The Cubs yesterday once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as James Russell allowed three eighth inning runs to the Reds. But before the game, Starlin Castro had another sit-down chat with Dale Sveum. He’s probably starting to think that Sveum is resembling Mike Quade.
‘‘It went well,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘He was, I don’t know if ‘remorseful’ is the right word, but he knew he made a big mistake [on the basepaths in Friday’s 10-8 loss to the Reds].’’
The mistake came when Castro tried to steal second, lost sight of a single to right field by Josh Vitters and was thrown out at third in the sixth inning Friday against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs trailed 8-3 at the time.
Sveum was visibly upset after the game but waited until Saturday to talk with Castro.
‘‘He talked to me about that play and that situation,’’ Castro said. ‘‘Down five runs, you have to be 100 percent sure if you’re going to steal, and you have to know where the ball is.’’
Does Sveum have special chats with every player when they make mistakes on the field?
‘‘I don’t treat him any different than anybody else,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘He just happens to be a big focal point because he’s our shortstop, and the shortstop is going to be here a long time.
‘‘The guy’s made leaps and bounds defensively and has done a good job as far as concentration most of the time. A lot of times, we — myself included, as well as the media — blow him up as much as anybody else. Some other people have made some pretty bad mistakes, too, but it doesn’t get blown up as much.”
Sveum is making less and less sense as the season goes on.
The Cubs will take the field today hoping to earn a split in their four game series with the Reds. Boo Radley (0-1, 15.75) will make his Wrigley Field debut today. His opponent is Johnny Cueto (14-6, 2.58). I don’t think we’ll be getting the series split, after all. Game time is 1:20 Central and you can watch on WGN. Today’s lineup: