It was just another frustrating loss for the Cubs – a loss that dropped the squad 15 games below .500 at 46-61. The Cubs have not had that poor a record since the team finished 30-games under .500 in 2006 with a 66-96 record. Could they fall that low before the end of the 2010 MLB campaign? It wouldn’t surprise me in the least.
Manager Lou Pinella was back managing his “major league team” after spending 3 days in Florida to attend to a family funeral, and he was not pleased with his team’s continued lack of clutch hitting — “Again, we get people on and we just don’t get them in. That’s been a recurring theme… It’s good to play hard and be competitive, but moral victories … I think that’s OK for the Little League coach. You’ve got to work your way out of this. These other teams, they’re not going to feel sorry for you. They see a team that’s down and they’re going to play to keep them down.”
I love the Little League line – we’re gonna miss you next year Lou.
Rookie Thomas Diamond made his major league debut and took the loss, but it wasn’t all bad. He pitched 6 innings giving up 3 ER on 7 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 10 Brewers hitters, becoming only the 2nd Cubs pitcher to strike out at least 10 batters in his major league debut (Mark Prior did the same in his 1st start in 2002). The 27-year old has spent 7 seasons in the minor leagues and he will start against the Reds on Sunday as well.
James Russell, Andrew Cashner and Carlos Marmol combined to pitch the final 2 2/3 innings of the game without allowing a run (unlike Monday night).
The Cubs had their chances — 11 hits and 2 walks — but like Lou said, they never came through with any clutch hits. They scored a run in the 1st inning on Derrek Lee’s single, but didn’t find a way to push another run across until the 9th inning. The Cubs had a runner on base in every inning except for the 5th inning. They left 2 runners on base in each of the 3rd and 8th innings without scoring a single run. The Cubs were just 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position?! Their team batting average of .243 with runners in scoring position is a joke for the team boasting the highest payroll in the National League – what a waste of money.
Ryan Dempster looks to help the Cubs avoid the 3-game sweep at the hands of the Brewers. Dempster has struggled of late (allowing at least 3 ER and 7 hits in each of his last 3 starts) as he has not won a game in 3 straight starts…