The first time I saw Eddie Izzard do stand up comedy he had a great bit about how archeologists would find a dinosaur leg over here, then another leg 100 feet over there, and then the tail would be found over there, JUST HOW IN THE WORLD DID THESE DINOSAURS DIE? Izzard would then imitate a dinosaur losing limb after limb until he finally disassembles all over the plains of Wyoming or something. It was utterly hilarious. Well the Cubs are kind of dying in the same fashion, and it's not nearly as funny. The Cubs lost again to the completely awful Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs went ahead on a 2 run home run by Wellington Castillo. But Jeff Samardzija would give the lead right back, allowing a home run to Carlos Gomez. It would stay tied until the ninth when the Brewers loaded the bases against Justin Grimm. Grimm, who is playing catch up in an attempt to be as awful as the average Cubs reliever, then gave up the winning run on a suicide squeeze. A suicide squeeze where the pitcher threw to first. Remember what I said about it not being funny? I take it back. Let's put this one on the slab and get this over with.
WE CAN'T JUST WAIT HERE FOR SHARKS TO RAIN DOWN ON US.
So Samardzija didn't have that bad an outing. It will be covered like one. There are two reasons for that. One, it's the third straight outing that's been marred by a tiring Samardzija allowing a late inning home run. And the second reason is that, like multiple Ed the night before, Samardzija got into a shouting match with third base coach David Bell, supposedly about defensive alignment. Pardon me while I smack my forehead with this 2x4.........35.......36......37.....38......39....40. I don't care for the arguments. I think they're irrelevant. Veterans venting about being on an awful team. What does concern me is that Samrdzija gave up a homer in the 6th inning of his last start and another 3 run homer in the 6th the start before that. So Samardzija leads off the 7th with a walk to Aramis Ramirez and.......Anyone. We're not seeing a pattern here? Anyway, Sveum sat on his hands but his hands weren't nearly as flat as the splitter Shark threw to Carlos Gomez, which got laced over the left field wall.
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The highlight tonight was the continued strong finish of Wellington Castillo. Wellington Castillo had both the offensive highlight- a two run home run, as well as the defensive highlight- throwing out Jean Segura trying to steal. Nice to see someone growing on this team.
TALKING LOUD. AINT SAYING NOTHING.
Usually when Theo Epstein talks, as he did before today's game, I am recharged. I am reminded that the rebuild is going great. But Theo's comments did nothing for me. He didn't say anything wrong or anything I strongly opposed. He really didn't say anything. Sveum didn't get a vote of confidence but said he did a remarkable job keeping this team together. This is a team that's had two straight player coach confrontations. He talked about evaluating and then he said not to expect any big free agency splashes this winter. Well not really. He said no multiple splashes so I suppose there could be one. He said there will have to be a multi-dimensional approach to things.... Take as many as you need. Please. He then talked about OBP being the keys to success. The Cubs stranded runners in the 8th and 9th tonight. Getting on wasn't the problem. As Def Leppard would say, Gimme action not words. That's why every summer has a winter I suppose.
So another loss to this team. Cubs are now 5-12 against the Brewers. When they eventually lose one to the Cardinals they will be double digit losses against every Central opponent. The one saving grace I thought was gonna happen was that Epstoyer would be so pissed and embarrassed about this post trade deadline prat fall that there would be some urgency to improve the roster. To have a team that will not only compliment the incoming Bryant's and Baez's, but not force them to be savior's their first and second years in the big leagues. Afterall, they talked long and proud about stocking the Cubs with enough pitching to survive the post trade deadline and they wouldn't lose as much because they'd be running a decent pitcher out there. But the Cubs are 14-29 since the trade deadline. Darker than a steer's tookus on moonless prairie night. Ahhh....maybe a win will clear up the dark clouds partying in my mind right now. Chris Rusin takes the bump against something called Tyler Thornberg. Sounds like a Country club kid. TYLER GET YOUR FOOT OFF THE BOAT! Here's hoping for the best. Onwards.