So a day after breaking out the bats against Jordan Zimmerman, The Cubs went into super DUH mode against a very ordinary against Uber-hittable Dan Haren. The Cubs could only muster 2 runs, both on solo homers and one of those in the 9th. And it simply wasn't enough as the Cubs lost 4-2. Chris Rusin battled. But he and the bullpen made enough mistakes that this game was really never in doubt. And that includes when Brian Bogusevic tied the game at 1 with his homer in the 4th. Let's get sushi and not pay....
The best thing you can say about Chris Rusin battled. His line shows that. 5.2 innings 10H 2ER 2BB 2K. How do you "scatter" 10 hits? Somehow Rusin did. Some double plays helped. But Rusin induced several popups by jamming National hitters. Another encouraging sign was that Dale Sveum, with a fully rested bullpen, didn't yank Rusin at the first opportunity. Sveum gave Rusin the ball for the 6th and gave him several hitters to work out of it. Blake Parker bailed Rusin out to keep the game 2-1 and pitched a scoreless 7th. Pedro Strop got through the 8th. But Russell and Gregg were stink foot in the 9th.
THE KIDS AREN'T ALRIGHT
It's painful watching Rizzo and Castro struggle. 0-8 between the two tonight. Castro is 3 for his last 36. Rizzo is 4 for his last 38 .They're both in terrible slumps Rizzo is just getting jammed, jammed jammed and he's over protecting and it's in his head and it's getting worse. Castro got moved to the 8 hole and if it was suppose to serve as a wake up call it failed. These two were suppose to take that next step. That step went backwards. it would seem to me that someone on the Cubs should care. The manager, the elite brain trust that committed over 100 million and the immediate future of the team to them... Someone.
WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THAT BOOK?
Wasn't there suppose to be a "Cubbie way" book that was going to be an organizational philosophy and was going to state, no, mandate, how Cub players were to play the game. The Cubs have scored 25 runs in their last 10 home games. And that includes two games of 9 each. If they don't hit home runs, they don't score. I guess what I'm trying to say is it's an awfully thin book these days.
Well that's that. One up, one down. Jake Arrieta goes for the Cubs against a really hittable Ross Ohlendorf. But this offense is hitting on a cylinder to a cylinder and a half. I still see a way the Cubs end this season strong. But the two "core players" have to hit and right now they are out where the busses don't run. Ahh, but tomorrow is a new day. Onwards.