is no joke.
There has been nothing normal about the 2020 baseball season, making the abrupt end to the Cubs season feel different than when they've been eliminated in the past. Perhaps that's because they never really got going offensively with only one run on nine hits in 18 innings of work, sweeping them into the offseason.
The loss has now left them far short of their World Series goals.
The end of the season is even harder as their championship window closes on a veteran core left with uncertainty about their future. Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez are hoping they get a chance to bounce back together next season after a combined one for 24 in this short series. But with unmet expectations comes inevitable change.
The next move is, will the Cubs be able to turn things around in the offseason.
The threat of storms Thursday postponed the game 24 hours to make sure it could be played without interruption.
Cubs offense failed to back Kyle Hendricks in game one, losing 5-1 on Wednesday. They faced elimination going into Friday as the Cubs turned to their ace Yu Darvish to try and keep the season alive. Darvish finished the regular season tied for the league lead in eight victories and finished with a 2.01 ERA. For Darvish, the game was his first playoff start since 2017 with the LA Dodgers.
Darvish was countered by Marlins rookie pitcher Sixto Sanchez who struck out four of the first seven Cubs he faced.
The Marlins now head to the divisional series next week.
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