When will the tides turn for the 2009 Cubs? And if it does turn, how long will it last? 2 frustrating questions for Manager Lou Pinella.
Pinella finally had something to smile about as the Cubs defeated the Pirates 3-1 on Monday night. Rich Harden picked up the win (his 1st win in 6 starts), despite constantly working in and out of jams in his 7 innings of work. Harden gave up 9 hits and 1 walk, but only 1 ER, while striking out 9. The Cubs finally had a team fail to come through in the clutch, as the Pirates left the bases loaded in the 5th inning and 2 runners on base in each of the 6th and 7th innings. Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg – 2 of the Cubs most inconsistent relievers all season long – worked perfect innings in the 8th and 9th to preserve the win.
The Cubs scored their runs on an Andres Blanco single in the 2nd inning; a Ryan Theriot HR in the 3rd inning and a Milton Bradley double in the 4th inning.
But the optimistism didnt last long for the Cubs, as .500 pitcher Ross Ohlendorf shutout out the Cubs on Tuesday night in a 3-0 embarassing loss for the north siders. 3 miscues summed up this game, and that’s all I’m going to say about it.
1 – The Pirates scored their 1st run of the game when Ted Lilly struck out Brandon Moss on what should have been an inning-ending strikeout. Instead, it turned into a wild pitch and Freddy Sanchez scored on a heads-up play all the way from 2nd base when Lilly couldn’t field Geovany Soto’s low throw at home plate. Bonehead play #1 for the Cubs.
2 -The Cubs managed only 2 hits off Olendorf through 6 innings, so the Cubs should have been careful when they got on base. With 2 outs in the 7th inning, Soto singled and Mike Fontenot followed up with a single to left field. Instead of staying at 2nd base for Ryan Theriot, Soto tried to advance to 3rd with the play right in front of him and he was easily thrown out to end the inning. Bonehead play #2 for the Cubs.
3 – Ryan Theriot and Milton Bradley led off the 8th with singles and they each advanced a base on Jack Wilson’s throwing error. 2nd and 3rd, nobody out, top of the order coming to the plate – great situation, right? Maybe not. Alfonso Soriano strike out, Kosuke Fukodome strike out and a weak Derrek Lee groundout to 2nd base – end of threat – end of ball game. Bonehead play #3 for the Cubs. Here’s your 3-0 loss Cubs fans…
This team really sucks… The Brewers beat up on Johan Santana and the Mets to increase their lead over the Cubs to 4.5 games. Not good.
The Cubs-Pirates Wednesday night finale will feature Randy Wells (winner of 2 straight) and Virgil Vasquez (who won his 1st start of 2009 last week against the Kansas City Royals).