The Chicago Cubs took a 7-5 lead into the 8th inning against the A’s yesterday. What happened next is probably what you expected to happen next. The bullpen allowed a three-run home run to blow yet another save.
“It’s almost comical to see this happen every single night we have a lead,” manager Dale Sveum said, “to get beat by guys that sometimes hardly even hit any home runs.”
Sveum added: “Now I understand why Mike Quade looked like he did.” I haven’t gotten to watch many games, but Russell has apparently been leaving pitches up in the zone. That’s a recipe for an 8th inning disaster.
“I’ve just gotta get the ball down, it’s that simple,” Russell said. “It’s not that difficult. Just that one thing, get the ball down, and that won’t happen.”
Alfonso Soriano is starting to heat up heading into trade season. He hit his third home run in the last four games last night. What’s on his mind about the possibility of being moved?
“It’s part of the game, you know,” Soriano said. “The front office, they know what they’re doing, so I just try to do my job. Let the front office take care of the business, and I’ll try to take care of the business on the field. They’ll do the best for the organization.”
While we’re on the topic of trades, Jed Hoyer was asked if the Cubs consider the season to be over now that the Cubs have officially kicked off trade season.
“Unfortunately, we’re 10 games under .500 at this stage in the season,” Hoyer said. “We have three teams in our division with the three best records in the National League, or close to it. I think realistically, our chances of playing in October are small. We need to add a lot of talent to get better for the future. Players should be trying to win every single game, that’s the nature of their job. I would expect the players to look at it that way.”
Who’s next on the block? Matt Garza?