LaHair’s Heroics Not Enough to Rescue Cubs
The madness continued this afternoon for the Cubs as they lost their 11th straight one-run game. Think about that for a second, the last 11 games decided by one run have been losses. That is hard to do, but I guess when a team can’t get clutch hits, and when they finally do the bullpen can’t hold the lead then that’s what happens. Today was a perfect illustration of how the Cubs somehow find a way to lose a one run game. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the 8th with two-out Dale Sveum turned to Bryan LaHair off the bench and he delivered. LaHair launched a long two-run home run to right centerfield to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead and probably showed the most emotion he has all year rounding the bases. That’s not a knock on LaHair but he’s pretty reserved, he we definitely jacked up when that one left the yard. Unfortunately, like so many times this year when the Cubs take a lead late in the game they usually give it right back, and that’s exactly what happened. The Cubs allowed the Brewers to tie it in the bottom of the 8th inning and Casey Coleman gave up a walk off home run to Aoki, his second of the game, in the bottom of the 10th to lose the game and series.
Matt Garza had one of his best road outings on the season as he went six strong innings allowing two runs on four hits. His command was much better than it has been on the road as he only walked one guy and struck out six in the no decision. Not much going for the Cubs at the plate as Randy Wolf completely shut them down. Joe Mather was 2-for-4 at the plate and Bryan LaHair did more than anyone in just one at bat going 1-for-1 with a home run and two RBI’s… off to Minnesota. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
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