The Cubs lost another frustrating 1-run game on Friday afternoon – 5-4 to the Reds. The Cubs are now 4-6 in 1-run games and this will have to improve if they expect to stay in the NL race in 2011.
The Cubs blew so many scoring chances in the game – this really should have been a blowout Cubs win:
3rd inning – 1st and 3rd with 1 out, Starlin Castro grounded out to 3rd base and a run didn’t score. They did score a run on a passed ball, but it was a blown chance to have a big inning and the Reds answered with Jay Bruce’s 3-run home run in the top of the 4th inning to take a 3-1 lead. It was a HUGE momentum swing…
4th inning – Bases loaded with nobody out and Geovany Soto grounds into a double-play. Sure the Cubs got a run, but with the pitcher coming up, they only got 1.
5th inning – 3 singles in a row scored Darwin Barney, but then another costly double-play erases a 2 on, 1 out rally.
6th inning – Geovany Soto singles home a run with nobody out. That knocks Edinson Volquez out of the 5-4 game. Reed Johnson enters the game and is promptly hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. But Kosuke Fukudome struck out, Barney popped out to the catcher and Castro weakly grounded out to shortstop as the Cubs blow another golden opportunity to blow the game wide open.
The Cubs did score a single run in 4 consecutive innings, but they should have scored about 8 or 9 runs given the chances. If the Cubs continue to fail to come through with the clutch hit with runners in scoring position, it is going to be a LONG season for the north siders.
Matt Garza was the tough-luck recipient of the Cubs lack of hitting, but he did not pitch the game the Cubs needed against the Reds. Garza gave up 5 ER on 6 hits and 2 walks and he suffered his 4th loss because of it.
The Cubs fell to 14-17 on the season and trail the 1st place Cards by 4 games in the NL Central.
Casey Coleman looks to help the Cubs rally for a win against the Reds today at Wrigley. Coleman has been downright bad of late – 11 ER on 12 walks and 14 hits in his last 3 starts – a streak spanning 13 1/3 innings pitched. Coleman is 1-2 with a 7.36 ERA and 1.96 WHIP. Please please – let’s get Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner back in the starting rotation!