Last night, Cub fans stuffed themselves on a giant bowl of Schadenfreude, watching Albert Pujols and the Angels rub Ryan Dempster’s ass in the moonshine to the tune of 7 runs in 4 innings. Well, life has a way of evening out the score. The Cubs don’t seem to have a way of evening out the score these days. They did manage to tie the game at 1 with a Luis Valbuena double. But a ho-hum Shark gave up the lead and the car kind of rolled downhill from there. Let’s come in from the cold, come down from the wire and breakdown. This won’t take long.
CAGE GOES IN THE WATER, YOU GO IN THE WATER. SHARK'S IN THE WATER.
Jeff Samardzija did not pitch all that terribly. Despite what the score line may say: 5 runs, all earned in 5 1/3rd innings, striking out 3, walking none. Sammy was around the plate all night. If anything, he may have been too much around the plate. He didn’t get anyone to chase, didn’t get anyone off balance. When Shark’s rolling, he’s doubling up on his pitches, working backwards, making hitters look foolish. In the 5th, all the hits were on fastballs. In the 6th, all the hits were on breaking pitches. Samardzija will probably beat himself up when he looks at the tape of this game. But he can learn from it. Here’s hoping he does.
FLOW IT, SHOW IT, LONG AS GOD CAN GROW IT, LAHAIR
Brian Lahair continues his tailspin. He was 1 for 3 tonight with the one compliments of a very, very questionable call. To Lahair’s credit, he has played some solid right field. But you’d have to think a couple of days off, even one of those “wink wink” trips to the disabled list. It’s not about Lahair’s long-term future with the Cubs. He’s pressing. And Dale should help him get right.
OF MILLION DOLLAR ARMS AND 10 CENT HEADS.
Need SOMETHING to feel good about. I guess this is something: the kiddie relievers. Scott Maine came in and did his trying to impress a girl at Coney Island routine, striking out the only batter he faced. Alberto Cabrera came in and just clowned Luis Cruz with 3 sliders. And Jeff Beliveau threw a scoreless 8th. I’m not saying we have a future pen forming before our eyes. But it does appear that they may actually be teaching and developing down in Iowa. And that bodes well for whenever we need bullpen arms.
So, yeah, the Cubs are now 4-11 after a day off. Is that significant of anything? I doubt it. Tomorrow Chris Volstad continues his chase of Anthony Young’s winless record. And he’s going against Clayton Kershaw, so tomorrow’s not looking much better. HBO was showing Inception while this game was on. If only Leo and the boys could of broke into our heads and erased the memories of this one. Yeesh.