Joe Maddon to Cubs fans: ’Go ahead and freak out’

Maddon said earlier this month the Cubs hitters were too focused on hitting. He said Sunday his team is trying to hit home runs instead of being more efficient at the plate. The Cubs were 0 for 14 with runners in scoring position against the Dodgers and are now hitting a National League-worst .127 with runners at second or third.

We have to score the runner from third with less than two outs with something other than a home run, Maddon said. We’re just hitting home runs to score runs. We have to become more efficient moving the baseball. I’ve been talking about it for three years now.

You have to get to the point where you move the ball and make adjustments, Maddon added. Middle of the field, opposite field, get the home run out of your head. If it happens, it happens. We just got too big there.

The Cubs did hit three home runs off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, but Cubs pitchers allowed four homers in a 9-4 loss.

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, the baseball gods manage to give us something new.

Juan Nieves remains the only member in Milwaukee’s no-hit club.

Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Saturday, but saw it come to an end when Arizona’s Nick Ahmed led off the eighth with a single back up the middle. Anderson was at 111 pitches after seven innings, but recorded his 11th strikeout of the game for the second out of the inning. The 11 strikeouts are a career high for Anderson, who is in his fourth MLB season.

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