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Chicago Cubs Tuesday Headlines: Afternoon Edition


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I'm not even sure where to start on today's headlines. You may have heard that our record-setting 2010 Cubs have struck again. Over the weekend, it was 11 straight hits allowed (first time in MLB history), last night they aimed a little lower and just tied a Cubs record (26 hits allowed in a 9 inning game). At least the Brewers didn't bat around twice in an inning last night, right? Where did things go wrong, Randy Wells?

"It's pretty unexplainable," Wells said. "I kind of felt really good today. I was throwing the ball well. A couple balls found some holes, and I made a bad pitch to McGehee. He did what good hitters do with them. Even after that, I let the inning get away from me."

The Brewers weren't through. They sent eight men to the plate in each of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

"It's pretty tough," left fielder Alfonso Soriano said. "It's embarrassing the way we play the last couple days. - I'm very angry, but nothing to show. I just want to go home and try to forget today and try to come back with more energy and try to win the game tomorrow."

In the spirit of Adambuckled, we'll just say: "Keep on trying, Cubs! Everyone gets a sno cone after the game, no matter what!"

The Cubs welcomed Casey Coleman to the bigs last night. He's probably wishing he was still in Des Moines.

When pitcher Casey Coleman made his big-league debut in the sixth inning Monday night, it made the Colemans (grandfather and father both named Joe) the first three-generation family of pitchers in major-league history. Casey and his dad are the eighth set of fathers and sons to play for the Cubs.

''It's big,'' Casey said. ''A lot of people have asked me about it growing up, all the way through high school and college and now -- and being able to follow through with it and get up here is great.''

The game already was a blowout when Coleman took over in the sixth and pitched a rocky 2 1/3 innings.


Here, a "rocky 2 1/3 innings" means 8 hits, 6 earned runs, two walks and one hit batsman. To be fair, the other Cub pitchers gave up twice as many runs, so, by comparison, Casey did just fine. As for the interim manager, his stint didn't go very well, either.

The Cubs finished a tumultuous three-game stretch with bench coach Alan Trammell at the helm in place of manager Lou Piniella, who's expected back today following the funeral of his uncle.

Asked again about his appetite for managing this team when Piniella's done at the end of the year, Trammell said: ''We've got enough going on, and it's been a little bit of a struggle, to say the least. And I'm OK with that.

''I do have experience. I'm not uncomfortable in this seat. But as far as addressing that [long-term] part of that, we can talk about it another time.''

Which reads to me: "I want no part in managing this team. I had to suffer in Detroit, I'm not doing it here."


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plamorte said:

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we are now below the Astros in the standings. Truly awful

secdelahc said:

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As long as we don't fall below the Pirates, I'm not going to have a breakdown. Possibly.

AndCounting said:

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Hooray for the T-ball Cubs!

I'm glad Soriano expressed his anger in a healthy way. I think he took a very positive approach, and I'm guessing that Zambrano's expertise is now rubbing off on everyone. I think we're gonna need a bigger journal.

AndCounting said:

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I'm kind of impressed by the degree of our general apathy.

gravedigger said:

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Steve Stone for GM! Ryan Sandberg for Manager! Greg Maddux for Pitching Coach! Derp derp!

I don't know why I'm making fun of nobody in particular. There just isn't anything left to do right now.

secdelahc said:

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AndCounting- It's not like we haven't been here before. There have been too many seasons like this one in our lives. Maybe this is the year we finally learned to deal with it all. Or the Cubs have finally made us all suicidal.

Cubs Fan Report said:

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Exactly. This video is pretty spot in its depiction of our fan base, especially after last night's debacle: http://bit.ly/CFRRant.

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