The Cubs continued their Quest D’ futility, losing every single game on the road to the NL West, by losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3. Travis Wood was ineffective in his second to last start, and Jaye Chapman had a rare bad inning in the eighth. The eighth inning also saw the end of Darwin Barney’s errorless streak at 141 games. With a runner on second base, Justin Upton hit a ball up the middle. Barney fielded the ball and threw the ball wide while running. Rizzo decided not to come off the base and instead waved at the ball as it went by. The inning, and game was pretty much over from there. To the dissectibles.
THE PITCHER WITH NO NAME.
Travis Wood was not very good tonight. 5 IP, 5 hits, 5 earned runs, 5 GOLDEN RINGS!!!!!!! 3 bases on balls, 2 punch-outs and a loss in a pear tree. What was discouraging was how he gave up runs right after the Cubs tied it up. After Dave Sappelt tied the game up with a home run in the 5th, Wood comes out in the bottom of the inning and immediately walks the pitcher. Ugh! An Aaron hill double and a Justin Upton Blast into left field and any momentum from the previous at-bats were gone. Corpas and Russell pitched until Chapman had his rough 8th inning.
SAPPELT AND ORANGES.
So Dave Sappelt appears to be making some waves during his September call-up. He homered and raised his line to .268//.364//.492. Pretty nice. But let’s al read the “It’s just September’ sign on the wall. Still, he’s taking advantage of the situation given to him. Something we’d all love to see #7 and #5 do. Has he moved ahead of Jackson going into camp? I severely doubt it. But results should merit rewards. And Sappelt is providing results. Speaking of which…
Luis V K
Luis Valbuena stranded a small orphanage on the bases today, striking out with the bases loaded in the 1st, and striking out with the bases loaded in the 7th. The second K coming after he was spotted a 3-0 count. Again….Ugh! Does Vitters deserve another start? No. Not by a long shot. But if results should merit rewards, what does wasting 6 base runners merit?
So we’re down to the final 5 games. Yay! Justin Germano finishes his substitute teacher role when he takes the bump against Trevor Cahill tomorrow. It feels like the quest to avoid 100 losses has succumbed to the need to get on the bus and go home. But each pitcher has one last chance to at least dot the I to this awful year. It’s an I in a four-letter word that I won’t write here but hopefully they dot it well.