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Most Painful Year Ever — It’s Almost As If the Cubs Organization is Playing a Cruel Joke on Cubs Fans – Ricketts Family Must Clean House – Cubs 3, Pirates 1 6/29/10 & Cubs 0, Pirates 2 6/30/10

Posted on 30 June 2010 by Lou

Hah, hah, hah!!!  I cannot stop laughing.  I was planning on writing a positive article on how Alfonso Soriano has really surprised me this season with a solid 2010 effort.  But after today’s awful showing, I had to adapt my focus.

After dropping a 2-0 embarrassing loss to the Pirates today at Wrigley Field, the Cubs have now lost 9 of 11 games played against the NL’s worst team.  The Cubs payroll is over $140 million.  The Pirates payroll is just over $38 million.  What a joke?


Today’s 2-0 loss summed up the Cubs pathetic season once again.  Pirates starter Brad Lincoln (25 years old) threw 7 scoreless innings and he allowed only 6 Cubs to reach base – 4 hits, 1 walk and 1 HBP.  It was his 1st career major league win in 5 starts – he had let up 16 ER in his previous 4 starts with a 1.54 WHIP and 6.00 ERA.  You just have to love these stats.

I’m not really sure that the Cubs could meet a minor league team right now.  They are playing that bad and they are playing that tight.  The presumption that they are going to lose each and every game is clearly contagious and only a total cleansing of the organization is going to fix this giant mess created by Jim Hendry & Co.

Tom Gorzelanny threw 5 scoreless innings in his 1st start back since taking Carlos Zambrano’s spot in the rotation.  Brian Schlitter threw 2 scoreless innings to keep the game tied at 0.  But then Andrew Cashner suffered his 3rd straight loss in as many appearances because of an Aramis Ramirez error that set up a 1-out game-winning rally for the Pirates in the top of the 8th inning.  It is so comical.

Ted Lilly pitched another great game last night — 7 innings, 1 ER on 6 hits and 1 walk (now an ERA of 3.12 and WHIP of 1.06 but only a 3-6 record).  But if not for Alfonso Soriano’s 2 solo home runs, we might be talking about a Pirates sweep of the 3-game series at Wrigley this week.

This team has really hit rock bottom.  It’s time for Hendry to move several players – Carlos Silva, Derrek Lee, Ted Lilly and Carlos Zambrano.  It’s time to get some quality young stars into this organization.  And once that is all said and done, it’s time for the Ricketts to show Hendry the door before the season is over so that they can get a legitimate general manager to run the show…

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Pinella-O-Meter – How Long will the Skipper Last in 2010 — Cubs 1, Pirates 2 6/28/10

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Lou

It’s finally time for the Pinella-O-Meter – which will measure how much longer the “elderly” Lou Pinella can take with this awful Cubs team that he is trying to “manage”.  This is truly hysterical.  Just when you think it cannot get any worse, it does.  The Cubs continue to lose games in unimaginable ways.  After last night’s 2-1 loss to the Pirates – their 8th loss to the Pirates in 10 games in 2010 – the Cubs are now 7-18 in 1-run games.  How bad can a team play in close games? Clearly, this team freezes up like no other when they are involved in a close struggle.

The dramatic fall of the Cubs is clearly shown when you look at how they have fared against the Pirates in 2010.  Entering last night’s game, the Pirates had lost 17 straight games on the road – 17!!!  Coming to Wrigley Field for a series against the Cubs was just what the doctor ordered for the struggling Pirates.  They were 25-50 coming into the game, and they had won just 4 games in the entire month of June alone (1 of those was against the Cubs).  At one point during the month, the Pirates had lost 12 straight games and they were on a 6-game losing streak heading into last night’s game.  8 of their 26 wins have come against the Cubs in 2010 – that means they are just 18-48 in their other 66 games?!  One more great stat – the Pirates have been outscored by their opponents by 180 runs!!!  That’s right 180 runs.  They have scored only 247 runs (worst in the major leagues) while their opponents have scored 427 runs.  How bad is this Pirates ball club?  Very very bad — the Pirates have the worst record in the National League and and only the Baltimore Orioles have a worse record than the Pirates in all of baseball.    Losing this many games to the Pirates has gotta be killing Pinella.

No matter what Pinella does – lineup changes, bullpen changes, seances – nothing seems to work.

On top of the poor play, Pinella has to deal with all of the side stories that have infected this team the last 2 seasons.  Last year it was hot-head Milton Bradley and this year it is Carlos Zambrano. A 5-week stint in the bullpen didn’t seem to help Big Z at all, so once back in the rotation, still performed at a low level.  It all came to a head last Friday when Big Z blew his head off when he felt that Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez didn’t try hard enough to field ground balls that set up a big inning for the White Sox in the bottom of the 1st.  This all from the guy who has admitted that he has had trouble staying in shape and wasn’t always prepared for games.  Now Zambrano has been suspended indefinitely from the team, he is required to undergo anger management treatment, and assuming that he completes the treatment successfully, he will back in the Cubs locker room sometime after the All-Star Break and back in the bullpen.  Pinella must be wondering when he agreed to partake in a season of All My Children instead of manage a major league baseball team.

Pinella isn’t getting any younger and having to deal with the Cubs struggles on a daily basis has gotta be taking its toll on the big man.

Last night’s game was no different – The Cubs scored their only run of the game on a Pirates fielding error.  Ryan Theriot didn’t come through with a clutch hit with runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs in the 2nd inning.   The Cubs didn’t get 2 runners on base in the same inning again until the 7th inning.  After a one-out Starlin Castro double and Jeff Bajer shallow single, it was Theriot who failed to come through in the clutch again as he hit into an inning-ending doubel play.  And in the 9th inning, so-so closer Octavio Dotel opened the door for the Cubs by hitting Aramis Ramirez with a pitch to lead-off the inning.  But then Dotel whipped through the “heart” of the Cubs lineup by striking out the next 3 batters – Alfonso Soriano, Geovany Soto and Xavier Nady – to end the threat.  Good job guys.

Randy Wells did not have the best control – 1ER on 3 hits and 4 walks with 6 K’s in 6 innings – but he did enough to keep the Cubs in the game.  Then it was Andrew Cashner who suffered his 2nd loss in 3 games.  Cashner worked out of a self-imposed 2-on jam in the 8th inning, but struggled again when he gave up a single and a walk to start the 9th.  Pinella went with Carlos Marmol to quell the threat, but he served up the game-winning RBI double to Jose Taba, and just like that the Cubs would lose another close one to the lowly Pirates.

You have to think the Cubs & Ted Lilly will find a way to beat the Pirates tonight at Wrigley Field.  But something tells me it’s going to be another long night for the north siders.  Come on, Lou — try to hang on a little longer…

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Cubs Feared Nemesis – The Mighty Pittsburgh Pirates – Return to Wrigley Field for 3-Game Set – Cubs 8, White 6 Sunday 6/27/10

Posted on 28 June 2010 by Lou

Usually, the Cubs would love a series against the Pirates to get back on track.  But seeing as the Cubs have dropped 7 of 9 meetings to the Pirates in 2010, it is more of a dreaded visit than anything at Wrigley Field this week.  The Cubs have fallen to 33-42 overall this season, so the pressure is on to string some wins together to back into the NL Central race (they trail the Reds by 8.5 games) and the NL Wild Card race (they trail the Mets by 10 games).

The Pirates have been downright bad this year, except when they play the Cubs.  They are currently riding a 6-game losing streak, this after recently suffering through a 10-game skid in early June.  The Pirates have not won on the road since May 25th.  That doesn’t mean much though as the Cubs have really struggled hitting against the Pirates this season – scoring just 27 runs with a team batting average of .227 overall in the series.

Randy Wells looks to rebound after a series of bad outings.  He is suffering through a sophomore slump – 3-6 record; 5.21 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.  Not good.

The Cubs avoided the sweep against the White Sox this weekend by winning Sunday’s finale 8-6.  They are still reeling, however, from the whole Carlos Zambrano-Derrek Lee incident from Friday at US Cellular Field.  It’s not clear when Big Z will rejoin the team, but it’s clear that he has lost his starting spot in the rotation.  Can the Cubs build off the turmoil and rally together to put together a few wins before the All-Star Break?  I doubt it…

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Big Z Explosion Heard Round the World – Bye Bye Carlos – We Wish You Well! 6/25/10 6/26/10 6/27/10

Posted on 27 June 2010 by Lou

WOW – what a great way to kick of the weekend in the Cubs-Sox south side series.  Carlos Zambrano blowing a gasket, getting in Derrek Lee’s face.  D-Lee not backing down.  Manager Lou Pinella and coaches Larry Rothschild and Alan Trammell having to get in the middle of the near-brawl.  It was classic WWE Raw Madness – all right in your face in a baseball park on a beautiful Friday afternoon.  You couldn’t have asked for anything more.

As for the game, it was a typical Cubs loss – 6-0.  Bad pitching.  Even worse hitting – just 3 hits off of Jake Peavy and another number in the “L” column.  Yippee!  Let the sell-off begin…

The Cubs kept up their losing ways on Saturday – 3-2.  Carlos Silva pitched well — 2 ER on 3 hits and 1 walk.  But the Cubs bats didn’t get it done.  They only scored 2 runs off of Fast Freddy Garcia (a Derrek Lee single and an Aramis Ramirez opposite field home run that tied the game at 2 – did you even realize that those 2 guys were still in the Cubs lineup?!).  And Paul Konerko’s solo home run off of Andrew Cashner (who had been pitching so well) proved to be the game-winner in the 8th inning.

The Cubs managed to avoid the sweep with an 8-6 win on Sunday.  Ryan Dempster picked up the win – 3 ER on 9 hits and 1 walk in 7 innings.  Tyler Colvin batted lead-off for the 1st time in his major league career and he came through with 3 hits, 4 RBI’s and 2 runs scored, including a 3-run bomb that gave the Cubs the lead for good at 3-2 in the 3rd inning.  Derrek Lee also had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s.  Geovany Soto had 3 hits, 1 RBI and 1 run scored.  Alfonso Soriano clubbed his 11th homer of the season.  And Starlin Castro got back on track with 2 hits and 2 runs scored.

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Cubs Petition MLB to Forfeit Opening Games of Series for Rest of 2010 MLB Schedule?! — Cubs 3, Mariners 2, 13 INN – 6/24/10

Posted on 25 June 2010 by Lou

In an unprecedented move, the Cubs have petitioned MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to be able to forfeit all of their series openers for the rest of the 2010 MLB schedule.  The infallible Elias Sports Bureau (confirmed by our crack staff of researchers all things bizarre) has confirmed that no other major league baseball team in the modern baseball era has made such a petition before.

The reason behind the request is simple.  The Cubs have not won an opening game of a series since they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 back on May 25th.  Since then, the Cubs have lost the series opener of 8 straight series and it looks like they are doing their best to make that 9 in a row (they trail the White Sox 6-0 in the 7th inning of today’s Crosstown Classic on the south side).  During that stretch, the Cubs have gone just 9-14 and they have fallen out of contention in both the NL Central race (they trail the St. Louis Cardinals by 8 games) and the NL Wild Card race (they trail the New York Mets by 9 games).  GM Jim Hendry and Manager Lou Pinella figure that since the Cubs can’t win the opening game of any series anyway, they may as well forfeit the game to give their players some extra rest during the dog days of summer.  Then they can focus their attention on winning the final 2 games of 3-game series in an effort to actually win more games during the final 3 months of the season.  They’ll be able to watch more tape of opposing pitchers and hitters, and they’ll have more time to work with the coaching staff on hitting, pitching and fielding.  Pinella has also hinted that the Cubs will play a lot more simulated games on the “forfeit” days in an attempt to keep the players “fresh”.

I must say that this is an interesting move for the north siders.  All the tweaking of batting orders and bullpen moves hasn’t really paid off, so this may be the next best thing.  I really hope Selig gives the Cubs a fair shot at being able to forfeit these games.  It could go a long for this struggling Cubs squad – wouldn’t it be great if this is all it takes for the Cubs to get back on track.  It could set a new trend for teams all across the country.

Oh yeah – by the way – the Cubs hung tough against the Mariners in the series finale on Thursday afternoon in Seattle.  Ted Lilly (6 INN, 1 ER on 5 hits and no walks, with 6 K’s) got another tough luck no decision as the Cubs didn’t give him any support at all.  The Cubs managed just 6 hits against Felix Hernandez and 4 Mariners’ relievers.  Derrek Lee had 2 of the hits but is still just hitting .233 for the season.  Mike Fontenot didn’t have a hit but he drove in the Cubs first run with a sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning.  Chad Tracy drove in the Cubs 2nd run with an RBI single in the 7th inning that gave the Cubs a short-lived 2-1 lead.  Marlon Byrd drove in the game-winning run in the top of the 13th inning with his only hit of the game.

On a “down” note, Andrew Cashner gave up his 1st run in 8 major league starts, blowing the 2-1 lead in the process. It was also his 1st major league blown save.

As for today’s game, we’ll have more on this later, but Carlos Zambrano served up 4 easy runs for the White Sox in the 1st inning (RBI double by Alex Rios and 3-run HR by Carlos Quentin) and then promptly started yelling at Derrek Lee in the dugout after the end of the inning.  It’s not exactly clear what Big Z was pissed off about, but he clearly still has a lot of anger issues to deal with.  Add Big Z’s name to the list of Cubs that will be traded before the July 31 trading deadline.  The only problem with moving Zambrano is working out how much of the $18+ million owed to him over each of the next 2 years the Cubs will have to eat in order to get some team to take him.  Good job Jim!!!

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Tyler Colvin Lone Bright Spot in Cubs 8-1 Loss to Mariners; Will Pinella Make it Through Rough 2010 – 6/23/10

Posted on 24 June 2010 by Lou

WOW – make this stop.  How much more can we take?  Another day, another loss.  They get uglier and uglier as the season progresses as evident in the 8-1 loss last night in Seattle.

Tyler Colvin & Marlon Byrd continue to be the only 2 Cubs players that produce on a regular basis.  Colvin stroked his 9th homer of the season in just 121 at-bats.  He has a .298 batting average and Lou is finally giving him the playing time he deserves.  Byrd had another 2-hit night in Seattle and Alfonso Soriano even got into the mix for a 2nd straight night with 2 hits.  But the Cubs managed just 1 run off of Cliff Lee.

Randy Wells continued his sophomore slump – 6 ER on 10 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings – even the light-hitting Mariners had no trouble making solid contact against Wells.  Wells ERA ballooned to 5.21 and his WHIP is hefty as well – 1.50.  Not good.

The Cubs are no 9 games out of 1st place in the NL Central and they are a whopping 10 games behind the New York Mets in the NL Wild Card race.  The season is officially over and now it’s only a question of whether Lou Pinella will actually survive the rest of the season?!?!

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Marlon Byrd Seeks to Void Contract with Cubs — Didn’t Realize he Had Signed Deal with Minor League Club — Cubs 0, Mariners 2 6/22/10

Posted on 23 June 2010 by Lou

Marlon Byrd is seeking help from the MLB players union to void his contract with the Chicago Cubs.  It looks like the Cubs fooled Byrd into thinking that he would be part of a major league level team during the 2010 MLB schedule when GM Jim Hendry signed him to a 3-year, $15 million this past January.  But as it turns out, the team the Cubs fielded for 2010 was simply a shell of a major league team and their results on the field thus far are proving Byrd’s allegations to a tee.

The Cubs are 8 games under .500 at 31-39.  They are a miserable 10-16 in 1-run games and they have lost 8 more contests in games decided by 2 runs.  They are a pathetic 18-18 at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field and 8 games under .500 on the road.  Against the weak NL Central where only the Cards and Reds have winning records, the Cubs are an embarrassing 13-20.  Ouch – you can’t get much worse than that.

Byrd’s production in 2010 far exceeds several Cubs “stars” who are getting paid anywhere from $10 to $16 MILLION DOLLARS MORE than Byrd is earning in 2010.  Check out these shocking numbers:

Byrd – $3,000,000 ($12,000,000 owed over next 2 years) – leads team with .323 batting average.  Byrd has the 3rd highest on-base percentage (.366), the 2nd most home runs (9), the 2nd most RBI’s (34); the most runs scored (40); and the most doubles (25).  Byrd also has just 1 error in 178 fielding chances, good for a .994 fielding percentage.  Kosuke Fukudome and Koyie Hill are the only position player regulars who have not committed an error during the 2010 MLB schedule.  Xavier Nady and Chad Tracy have also committed just 1 error, but they have combined for only 72 fielding chances compared to Byrd’s 178.  Oh, and by the way, Byrd hustles on every single play and is considered a consummate teammate and leader in the clubhouse.

Now to the other Cubs “stars”:

Alfonso Soriano — $19,000,000 — – surprisingly, the most productive of the group who has stats just below Byrd’s – .279 batting average; .349 on-base percentage; 10 home runs: 36 runs scored; 35 RBI’s; 20 doubles; and 4 errors.

Aramis Ramirez — $16,750,000 — .168 batting average; .232 on-base percentage; 5 home runs: 17 runs scored; 22 RBI’s; 6 doubles; and 6 errors.

Kosuke Fukudome — $14,000,000 —  .281 batting average; .370 on-base percentage; 6 home runs: 24 runs scored; 24 RBI’s; 8 doubles; and 4 errors.0

Derrek Lee — $13,000,000 — .230 batting average; .336 on-base percentage; 10 home runs: 34 runs scored; 33 RBI’s; 10 doubles; and 4 errors.

When you consider that Carlos Zambrano is making just under $19,000,000 this season (and is owed another $37,875,000 over the next 2 years), it is shocking to think how poorly Hendry has concocted this team for the future.  Zambrano has gone just 3-5 with a hefty 5.10 ERA and 1.65 WHIP and has even worked out of the bullpen because of his inconsistency as a starter.

Given these facts, it is clear that Marlon Byrd is right.  The 2010 Cubs really don’t deserve to be considered a major league level team and he should be able to void his contract and join a team that actually has a shot to compete to win a baseball game night in and night out.

Now sure, I am clearly joking when I talk about Byrd’s plight in a Cubs uniform. But after watching another painful close loss last night (2-0 to the Mariners), it is clear to me that it is time for the Cubs to blow this group up and start over under “Year 2” with the Ricketts Family taking more firm control.  The Cubs need a new manager, a new GM and then maybe, just maybe, they can get back to prominence in the National League in the near future once a few of Hendry’s bad contracts are finally off the books.

Oh yeah – the game – Byrd had 2 of the Cubs 6 hits.  The Cubs had only 4 hits during the game’s 1st 8 innings.  Soriano had 3 hits.  Ryan Dempster tossed another great game, but as it has happened so often, he has made 1 or 2 bad pitches and those bad pitched have come back to haunt him.  Despite giving up only 5 hits in 8 innings, 2 of those came in the 2nd inning and one of those happened to be a home run that plated 2 runs.  That would be the only scoring of the game.  Dempster is now 5-6 with a 1.16 WHIP and a 3.56 ERA – talk about a hard-luck loser in 2010.

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Should Ryan Dempster Plunk Milton Bradley Tonight in Cubs-Mariners Game – 6/22/2010?

Posted on 22 June 2010 by Lou

Ah – the $10 million dollar question – should Ryan Dempster plunk Milton Bradley tonight in his 1st at-bat given everything t hat has transpired since the Cubs acquired Bradley in free agency during the 2009 off-season?  GM Jim Hendry made one of the worst moves of his career when he signed the troubled Bradley to a 3-year contract worth $30 million before the start of the 2009 MLB schedule.  Bradley was coming off of a career-year with the Texas Rangers(.321 batting average; .436 on-base percentage; 22 HR’s; 77 RBI’s), so the stats looked enticing.  But given the fact that he was 31 years old and given his past “issues”, it would only be a matter of time before Bradley started causing problems in the Cubs locker room and before his on-field production would start to decline because of his age.

Bradley had a horrendous season for the Cubs — .257 batting average; .378 on-base percentage; 12 HR’s; 44 RBI’s.  Some part-time players (Jake Fox) had better offensive numbers than Bradley did.  What made it worse, however, was the toll his presence took on Bradley’s teammates.  The Cubs haven’t had a player who teammates didn’t like this much since Sammy Sosa spent his days blasting his music in the Cubs locker room before each and every game.  Bradley didn’t seem to try very hard.  He never took any responsibility for his poor play.  He blamed the city for being racist and he blamed the fans for saying obscene things to him from the right field bleachers.  He never endeared himself to the city and he finally forced Cubs management to suspend him during September 2009 after he made comments that were detrimental to the team.  Later that off-season, the Cubs moved Bradley in exchange for Carlos Silva who himself had underperformed in Seattle and was under an expensive contract that no team wanted.

But back to my initial question.  While I would love for the Cubs to take it to Bradley (with a pitch right at his chest or back), it doesn’t seem to me that that would even really do anything.  If anything, it would actually help to give some life to the “lies” that Bradley has stated about the Cubs organization and the city of Chicago in general.  Bradley – at this point in another rough season for the Cubs – is an after-thought.  The Cubs have more important things to consider than what Bradley is doing during his stint with his 9th team in 11 years.  It would be better for Dempster to go out and strike Bradley out 3 or 4 times, than give him the ability to charge the mound after getting plunked by a Dempster heater.  I’d love to see Bradley swing for the fences, and then shrug his shoulders or break his bat over his thigh after he pulled off the golden sombrero of striking out for the 3rd or 4th time in the game.

Now Waddle and Silvy discussed this to the point of overkill on ESPN Radio 1000 this morning.  “Meathead” Silvy wants Dempster to plunk Bradley.  Waddle, on the other hand, was firmly against it.  So it looks like Waddle is 100% in my corner.  The Cubs need to focus on putting together a winning streak against a bad Mariners team before they return home to take on the White Sox in round 2 of the crosstown classic over the weekend on the south side.  The Cubs need to use the “Bradley factor” as a motivating force for bringing the team together in order to get back into the NL Central race – a race that is far from over as the Cards and Reds continue to plod through the dog days of summer.  Maybe this will be the 2007 Carlos Zambrano-Michael Barrett moment for this 2010 squad that will bring a team together as they make an improbable run to an NL Central title.  After Big Z popped Barrett a few times in the locker room during a game that sent the catcher to the ER (and eventually out of town in a trade a few weeks later), the Cubs bonded and played amazing team baseball for the duration of the season.  Keeping Bradley in check and getting Aramis Ramirez back on Wednesday night could be just what the cubs ordered in order to get them back on track in 2010.  Guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it all plays out…

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Big Z Helps Cubs Avoid Sweep by Angels — Cubs Win 12-1

Posted on 21 June 2010 by Lou

The Cubs somehow rallied to salvage the weekend series with the Angels, winning 12-1 behind a strong effort from Carlos Zambrano at Wrigley Field on Sunday.  Big Z allowed just 1 run in 7 innings pitched to pick up his 3rd win of the season.  Zambrano scattered 8 hits and 1 walk while striking out 7.  Andrew Cashner and Carlos Marmol pitched scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th to preserve the win.

The Cubs racked out a season-high 18 hits after getting just 2 the day before in a 12-0 shutout.  Ryan Theriot led the way with 3 hits and 3 runs scored.  Derrek Lee added 2 hits and 4 RBI’s.  Alfonso Soriano, Marlon Byrd, Jeff Baker, Xavier Nady and Zambrano also added 3 hits a piece.  The Cubs only hit 1 home run by Geovany Soto and they capitalized on several Angels’ errors as 3 of the 8 runs scored against starter Joe Saunders were unearned.

Now the Cubs travel to Seattle to take on Milton Bradley and the Mariners from Tuesday through Thursday.  Then it’s back to Chicago to close out inter-league play with a 3-game set against the White Sox on the south side over the weekend…

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Saturday Massacre @ Wrigley Field — Weaver Angels Destroy Lilly, Cubs 12-0

Posted on 20 June 2010 by Lou

What a joke – things keep getting worse and worse on the north side.  The Cubs fell to the Angels 12-0 on Saturday afternoon.  It looked like none of the Cubs players even cared anymore.  This is really really frustrating.

Lilly – after tossing 8-no-hit scoreless innings last Sunday against the White Sox – could do no right against the Angels.  He ended up giving up 8 runs (6 earned) on 9 hits and 3 walks over 5 1/3 innings.

Meanwhile, Jered Weaver shut down the Cubs with ease.  He racked up 11 K’s in 7 innings and allowed just 2 hits.  Marlon Byrd and Mike Fontenot were the only 2 Cubs hitters to reach base during the laugher.

Carlos Zambrano looks to help the Cubs avoid the sweep today on Father’s Day – don’t hold your breathe Cubs fans…

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