Despite starting at an actual real starting time, and despite a much better opponent, and despite the fact that it was 20 degrees colder, tonight’s 3-1 loss was very similar to yesterday’s 3-0 finale to the Pirates. One bad inning by the starting pitcher in which all the runs were scored, the Cubs inept ability to generate anything resembling offense, Darwin Barney being the sole offensive highlight, and the crowd in general wanting the game to be over as soon as possible, all the makings of your run of the mill Cubs death march game to 103 losses. Easy peazy, let’s make it Japaneezy.
YOU AND ME TILL THE WHEELS FALL OFF.
Part of me is surprised that Justin Germano’s stats look as scary as they do because I think he’s been somewhat OK. But he seems to be out of his element as a starter. Tonight’s game was a perfect example. Through the first five innings Germano had the Reds under control. Then the 6th inning rolls around and 3 straight walks. Thus his 5 IP, 3H, 3ER, 5W, 3K line looks a lot more mediocre than it really was. Germano doesn’t have the stuff to be a starter. So kudos to him for taking the ball every 5th day but if Germano comes back, he’s a bullpen guy. Corpas came on to make sure the three runs scored, and then he was followed by impressive innings from Cabrera and Chapman.
IF OPPORTUNITY DOESN’T KNOCK, BUILD A DOOR.
So, last time Jaye Chapman pitched, he managed to strand a runner on 3rd with 0 outs. It was really nice pitching. So when Germano loads the bases with no outs he brings in…Corpas? It’s why I always laugh when people scream that they want to see the kids so that they “can see what we have.” This was a perfect opportunity to see what we have and we have a journeyman reliever giving up a double to Ryan Hanigan. I guess it shows they’re not looking to “see” anything in September, which is a good thing. But Corpas came in and I knew I’d be leaving the park after the inning.
LONELY IS (AS LONELY DOES)
Kind of sad seeing Darwin barney have 4 of the Cubs 6 hits these past two games. Not in Barney’s case. Good for DB. He hits better we don’t have to kick the old “Does his defense justify his offense” debate which has gotten a lot of miles this year. But Homer Bailey should be hit harder than he was. Same with Correia last night. And this offensiveless offense was something I thought usually happened on the road.
So I suffered my first loss at Wrigley tonight, and I might have caught a cold too. Hopefully it’s not a cold like the Cubs bats. Tomorrow Chris Rusin takes the hill against Mike Leake, who is hittable and who the Cubs have hit before. But as the 100 losses becomes visible from the road, the Cubs appear to be more resigned to it than digging in their heels to prevent it. Till Tomorrow.