Bullpen Blows Another Game, Cubs Lose 5-4 to Reds

Posted on 11 April 2010 by Lou

Wow – this team just doesn’t know how to win.  Talk about trends.  I feel like this is 2009 all over again…

The Cubs lost to the Reds 5-4 on Friday night as the team wasted another solid outing from a starting pitcher.  This time it was Carlos Silva who tossed 6 innings of 1-run ball, giving up just 3 hits and no walks.  He had 3 K’s and he left the game with the Cubs leading 3-1.

That all evaporated as Esmailin Caridad imploded in the 8th inning.  After having a stellar end to 2009 and an incredible spring, Caridad looked like a deer in headlights on Friday night with the game on the line.  He walked the 1st 2 batters and then the Cubs couldn’t record an out on a great sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Chris Dickerson.  With the bases loaded and nobody out, Caridad promptly served up a game-winning grand slam to Drew Stubbs.  5-3 Reds lead — game over…

Sure Derrek Lee hit a solo HR off of Reds’ closer Francisco Cordero in the top of the 9th inning to cut the lead to 1, but you knew this team wouldn’t finish off the rally.

Now I know it seems like I am blaming this all on Caridad, but the Cubs offense is also to blame.  Despite cracking out 11 hits (4 by Mike Fontenot who seems to have found his stroke), the Cubs scored just 3 runs.  In each of the 1st 3 innings, the Cubs left 2 runners on base.  The 6th inning was the only inning that the Cubs were retired in order.  The Cubs had their chances, yet they failed to come through with a clutch hit that would have broken the game wide open.  This is also a trend.

Poor bullpen work + poor clutch hitting = many, many losses.  With a team already playing tight because of the awful 2009 season and the high expectations, this is not the way Manager Lou Pinella wanted his team to start the season.  Time is of the essence guys – let’s get it going soon, or it’s going to be too late very soon.  I can’t wait to hear the “boo birds” at Wrigley Field at the home opener on Monday if this club starts the season losing 5 of its 1st 6 games…

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