With two strikes on him and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Alfonso Soriano hit a booming 430-foot homerun to centerfield. Sadly it would only pull the Cubs to within six runs. Even sadder, it was the only good thing that happened in a lopsided 8-2 demolishing at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks jumped on starter Justin Germano early, a familiar theme during this road trip (month… season….), and never looked back. And the battered, inexperienced Cubs folded up shop early. Let’s go down to the bottom…
KILLS GERMANO FAST.
So Justin Germano’s punching bag fill in routine comes to a close, maybe with his worst start. 10 hits leading to 7 earned runs in 4 and one-third innings. Ouch babe. Exit stage left. The good news is he got paid while he was here and he’ll probably move on to another team or a minor league system somewhere else. He is a “good soldier” with a nice curve so I wouldn’t be shocked if he finds a role in a bullpen for a year or two. But it most likely won’t be here. Castillo-Beliveau-Dolis were the mop up trio and they pitched well…. For the fifth to last game of the season when you’re 40 games out.
IS THIS IDIOT #1? PUT IDIOT #2 ON THE LINE.
The Cubs were as toothless at the plate as they’ve ever been tonight. Which is saying something when you consider all the awful series- San Diego, Milwaukee, Washington, etc. etc. And while there were bits and flashes of improvement, do you see any growth as a hitting team from the day Rudy Jaramillo was let go to today? I, for one, do not. Now maybe James Rowson’s job was to hold fort. But I suspect Dave Magadan or someone Dave Magadan-ish is going to be an early hire in the off-season.
Luis Valbuena continues to impress Cubs management with his slightly less than mediocre play. I don’t mean to pick on Luis V, he is what he is. But after stranding the bases loaded twice last night, what was the thinking behind not only moving him to second base, but moving him up in the order as well? I guess hitting second lessened the chances of him getting at bat with the bases loaded. But it wouldn’t have killed anyone to give Cardenas the start. It certainly couldn’t have been worse.
Last road game of the year tomorrow. I smiled writing that last line. Chris Rusin makes his final start of the year against Josh Collmenter. I don’t see anyway they don’t perfect this O’fer the west coast. The tries are bald, the engine is overheated and the radio only gets in Christian rock as the Cubs team struggles to get the last couple of miles. Usually this is when the Cubs pull a win out for no particular reason. But I’m feeling pretty strong about this one. Here’s hoping I’m wrong.
One last Saturday night.