However, I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on the . . absence . . of certain people around these parts lately.
If you people think you’re going to go off galavanting around God knows where for the rest of the season while Carl and I stay here and do headlines and game threads, you’ve got another think coming. It’s not like we WANT to be watching this team, you know. But dammit, if Carl and I are in, we’re ALL in. So suck it up, turn on your tv, and dive back in to LOHO, because I’ll be damned if I have to spend the rest of the game threads this season talking to myself. Or Doc.
Oh, and if you missed the game yesterday, this happened:
The Cubs scored two runs apiece in the seventh and eighth innings, but it wasn’t enough for them to overcome five errors and a key baserunning gaffe, as they fell to the first-place Reds, 10-8.
It was the ninth loss in the last 10 games for the Cubs, who committed five errors for the first time since booting six balls on Sept. 12, 2006, against the Dodgers.
It went like this: (cue ‘Yackety Sax”)
The third inning started innocently enough, when first baseman Anthony Rizzo couldn’t corral Brandon Phillips’ one-out grounder. Then, Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run homer to center.
Xavier Paul singled and Todd Frazier struck out before the Cubs’ left side of the infield made consecutive two-out errors. Wilson Valdez hit a hard shot to third that ricocheted off rookie Josh Vitters, and then Castro capped the three-error frame by letting Devin Mesoraco’s ground ball go through his legs to bring in a run.
In the sixth, Cincinnati’s Drew Stubbs attempted to steal second after a leadoff single … and ended up scoring. Catcher Welington Castillo’s throw went by everybody — including rookie center fielder Brett Jackson — as Stubbs scored. Castillo was charged with a throwing error and Jackson with a fielding miscue on the play.
Brett Jackson also struck out twice. Bwahahahahahah!
The Cubs and Reds go at it again this afternoon at 3:05 pm CT on CSN. Aaaaaand it looks like were back to Travis Wood (already?)
Lineup to come.