If tonight's game was a dog, you'd shave it's ass and make it walk backwards. or something like that. The Cubs out-kicked the Chicago Fire today, With three crucial errors leading to 4 unearned runs in a 5-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers got on the board first in the bottom of the second when Jonathan Lucroy golfed a pretty good Edwin Jackson pitch over the left field wall.The Cubs would answer in the fourth. Starlin Castro, who singled earlier, scored on a Alfonso Soriano single. And that would close the positivity portion of the Cubs wrap as the North Side nine looked more like the Cubs that play at Horner Park instead of the ones that play at Wrigley Field. A Soriano misplay would allow someone named Logan Schaefer to open the inning on second base. He would score when Blake Lalli (Get your adverbs here) would hit a slow roller to first base. Anthony Rizzo would rush the play and bobble the ball allowing Schaefer to score. Rizzo would get the out at first. Castro decided to show Rizzo what a REAL error is by kicking the next ball all over the infield allowing Martin Maldanado to score. The shoddy defense fed into the inept offense, which in turn refueled the shoddy defense and this vicious circle would roll all the way to the end of the game. Let's put this sucker on the slab and roll the recorder...
OVERLOOKING, WITH A HOLLOW EYE.
Edwin Jackson was definitely done in by a poor defense. Only one of the 5 runs Jackson allowed was earned. But let's throw two caveats here. 1) He didn't help himself by going Matt Garza in the 6th and airmailing a sure double play ball into the outfield. and 2) the errors really only covered up what could be considered an "ordinary" effort. Sure we'll take ordinary after Jackson's first two efforts. But Jackson has the type of stuff and has been enough of a veteran that he should be able pitch out of some of the jams his defense put him in. That was the Bottom of the order. Of course you couldn't ask for a better solution than Lalli hitting a slow roller to the first baseman for an out and holding the runner at third. Still, I have no problem expecting more from Edwin. A tweeter suggested a Rich Harden comparison and that kind of made sense. The stuff isn't getting the results it should. Hector Rondon had a shaky bet eventually effective 7th and Kameron Loe didn't do anything to cause any flashing lights in the 8th.
EYE FOR ORDER, A HAND FOR WHAT'S IN LINE
This game, heck this season so far, has to rub on Dale. The one noticeable thing from the Quade era ( or should I say the Quade error...) to last year was the improved defense. That's all gone. 15 errors leads the league. The team has taken a huge step back. Perhaps the weather has screwed with their practice time and they haven't put in the work they need to stay focused. Whatever. It's time for some remedies. A benching, an airing, a something. Your move Dale.
FOR THE RECORD, NO ONE TRIED
Meanwhile, the offense went back into stutter mode. Like asking your high school crush to the prom stuttering. I know Hiram Burgos comes with a little press from the Brewers camp and they have high hopes for him and blah, blah, blah. I will be the first to "doff the chapeau" to the opposing pitcher when it's warranted. But there was nothing special coming out of the hand of Hiram Burgos and they only got one run. And for Brandon Kinzler and Mike Gonzalez to strike out 6 in their 3 innings of work makes you reach for the hard stuff way too early.
Ick. Ick and double ick. This is one of those games that can test your faith. They look like something from 2011. Nobody is expecting miracles here. And I'm all for a long season if the right things are happening. But games like this make you feel like nothing is happening. And those that are going to yell about "the long big picture" and draft choices and trades can keep it. The best minor leagues in the world won't fix a faulty major league team. The minor leaguers need to develop, but they need to have a destination to get to. Not a shambles. Scot Feldman tries to turn the fortunes around tomorrow..... I just wrote that. I need a drink. Very very good chance there's not an Anarchist's Brunch tomorrow.