We all had a horrible feeling going into last night’s game that James Russell would somehow make it impossible for the Cubs to win. While it wasn’t a colossal failure, it was just enough to put victory out of reach. Mike Quade, where do we go from here?
â€œI don’t know, I really don’t know,â€ Quade said. â€œWhat I’m concerned about, honestly, is trying to salvage a game in this series tomorrow. You could do (reliever Jeff Samardzija). That’s not really something I’m interested in doing. But if we need to do it, we’ll do it. We’ll keep looking at the people who are pitching at Triple-A and anybody who can give you length.â€
Tuesday marked the third game this year the wind has blown out at Wrigley. Alfonso Soriano’s ninth-inning solo homer was the Cubs’ first in those conditions while the visitors have cranked out 8. Quade, though, said his hitters shouldn’t change their approach at the plate based on the wind.
â€œIf people start changing because of the weather and we’re not hitting homers and we start back-legging stuff, that’s not going to work,â€ he said.
American hero Jeff Baker had two more hits last night, raising his average to .407. Starting first baseman Carlos Pena is hitting .169, but Quade insists there is no first base platoon.
â€˜â€˜It canâ€™t be a platoon system for me because I still would like the left-handed power in the middle of that lineup that I know Carlos has,â€™â€™ Quade said. â€˜â€˜And Iâ€™m not willing to bail on that two weeks, three weeks into the season in April in Chicago. Hopefully, thatâ€™s a conversation for never.â€™â€™
Or any time the Cubs face a left-handed starter.