Did David Copperfield ever make Wrigley Field disappear? Because Jair Jurrjens and the Braves certainly made the Cubs baserunners appear invisible last night. In leaving 15 men on base, the Cubs helped the Braves make some history (according to STATS):
The Cubs left 15 men on in a 3-0 loss to ATL, the 1st time the Braves have shut out an opponent who stranded 15+ runners since 9-26-1946.
That's beyond futile. Consider that during last night's game, the Cubs even had two hits with runners in scoring position -- 2-for-14 overall -- and still couldn't score any runs. Al Yellon over at Bleed Cubbie Blue laments the Cubs' penchant for leaving men on base:
This happened last year, too; the Cubs left 17 on base in a 3-1 win over the Reds on July 3, 2010... but other than that, a Cubs team had left 15 or more men on base only once in a nine-inning game since 1979 (April 9, 2002, and they won that game, too, 2-0). In all, last night was the 10th time they had done this since 1919 -- but the first time they had failed to score any runs at all, while having that many baserunners.
Ah, to be a Cubs fan.
Runners in scoring position with less than two out four times without scoring them.
Don't worry, Al, we've all been there.