At this point in the season, it’s fair to assume any manager would be frustrated if he had to watch each and every game from field level. In their last eight home games, the Cubs have now scored 12 runs, seven of which were scored in Friday’s game alone. In Sunday’s 6-1 loss to the Cards, Dale Sveum’s cup of frustration ran over when Donnie Murphy was called out on a check-swing third strike (click the link for video). Dale didn’t pull any punches in the post-game press conference.
“Easily the worst check swing call I’ve ever seen,” Sveum said after the game. “That’s why the other umpires are there, to give him help.”
What he was also probably thinking was that he wanted to shower and watch some other games on TV in the clubhouse. Adam Wainwright struck out 11 batters en route to victory against a team that has hit .197 in their last eight home games. They’re now 24-38 at Wrigley Field. Despite taking another loss Sunday, Edwin Jackson is keeping his outlook positive.
‘We’re a rebuilding team and we’re going to have ups and downs,’’ starter Edwin Jackson said Sunday after a 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.
‘‘We have to learn from our mistakes and the next day go out and learn from what we did previously. It’s a learning process. At the end of the day, we have to take the positives we’ve learned into the next games.’’
One of the positives is that Jackson only allowed three runs in six innings. One of the negatives is that two were unearned due to a botched fly ball in center by Junior Lake.
‘‘As a pitcher you know things are going to happen,’’ Jackson said. ‘‘You try to do damage control. It could have been a lot worse than two runs.’’
We’ll get ‘em in 2015, guys!
Starlin Castro was back in the lineup Sunday after having been pulled from Saturday’s game. He broke an 0-16 slump with a hit and made a nice leaping play on a line drive.
“I don’t think this kid can get better by not playing today and understanding the adversity that we all go through in the game,” Sveum said beforehand.
Castro did extend his career-high errorless streak at shortstop to 26 games, but not without a little anxiety. His previous mark was 24, from July 14-Aug. 9, 2011. There weren’t many other Cubs highlights.
“It’s tough when that happens,” Castro said of being benched. “The next day, you feel a little nervous, because you don’t want to make a mistake again. My first ground ball [Sunday], I felt a little nervous, because I didn’t want to make an error after what happened yesterday. [I had to] just go out there and be positive and not think about [what happened].”
Don’t listen to the haters, Starlin.