Get your power failure puns elsewhere; Cubs lose 8-5

Yeeechhh! That was nasty.

Wednesday night at Wrigley, the Cubs spotted the Dodgers a 5-0 lead, squandered opportunities to get the game close or even, then did get the game close, failed to get it closer, and lost.

Here's , which was interrupted by an 18-minute power outage in the fourth inning.

Some quick thoughts...

— Tom Gorzelanny struggled with his command from the outset and all in all, pitched just poorly enough to provide some public relations cover to Jim Hendry and Lou Piniella in the next few days, when, I'm thinking, they will officially yank the lefty from the rotation in favor of Carlos Zambrano.

— To me, the overriding truth in tonight's game was expressed beautifully by Guest Seventh Inning Singer Pat Foley, who was actually describing his recipe for winning a Stanley Cup when he said, "Your best players need to be your best players." We all know how the Cubs have suffered and will suffer if Aramis Ramirez is not contributing, but the point was dramatized tonight by the team's failure to cash in on seemingly can't-miss scoring opportunities and some awful defense at third base, speaking of which...

— Mike Fontenot cannot play on the left side of the infield. He made a questionable but defensible decision to concede a Dodger run on a hard ground ball by Manny Ramirez in the first inning, after failing to glove the ball cleanly. In the second inning, Fontenot launched a throw over Derrek Lee's head which led to two unearned runs immediately thereafter, when Matt Kemp doubled. Maybe the only good thing about playing Fontenot at third is that by comparison, it makes his play at shortstop appear to be Gold Glove-quality.

— It's frequently frustrating to watch Alfonso Soriano play left field, but what Manny Ramirez does out there is just short of a criminal offense. Soriano is an incompetent fielder; Ramirez is indifferent, which I find much, much worse. He runs and bends over in slow motion, when he moves at all. If my favorite team employed that slug in the field every day, it would drive me to drink. Or following soccer full-time. 

— Derrek Lee had three more hits and even rapped the ball sharply when grounding into a double play. Xavier Nady had a pinch home run and Jeff Baker had a pinch triple. Good to see all of those guys coming around (we hope). Starlin Castro, on the other hand, looked a lot like a 20-year-old just up from Double-A when he stepped in against Chad Billingsley. Castro personally left six runners on base in the game. Also, he and Ryan Theriot joined Fontenot in Wednesday night's error parade.

Like I said, yeeechhh.

 in the series finale Thursday afternoon.


Kosuke really sucks when he doesn't have his hitting coach around. His stats have fallen off the table in May. Get well Aramis!

Eli Lilly. Mmmmmmmmmm drugs. brewers Zaun out with torn shoulder labrum...they now have two catchers (Jonathan Lucroy and George Kottaras) with about 70 mlb game experience

Has Zaun even had a hit this season?

Mike fontenot is not a third baseman. If he batted rh I doubt he would be in the league.

He played pretty well there last year. I am not going to get all worked up about one game. We've got 50 games that show Aramis Ramirez is not a major league hitter.

from what I remember last year, fonty was les then adequate at third. which brought all out all the longing for derosa.

I would say he played okay defense, not as good as Ramirez at 3b. He just stopped hitting more than anything.

The last few times I've seen Castro bat, it seems like he is taking the first pitch all the time and lately the opposing pitcher has been saying, "thanks" and grooving him one. I'm only commenting on the ABs I've seen, but it's been a pattern on those I've been able to watch. Then, the pitcher will toss one out of the strike zone and Castro will either miss it or will tap it foul. I still haven't seen him pull the ball yet. So, possibly, weakness finally found. I'm still pretty hopeful about the kid but it'll be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks. He's going to be facing some pretty good pitching. And he is still, even with last night's error, our best shortstop right no

Fire Rudy! We want Joshua! We want Joshua!

Paul Sullivan mentioned it this morning on Mully/Hanley show and Bruce Miles wrote about it here... ...but Piniella was unaware until Miles brought it up in the pre-game meeting with the reporters that Ryan Theriot hasn't drawn a walk since May 1st.

len mention that the other night re theriot. lou unaware? shocking

"Flummoxed" was the word Miles used to describe Lou's reaction when he brought it up.

Cards' Kyle Lohse has a rare condition likely to require surgery on his forearm. With Brad Penny already on the DL, St.L is scrambling to find a starter for Saturday's game v. the Cubs.

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Adam Ottavino could be promoted from Class AAA Memphis to make his major-league debut, or Blake Hawksworth or Kyle McClellan could be assigned a spot start.

Anyone know of a team with an extra starter they could flip to the Cardinals? h/t to @desipiodotcom, who suggested that a Gorzelanny-for-Pujols deal "would be great for both teams!"

It really doesn't seem to matter whom the Cardinals get to start for them. If they can keep the opponent under 5 runs a game, they feel they can win every time out. And, Dave Duncan is...well - Dave Duncan.

If they can keep the opponent under 5 runs a game, they feel they can win every time out. Huh? The Cards offense has been mediocre, at best, this year. They are 12th in the NL in runs, 10th in OBP, and 10th in Slug. And they are averaging just 4.2 runs/game.

HUH? Umm..Pujols is not 100% yet, and last I checked it is still May. If you want to bet they will not be top 5 in the NL by the end of the year in offense, let me know.

This game was lost on defense.

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  • crunch 7 hours 4 min ago (view)

    i can't believe this kind of stuff is what we're talking about 2 months into the 2020 season...i can't believe a lot of stuff about 2020 outside of the game, too.


  • crunch 11 hours 22 min ago (view)

    contract rights are retained by the team.

    in normal times this keeps labor relations between employer and player not too volitile with only a handful of player/owner issues.  in times like this you see a system that was not designed for an event like this.

    some owners are being responsible over the players who's contracts they control while other owners make us realize why the guillotine was occsasionally popular during revoltutions/revolts.


  • Jackstraw 11 hours 49 min ago (view)

    So they are all free agents?  Or still under contract and not getting paid?  I'm sure AZ Phil or someone else has covered this but I haven't been keeping up with all the fine points of baseball's problems recently.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Manfred is such a dreadful commissioner. It's his job to walk a fine line and maintain peace in labor relations. Instead he lets the owners do whatever they want.

    Cannot wait for a long, bitter strike after 2021. And for the owners to ultimately turn plenty of fan sentiment against players.


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    "The A's told their minor leaguers Tuesday that they will not continue to pay them their current salary of $400 per week beyond May 31."

    classy.  absolute class act stuff right there.


  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich
    The MLBPA is very disappointed with MLB’s economic proposal today, source tells me and @Ken_Rosenthal, calling additional cuts proposed “massive." League offered to share more playoff revenue, but on balance, those dollars are small compared to what players give up, PA believes.


  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    A's are furloughing nearly all of their staff through the entire organization...including scouts, which make a shockingly low amount of money.

    the A's are owned by a multi-billionaire who inherited his loot from dad (founder of The Gap)...and him + family spent $10m trying to keep Obama from getting a 2nd term, which i assume is their idea of a good investment in their community...whereas paying loyal employees for years/decades for a few months is...well...*shrug*


  • Ryno 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Depends on who you are.


  • Ryno 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Sorry--Just needed to experience a little normalcy.


  • Ryno 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    That was the dumbest lineup I've ever seen.


  • Hagsag 1 day 20 hours ago (view)



  • Cubster 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    speaking of Trump's trained rats...


  • Hagsag 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Cubster, your comments about President Bone Spurs could not be more accurate. Thanks for posting!


  • BobbyD 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Cubster: I agree with your comments, save one. That the president is "leading" America. He couldn't lead a pack of rats to a NYC dumpster on an August afternoon. The "man" is a f'ing disgrace. 


  • crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    though the team cheaped out on this offseason (still an overall top-tier payroll), i was at least looking forward to seeing the beginning of the david ross era...and who was going to win the 2nd base job...

    nothing about 2020 baseball feels legit anymore.  just hearing the players talk about it, you'd think they were organizing a casual pickup game for charity at an inconvient time and place...doesn't seem like they're really stoked about it.


  • Cubster 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    June 1st is a week from tomorrow. Given 5 weeks of spring training before starting (July 4th?), the season is on the brink of going bye-bye. It's bad enough in 2020 to be losing prime career years for Javy Baez and Kris Bryant, let alone Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Kyle Hendricks, and Willson Contreras. If one of them gets coronavirus, loses lung capacity, and alters their career arc, Cub fans will for a long time have a bitter taste in their mouths. All for, at best,  a bizarre half-season without fans watching in the ballparks.