Game Recap

No Hitting Means No Margin for Error—Cubs Lose to Reds, 4-3 in 11

I didn't get to see all of Saturday night's loss, but the portion that I did catch was more than enough for me to get the gist:

The Cubs' woeful offense—over the last two nights, for example, the team is 0-for-17 with RISP—offers no cover for defensive mistakes and boneheaded baserunning.

If the starting pitching weren't so good, the Cubs wouldn't even be competitive.

Once Again, It's Homer or Nuthin' (Mostly Nuthin'); Cubs Lose 2-1 to L.A.

Today at Baseball Prospectus (subscription), Joe Sheehan wrote about how the Cubs have become one of baseball's most home run-dependent teams and tonight, we saw, yet again, where that generally gets you.

A pinch-hit home run by Bobby Scales in the eighth inning against Randy Wolf accounted for all the Cubs' scoring Thursday night in the team's most recent, painful defeat.

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  • Per Fangraphs...

    Bryant took over NL lead in WAR after yesterday's effort. 3.9. Rizzo's at 2.8 and 9th in the league. Rizzo actually with better offensive numbers (161 wRC+ versus 146 for Bryant), but Bryant gets a good bump because of defense and position(s) played.

    Fowler with a 2.8 WAR as well.

    M. Carpenter actually leads NL with 163 wRC+ just ahead of Rizzo who is 2nd.

    Rob G. 19 min 25 sec ago view
  • Amen

    jacos 1 hour 8 min ago view
  • @jonahkeri Joe Maddon living out Joe Maddon fanfic IRL tonight

    Rob G. 1 hour 28 min ago view
  • yes. I was at the Sean Marshall game in LF. Lou Piniella was managing. StL won 4-2, so I guess it didn't help but it was zany. Soriano/Reed Johnson and Marshall were the LF's.

    http://m.mlb.com/news/article/5854550/

    7-12-09

    http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?id=290712316

    On a 6 degrees of separation note: Cubs got Travis Wood in the trade that sent Sean Marshall to Cincy.

    Cubster 1 hour 39 min ago view
  • Make that 1-7, 4 RBI.

    billybucks 1 hour 39 min ago view
  • i like how strop played LF with his "crooked cap" look...that's not just for the mound.

    crunch 1 hour 51 min ago view
  • let baez pitch the 15th, he earned it.

    crunch 2 hours 1 min ago view
  • Forget the save, finally Javier!!

    cubbies.4ever 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • Can a pitcher get more than one hold in a game? Or a Win and a save?

    cubbies.4ever 2 hours 5 min ago view
  • Didn't they do this sort of thing with Sean Marshall years back? Sticking him in LF to save him to face others, but without a pitcher replacing him in LF.

    cubbies.4ever 2 hours 14 min ago view
  • This is the most beautiful thing ever.

    Transmission 2 hours 18 min ago view
  • all i wanna know is...when's d.ross gonna pitch?

    crunch 2 hours 21 min ago view
  • Maddon is over-managing the shit out of this game.

    Rob G. 2 hours 23 min ago view
  • yeah. ...or not...

    i was a bit more confused why the guy who gave up a HR to votto last night was facing him with 2 men on.

    ...now that wood is coming in to pitch the following inning, the whole thing gets weirder. so like, okay.

    crunch 2 hours 23 min ago view
  • Javy 0-6. At least he's consistent.

    The E-Man 2 hours 32 min ago view
  • Sweet play.

    What's with the Travis Wood stuff? Is it because he pitched the last 2 games?

    Rob G. 2 hours 33 min ago view