The Cubs went back to their losing ways in Los Angeles, dropping the opener of a 4-game series to Dodgers 7-2. A disastrous 4-run 6th off of Angel Guzman brought a slow end to the night. Guzman replaced Tom Gorzelanny who had allowed 2 earned runs on 5 hits over 5 innings of work. Guzman gave up back-to-back singles to Manny Ramirez and Casey Blake to start the inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved runners to 2nd and 3rd with only 1 out, Manager Lou Pinella decided to intentionally walk James Loney to pitch to Russell Martin with the bases loaded. Boy did that move backfire – Martin crushed a grand slam to deep center field and the game was basically over.
One pitching positive – demoted closer Kevin Gregg pitched a perfect 8th inning. Yeah!
The Cubs managed 8 hits off of 4 Dodgers pitchers – Kosuke Fukodome was the big start, going 3 for 3 with a solo home run, 2 singles and a walk. Derrek Lee had 2 hits in defeat, but his batting average is now all the way up to .295.
Not really sure what else to say about this Cubs team. It just gets uglier and uglier. Cubs get good pitching, the Cubs offense goes quiet and they lose 2-1. Cubs pitchers struggle and the offense either mails it in after a few innings or hits well, but not enough to win. The Cubs are creeping backwards towards the .500 mark again – 61-58 – and trail the Cards by 7 games in the NL Central race and the Rockies by 6 games in the NL Wild Card race. Technically they still have a pulse, but it is definitely getting harder and harder to feel and hear…