The Cubs lost again to the Brewers last night. This time they did manage not to give up 9 runs in the 9th inning, so that’s something. The highlights of the night were Travis Wood’s home run and Darwin Barney tying the National League record with his 113th consecutive game played without an error.
“It was one of those things where when I was younger I always thouht that defense was my weakness so I put a lot of effort into working on it and getting it as solid as I could,” Barney said.
“I don’t think it about it as much as last year,” he said. “Last year, making that transition there were a lot of plays that I felt were not as comfortable, primarily turning double plays. But we came in with a plan to fix those things and to work on the plays I had trouble with and secured that up.”
Barney’s mark ties the record for games played in a single season. He still has 10 to go to match Ryne Sandberg’s 123 over the course of two seasons and 29 to go to match Placido Polanco’s 142 for the MLB record.
The Cubs figure to make a few September call-ups, but don’t expect any new faces by trade as the August 31 playoff-eligible roster deadline passes. That doesn’t mean Jed Hoyer won’t be trying.
‘‘The last couple of days [of August], people are always looking to secure their playoff roster,’’ general managerJed Hoyer said Tuesday. ‘‘So if we all of a sudden had interest in a guy that cleared waivers in the next 72 hours, it wouldn’t be surprising at all.’’
One face we won’t see any more is that of Alex Hinshaw.
The Cubs designated left-hander Alex Hinshaw for assignment, barely a week after acquiring him off waivers from the San Diego Padres. On Monday, he gave up a walk, a single and three consecutive homers to the five batters he faced in the ninth inning.
From the scrap heap you came, to the scrap heap you shall return.