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What if we give it away. Brewers 5 Cubs 1

What if we give it away. Brewers 5 Cubs 1

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.

 

Boxscore.

 

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  • Glad I didn't get to watch this one. Sounds utterly discouraging to our main man Felzzzzzzzzzz. And if you heard a sentence that included the names Anthony Rizzo and Blake Lalli and had to wager on which one would come out the victor of the encounter you'd have to wager on Rizzo 100% of the time, no? I mean... Blake Lalli. What's next? Is Koyie Hill going to play against us and go 4 for 5 with 2 grand slams and a bases clearing triple? Snake bit and, from the sounds of it, pressing mightily.

  • This is a classic example of a young, immature team that beats itself on occasion- nothing more. And until the roster merry-go-round the Cubs have been on the past several years comes to an end look for more of the same. The penchant for using platoons is another issue... come up with a set line-up and eventually those guys will produce. I thought this team was good for 77 wins this year and it's beginning to look like 57 wins at this point. We suck.

  • I know this is off subject but who did the Cubs get for Ryan Dempster again? and where are they now? Thanks!

  • The main peice is Christian Villanueva. He's a third baseman with some upside who is currently at AA Tennessee. Good fielder, great intangibles. Not a lot from the hitting side....

  • In reply to felzz:

    thanks Felzz! still can't believe how the whole Ryan Dempters trade w the Braves fell through, then our best trade option Garza gets injured, SMH, almost wish we kept Maholm at this point... he is looking great...

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    In reply to felzz:

    Dude's been the definition of erratic this season. Been hovering just over .200 all season, but 6 of his 12 hits have gone for extra bases. Standard disclaimers (it's early, AA is a huge jump,etc.) apply.

  • Logan Watkins just tweeted that Hak Ju Lee had a season ending injury tonight... Does anyone know what happened to him?

  • In reply to Ibleedcubbieblue:

    Nevermind. Looks like he tore up a knee.

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    In reply to Ibleedcubbieblue:

    What a pity. He looked like he was finally putting it together. Man that sucks for him.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I remember I was so dissapointed when the Cubs traded Hak Ju Lee and Chris Archer to the Rays for Garza, I envisioned Hak Ju Lee and Castro being our future infield... after wishing and hoping for Prior, Corey Patterson, Felix Pie, etc to be our Savior I have to admit thank goodness Castro panned out this much or I would give up entirely on a farmsystem for the Cubs, is Felix Pie out of baseball???

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    In reply to Nik0522:

    Funny you should ask about him. He's playing on the Pirates AAA team but is likely looking at a lengthy suspension for trying to climb into the stands and go after a fan, a la Ron Artest, a few days ago.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    OMG noway! lol wow! i'll have to google that lol, I remember thinking he was the next Soriano in his prime, I believe Soriano nicknamed him Superbaby

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Doesn't look like he actually made it in the stands. Apparently fans were throwing beer and peanuts at the players. Jerry Sands has been suspended 1 game for the incident. Doesn't look like Pie will get suspended.

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    I was freezing my ass off at a terrible played AAA game tonight. (Terribly played as in: "Hey, we're down by seven runs. You know what would be fun? Getting cute and nibbling at the corners for -- literally -- a half hour half inning!")

    I think it was still more enjoyable than this Cubs game would have been.

  • Watched the whole thing.
    Yes, there was beer present.

  • also great article! made me laugh a few times even though it hurt to laugh :( what we need is a Franchise saver like Mike Trout, Strasburg, Harper, Price, unfortunatley of course there is no one like this in this draft... I'm getting really discouraged...

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    In reply to Nik0522:

    You shouldn't be discouraged because there's no one-in-a-generation type talent available. I'm sure there are 30 other teams that wish they had those guys. If that's what gets you down prepare to stay down lol

    And yea Felzz has a way of making losses slightly more bearable. Just wait for the St. Louis series. You'll get a good laugh.

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    In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    To expand on this a bit: once in a lifetime Stephen Strasburg was just beaten by plain old everyday ace Matt Harvey and the Giants have won 2 of 3 World Series with a bunch of good to great players, but nary a Mike Trout among them.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Good Point Moody about that Giants team, unreal!

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    yeah but the Nationals were able to get Bryce Harper and Strasburg back to back yrs I believe lol, not fair!!! and then the Angels get Trout SMH... Cubs get guys like Mark Prior(2nd) pick and Josh VItters(3rd) pick... yeah, I think I will be down for awhile... Maybe we do need to try to buy a World Series again like Hendry and Tribune did that season, we were 1 out away from going to the World Series...

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    In reply to Nik0522:

    This really isn't about Harper and Strasburg. This team is a lot better than they're playing. Most teams would kill to have Starlin Castro at short. Castillo and Schierholtz are playing well. The issue is that the team is playing sloppily. That would hurt us even if we had Harper and Strasburg in the lineup -- they are, after all, only 2 guys out of 25.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I actually really like our 1 through 9, Dejusus is a tough out, great hitter in Castro, Power of Rizzo, even Soriano is looking pretty locked in, Schierholtz a very pleasant addition, Castillo looking like a real deal player with a CANNON arm, Luis V is another very underrated player imo, and then Barney is another tough out who is just a straight up Baller... I agree, every game this year has been competitive and close, you're right, I do have full confidence in Theo and Ricketts! lego!

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    Whoa. The Cubbie frustration boils over tonight. Check twitter for some barbs back and forth between David Kaplan and Bruce Miles. When two of the best reporters on the beat are going after one another, you know things have hit rock bottom.

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    Trout was taken 25th in '09. So he wasn't a stand-out #1 type of guy at the time... 24 other teams could've had him, well, 23 (Nats would maybe still take Strasburg), but not the Cubs, who were good in '08.

  • Best wishes and hoping for a successful recovery for Hak-Ju Lee.

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