Return Home Can’t Help Cubs; Drop Sixth Straight

The weather is miserable in the Chicagoland area today, but it’s not as bad as the Cubs, they are ice-cold.  Thanks to a rocky outing from Chris Volstad, and some bad defensive work, stop me if you’ve heard this before, the Cubs have dropped their sixth in a row.  Right from the hop it was apparent that the Cubs probably didn’t have a chance today.  Before the sparse crowd could even get settled the Reds were up 4-0 in the top of the first inning against Volstad.  Things never really got better for the Cubs as every time they tried to mount a comeback the Reds were able to tack on to their lead.  When it was all said and done, the Reds walk out with a 9-4 victory, in which the Cubs almost had more errors (3) than runs (4) and hits (5).  Full Recap after the jump.

FULL BOX SCORE

I don’t know what it is, but the early season success of the Cubs’ starters is no longer there.  It continued today as Volstad struggled right from the get go.  Things started will enough with Volstad striking out Cozart, but then the wheels fell off rather quickly.  Drew Stubbs got things started with a base hit to right field then tested the Cubs defense, and it failed.  Stubbs stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Geovany Soto, and was subsequently knocked in by a Joey Votto single to make it 1-0. After a Jay Bruce single, and a Scott Rolen walk, the bases were loaded for Chris Heisey, and he came up clutch.  Heisey roped a base hit to center field scoring two guys, and then advanced up one base along with Rolen on a Marlon Byrd error, Byrd now has almost as many errors as hits.  The Reds closed out the scoring in the first as Willie Harris grounded out to Bryan LaHair, scoring Rolen to make it 4-0 Reds before the Cubs picked up a bat.

The Cubs looked to be right back in it in the bottom of the third thanks to an error by the usually sure handed Reds.  With two outs and DeJesus at second, Castro launched a drive to left field that probably would have ended up on Waveland any other day, but the wind knocked it down to the surprise of everyone, including Reds left fielder Chris Heisey.  Heisey flat-out dropped the fly ball right in front of the wall, thus letting Castro make it to second, and scoring DeJesus.  Bryan LaHair, who has been one of the few bright spots for the Cubs followed with a big two-out hit to get the Cubs right back in the game at 4-2.  As quickly as the Cubs got back in the game they were back out of it again in the top of the 4th.  With two outs and a runner at first Volstad gave up a single to Cozart, and a line drive double to Stubbs, when the dust settled two more runs scored for the Reds, and they were back on top 6-2 and the Cubs would get no closer than that.  The Cubs scored one run in the 5th and 6th inning, while the Reds scored one run in the 6th, 8th, and 9th innings to give them the 9-4 victory.

Born on Third’s Thoughts:
One of these days we will get to see a nice, well-played Cubs victory, today was not that day.  Another day of sloppy baseball, and poor starting pitching, and another loss.  It’s starting to look more and more like the Cubs will live “up” to all the experts predictions and completely flame out this year.  What is really startling about the Cubs offensive “attack” is that they have five home runs as a team.  The Yankees hit five home runs today.  I understand that this team is not going to pound the baseball out of the park, but five home runs so far is absurd.  What’s worse is the Cubs as a team only have 28 extra base hits, that’s horrible, if the ball is not leaving the ball park you have to hit gaps or you will not score runs, and that’s exactly what’s happening.

Highlights:
Byrd’s Diving Catch
Barney’s Catch
Castro Just Misses a HR
LaHair’s RBI Single

Thanks for reading,
- George

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