If life was fair to the actual 5000 people of the announced 25,000 paid crowd that actually showed up today, the fog that was around Chicago would have localized in Wrigley field and prevented the paying customers from having to watch today's game. But Life isn't fair, and what the poor brave souls were treated to was a game that was 30 percent Jeckyll and 70 percent Hyde as the Cubs lost to the defending world champs 7-6. The Cubs got off to a wonderful start. After scoring their first run on a San Francisco error the Cubs would lengthen their lead in the third when Anthony Rizzo would line a shot into left center with Castro on 2nd base. 3-0 Cubs.Nate Schierholtz would then single, steal second base, go to third on a hot shot by Beef that Giants SS Brandon Crawford couldn't handle and stay there as Luis Valbuena walked. And Brent Lillibridge, BRENT LILLIBRIDGE, in what may be his first and final hit for the Cubs, singled to right and scored both Schierholtz and Castillo. 5-0 Cubs. That's when the Cubs Drew a big ol "X" on their scrotum, got out a Croquet Mallet and started swinging...hunter Pence and Nick "Nack" Noonan would get on base with singles. Ryan Voglesong hits the most ordinary grounder to Starlin Castro who let the ball go through his legs. Pence scores. 5-1 Cubs. Angel Pagan hits a ball to Brent Lillibridge, Brent Lillibridge then holds out for a contract extension or poses for a sketch artist or something because he refuses to throw home, refuses to throw to first, refuses to do anything other than stand there with the ball. 5-2 Cubs. A HBP loads the bases up and Kung Fu Panda Does what Kung Fu Panda does- a Double scores 2. 5-4 Cubs and the fans are praying for that fog to come rolling in. In the fifth, Brandon Belt would single off of Rizzo's glove, and Gregor Blanco would walk- Exit Feldman, in comes Hisanori Takahashi. No better, Nick Nack Noonan singles, the ever maddening WALK TO THE PITCHER WITH THE BASES LOADED would tie the game, a sacrifice fly Pagan, and another single would make it 7-5 Giants. The Cubs would make it 7-6 and have the tying run in scoring position but wonder kids Castro and Rizzo would each strike out in different but equally maddening frustration- Castro corkscrewing himslef into the ground seining, Rizzo attracting pigeons to land on him in statue like fashion looking. Let's sleep now in the fire.
Feldman was a victim of his teams poor defense, and may have deserved better. But it's not like he was cruising and done in by his defense. He was "Meh" all day and then done in by his defense. 7 hits and 3 walks in 4 1/3rd innings is not good. Neither were the 93 pitches. I'm usually the first person to give a pitcher till May, if not Memorial Day, to show what kind of pitcher he is. But Feldman needs to show he can pitch beyond 5 innings soon. Takahashi didn't have it in the 5th ( Did he warm up in time?) But settled down in the 6th. Bowden, Camp, and Russell were fine the rest of the way.
THE DEFENSE RESTS....THEN FALLS ASLEEP, WITH MARKER DRAWINGS ON ITS FACE, AND IT DOESN'T KNOW WHERE IT IS....
By far the worst defensive game in the Dale Sveum era. Castro has moments like that, doesn't excuse it any, but at least you understand it. I have no idea what Lillibridge was doing. Yes Feldman was late breaking to first, but he still had a step ahead of Pagan. And simply closing your eyes and wishing really hard that someone will be called out has never ever really worked. Plus, Randy Mckay had the outfield positioned really deep.Too deep if you ask me. Would Soriano have gotten a better throw if he didn't have to run an extra 15 -20 feet and get positioned? I don't know. But I saw a lot of outfield running that didn't need to be if they played a little more shallow. The Giants aren't Slugger's alley.
HERE'S WHERE THE STORY ENDS.
That had to be the most frustrating way for the Cubs to end the game, with both building blocks failing to deliver the game tying hit. Castro went up to the plate like he was double parked. Sergio Romo has a nasty slider but still. Hack, hack, hack. Video tape session tomorrow I'm guessing. And Rizzo just froze. 3 K's today. H'es hitting the big fly but the strikeout rate is too high.
Maddening game. You hate to see the Cubs give one away. You especially hate when they give three games away in one game. That's what happened here. Full marks to the Giants for making the Cubs pay for their mistakes. But that's a 2 foot putt the way the Cubs played. It sure don't get any easier tomorrow as matt Cain takes the bump against Carlos Villanueva. Can we at least get better weather? Till tomorrow.