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I’ve never seen a team find a way to lose so many games like the Cubs have. The opponent doesn’t matter either as they play every team tough, as illustrated by how many one-run ball games they are in. The one problem is they never win those games, not even every once in a while, its uncanny. If it’s a one run game the Cubs will lose it, just like they have for the last 12 of them. Tonight the Cubs put up plenty of runs to win the game, but “kerosene” also known as Randy Wells couldn’t make it through an inning of work with a lead so the Cubs had to fight back. Once again they did, taking a lead in the 8th inning, just like yesterday. This time it was Alfonso Soriano hitting one of the farthest home runs ever at Target Field, had to be up in Aisle 64 with the frames. But this is the Cubs we are talking about, and the Cubs have trouble doing many things, one is closing games out. Carlos Marmol was so bad at closing games that he has now been relegated to the 7th inning blower of leads.
Tonight it was up to Shawn Camp, who in all honesty has been a tremendous bright spot out of the Cubs pen this year, but he didn’t have it tonight. He quickly gave up a single, and a triple to a guy that can’t spell his name (This is only a joke, I really hope Morneau is healthy for good, concussions are no fun) to tie the game at seven. Somehow Camp was able to get out of that jam without losing the game in the ninth, only a tease though. After the Cubs went quietly in the top of the 10th the Twins jumped all over Camp in the bottom half and this time Josh Willingham ended it with a single through the five man infield. Camp was bound to have a bad one, he’s only pitched infiniti-billion times this year. 12 straight one-run losses in a row, congrats Cubs, maybe they will fly a flag at Wrigley for this. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
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.
Back to reality for the Cubs as one day removed from a 10-0 victory they were blasted by the Brewers 8-0. I guess this was expected as Zack Greinke just doesn’t lose in Milwaukee, really he doesn’t, he’s 15-0 at Miller Park. It looked like the Cubs knew that heading in and expected to lose. These are the games that infuriate a fan base, three hits, no patience at plate, etc. I’m not ignoring Greinke’s effort, sometimes pitchers shut down the opponent, I just wish the Cubs approach was a lot better.
Paul Maholm wasn’t very good as he only made it through four innings giving up four runs on six hits en route to his 5th loss of the season. Manny Corpas made his Cubs debut, and it was great as he worked a scoreless inning, striking out two including Ryan Braun. Carlos Marmol continued to throw gasoline on his career and trade-ability by imploding on the mound in one inning of work by giving up three runs on three hits, at least he didn’t walk anyone. Alfonso Soriano, Starlin Castro, and Ian Stewart had the hits for the Cubs as they never really threatened the entire game. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
So that’s what it feels like to win on the road, Ryan Dempster must be saying the same thing about just winning a game. Both the Cubs 11 game road losing streak and Ryan Dempster’s winless streak that stretches back to last year bit the dust Tuesday night in Milwaukee. The Cubs took some frustration out on Yovani Gallardo and the Brewers as they pounded out ten runs on ten hits to beat the Brewers 10-0. How many times have we been able to say any of that all season? It’s been a struggle to say the least offensively, especially on the road, but the Cubs beat away those demons, hopefully for good last night.
Ryan Dempster was awesome yet again as he might have had his best command of the season. Dempster went seven strong innings, giving up no runs on three hits, while striking out three, no walks. The offensive charge was led by Alfonso Soriano as he got things kicked off with a bang driving a Yovani Gallardo offering over the right center field wall for a three run home run. Soriano finished the night going 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk, two RBI’s, and two runs scored. The much maligned Starlin Castro was 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and no mental lapses, although he did make a mistake on the base paths. Bryan LaHair and Jeff Baker each home runs to add-on to the lead later in the game, good to see both those guys contribute as it’s been a while. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Unfortunately it’s an all too familiar game and result for the Cubs as they couldn’t solve Matt Cain for 8+ innings en route to a 2-1 loss in San Francisco. Matt Garza had one of his best road outings of the year but a series of unfortunate events led to the Giants plating two runs in the 6th to erase a 1-0 Cubs lead. With Ryan Theriot on first after a lead-off single Melky Cabrera hit a soft fly ball to Alfonso Soriano, unfortunately it was Soriano circa 2011 as he played the fly out into a single. Soriano has played plus defense all year, but he should have had that one. Pagan followed with a one-out infield single, then Aubrey Huff coaxed a walk on a very close 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded that Matt Garza was visibly upset with to tie the game at one. The bad luck continued as Joaquin Arias hit a ground ball to the hole between third and short in which Castro could only get the force out at 2nd which allowed the eventual winning run to score, which coincidently was the guy who shouldn’t have been on base to begin with. The Cubs couldn’t get anything going at the plate against Cain, their only run came off the bat of David DeJesus as he launched a 400ft plus home run to deep right center. The Cubs only managed five hits the whole game as they didn’t get any from the 6 spot through the 9 spot in the order. Tony Campana had his second straight solid game at the top of the order going 2-for-4 with two stolen bases. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Jeff Samardzija is definitely getting the hang of this starter thing as he improved to 5-3 on the season with another stellar outing this afternoon against the Padres. Samardzija went seven strong innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while walking only one and striking out eight. That’s been the most impressive thing from Samardzija, he is not only locating but pitching to contact when he can, thus limiting his pitches which is allowing him to go deeper into the game. The outcome might have been different if it weren’t for Shawn Camp in the eighth inning. Samardzija left in the eighth with a guy at 3rd and nobody out and Camp came in to get the next three hitters without allowing the run to score to preserve the 4-3 lead. Joe Mather and Darwin Barney were each 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles. Every Cubs hitter had at least one hit, I’m not counting Koyie Hill as a hitter. Alfonso Soriano hit his seventh home run of the season in the bottom of the 6th to make it 3-1, but the bigger play might have been in the top half as Soriano made an outstanding diving catch and doubled off Stultz at second to keep the Cubs ahead by one. The Cubs go for the sweep tomorrow, if they win that game that’s officially a winning streak, it has happened before. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
The losses are just running together at this point, add this one to the pile as the Cubs were never really in this one. Garza came into this game awful on the road, he lived up to those expectations by tossing five horrendous innings. He gave up six runs, five earned while walking only one (bonus!) and striking out six, he gave up three home runs. Rafael Dolis continued his audition for the Iowa Cubs bullpen by giving up two runs on two hits with two walks without retiring a hitter. Before the game Dale Sveum said that Dolis would no longer be the closer, not like we noticed really because when was the last time the Cubs needed a closer? James Russell and Shawn Camp will get opportunities to close games if the situation ever arises again. Once again the Cubs did nothing for the majority of the game with the bats until the game was decided then they went to work. Starlin Castro was 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI’s, and that was really it. The Cubs were only able to get four runs across the plate on seven hits. They only managed two hits in six inning off of Cy Young candidate Erik Bedard who came into this game at 2-5 on the season. Twelve straight losses, two more to tie the all-tim Cubs record… have to shoot for something right? Full box score and highlights after the jump.
No matter how the game is going right now, Cubs fans and players alike are just expecting the worst and once again the Cubs delivered. Rafael Dolis buried a 2-2 sinker into the ribs of the “dangerous” Matt Hague with the bases loaded to give the Pirates the win. Common theme during this streak and really the whole year, the Cubs never allow themselves to get beat, they beat themselves. Once again an opponent was trying to give up an out with a sac bunt in the ninth and Dolis couldn’t get a pitch close enough to the strike zone for the hitter to offer at it and he walked him. The inning would have been much different with McCutchen up with one out and a guy at second instead of 1st and 2nd and no outs. Anyway, Paul Maholm struggled with his command but battled his way through five innings in his return to Pittsburgh settling for a no decision. Alfonso Soriano was 1-for-4 at the plate with his 5th home run of the season, his solo shot brought the Cubs back to within one in the 4th inning. Starlin Castro was 1-for-4 at the plate as well with a big two-out RBI triple in the 5th inning to tie the game at two. Unfortunately for the Cubs they only managed six hits, and couldn’t string anything together, one thing they are good at stringing together is losses, the streak now sits at 11. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
I think Dale Sveum said it best after this one, “I’m a little lost for words now. It’s kind of the same thing” you’re not the only one Dale. Just when you think the Cubs have found every way possible to lose a game they go out and find another excruciating way to do so. Ryan Dempster was on the mound again for the Cubs so odds are it was going to be a low scoring game, and it was. Dempster was brilliant, what else is new? He went 7 and 1/3rd and only gave up one run on seven hits. Dempster had his command once again tonight as he only walked one guy while striking out seven, his ERA drops to 2.14, and his record falls to 0-3, amazing. Offensively the Cubs actually had something going, they pounded out 10 hits, but couldn’t push any runs across the plate, that’s hard to do. Starlin Castro, hitting in the two-hole for the first time this year was 2-for-5, but made the final out of the game by striking out against Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan with the tying run on third. David DeJesus made the biggest out just before Castro as he struck out looking with said tying run on third when a fly ball would have got the job done. Just terrible, the Cubs were 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 guys on base, what more is there to say, that tells you everything you need to know. Full box score, and highlights after the jump.
Another day, another loss for the Cubs who got swept in Houston Wednesday night. However the Cubs did hold the lead for a short period of time in the series finale against the Houston Astros. The Cubs got the scoring started in the first when Reed Johnson hit a homerun just inside the left field foul pole to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Samardzija and the Cubs would hold the lead until the bottom of the fourth when with two outs and runners on 1st and 3rd JD Martinez blooped a ball into right field. DeJesus came racing in while Barney went back and just when it looked like DeJesus made the catch, Barney knocked it out of his glove and both runs scored on a triple by Martinez.
As you guessed the Cubs offense couldn’t get anything else going and when they did they once again couldn’t come up with a big hit. The Astros added three runs in the eighth off of Rafael Dolis, who was brought in to get some work in. He was not sharp in 2/3 innings, but it is hard to stay sharp as a closer when your team loses nine games in a row. Brett Myers came in and the Cubs went down quietly in the ninth losing 5-1. The good news is the Cubs will not lose their 10th straight tomorrow as they have a day off, before starting a three game series in Pittsburgh starting Friday. Full box score and highlights after the jump.