A two run lead - TWICE
But the Cubs just can't hold on
Loss number thirteen
The game began with a David DeJesus lead-off home run, and the Cubs added another in the third to take a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning. But that's when the Reds tied the game, and it ultimately went to extra innings. So many extra innings that Blackhawks fans had to turn to the web to find out where to find something called "CSN-Plus 2" on their cable or satellite systems to watch the best sports team in Chicago - only to find out that they wouldn't have a high-def feed for almost half the game.
The Cubs took another two-run lead in the top of the 13th inning, thanks to a Luis Valbuena home run, with Wellington Castillo (who reached on an error) scoring in front of him. But four Reds hits in the top of the 13th led to three runs and another Cubs loss.
It was the fourth consecutive loss in which the Cubs out hit their opponents, but the hits don't seem to come at the right time. You can't win too many games going 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position and leaving 12 runners on base.
As some of you know, when I'm around my computer or phone during a Cubs game I try to send out a few tweets in haiku. It's always great when others respond in kind. So here's the haiku tweet of the night ...
@thecubsinhaiku Snatching a defeat / from the jaws of victory / our Chicago Cubs
— Michael Weiland (@mlweiland) April 23, 2013
From time to time I'll include here the best haiku tweets I receive from others, so be sure to follow @TheCubsInHaiku and contribute to the discussion in haiku by using the #Cubs hashtag and including "@TheCubsInHaiku" in your tweets so it's easier for me to find them.
It's the 13th loss of the season, but maybe that will be the Cubs' lucky number and things will turn around. One promising sign is that when they leave Cincinnati they'll play four games in Miami and then start a home stand with four games against the Padres.
Why is that promising? Because there are two National League teams with worse records than the Cubs. The Marlins and the Padres.
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