The Cubs fell just short of getting a series win for the 1st time since they took 2 of 3 from the Padres at Wrigley Field back on April 20th.
Casey Coleman suffered another loss giving up 4 ER on 4 hits and 5 walks in just 5 innings of work. Coleman is 1-2 with a 7.36 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP. In 18 1/3 innings pitched in 4 starts, Coleman has given up 15 ER on 23 hits and 13 walks. Why is this guy still in the rotation? Isn’t there someone else in the minors that can give the Cubs more meaningful innings?
Geovany Soto, Darwin Barney and Marlon Byrd each had 2 hits in the Cubs loss. Soto had 2 doubles in the game, the 2nd of which cut the DBacks lead from 4-1 to 4-3 in the top of the 7th inning. The Cubs then stranded Soto at 2nd base in the 7th. After stranding the tying run in scoring position in the 8th inning too, Carlos Pena almost put the Cubs ahead in the top of the 9th with a deep drive to right field that Upton caught right at the wall. Marlon Byrd had doubled to lead off the inning and moved over to 3rd base with only 1 out. The DBacks then walked to Geovany Soto to get to a pinch-hitter. Jeff Baker only needed to hit a fly ball to tie the game but instead he swung at J.J. Putz’s first pitch and grounded into a game-ending double play. Not good.
The Cubs have only won 3 series all season long and have a 12-15 record. Lucky for them that no one else in the NL Central has put together a good stretch of baseball to try to gain a little space between the rest of the pack. Despite the slow start, the Cubs trail the 1st place Cards by only 3.5 games. Every time Casey Coleman and James Russell take the mound, you know the Cubs are likely going to lose, so knowing that Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner are both on the mend and hopefully back in the mix in the next few weeks can only mean improved play for the club. After these 3 final road games against the Dodgers in L.A., the Cubs open up a critical 9-game homestand against the Cincinnati Reds, Cardinals and San Francisco Giants which could leave them still right in the thick of things or getting ready for 2012…