Cubs Monday Headlines: Another loss, another ejection

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. sveum

“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.


26 thoughts on “Cubs Monday Headlines: Another loss, another ejection

  1. Anonymous says:

    Unrelated to headlines (sorry Carl) but this morning listening to the radio in Boston one of the sports guys almost said Dumpster. He quickly went Dum-Dempster, but I know that LOHOs influence has reached the Hub.

    1. flyball says:

      Sorry, that’s me

    2. juliedicaro says:

      That’s fantastic. I love it. I miss my “Dempster Diving” fantasy team.

  2. juliedicaro says:

    My respect for Dempster is as high as it’s ever been after he plunked ARod.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      Too bad he can’t plunk Ryan Braun right now.

      Too bad no one can plunk Ryan Braun right now.

      1. juliedicaro says:

        Saturday I got bashed on Twitter for defending Starlin Castro. Today I am getting bashed for “bashing” ARod. Am I living in opposite land?

        1. Doc Blume says:

          Yep. And the Cubs are a good team now too.

  3. Doc Blume says:

    Well…it’s official. I won’t be going to a Cubs game this year. I’ve been debating on whether or not to take my daughter to next Friday’s game against the Phillies for her birthday. I’ve decided to go the cheap route and take her (and the rest of the family) to Miller Park for the Brewers and Angels game instead. It’s cheaper and much much much more convenient.

    The last year I went a full season without going to Wrigley was probably 1982.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      Wow. I’m not sure what to say.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        At least a half a dozen times this year, I’ve planned on buying tickets to a game and each time I’ve been able to talk myself out of it. My daughter really wanted to go to a ball game on her birthday, and going to Miller Park really ended up being the best choice…especially when I can get tickets for the whole family just a few rows from the field along with parking for under $40. More space to do stuff with the kids, better food, better beer, and (according to the standings) better baseball…lol!!!

        1. Doc Blume says:

          Oh…and on top of that, each of us will get a $10 voucher for concessions when we enter the ballpark. :)

  4. sloanpeterson2 says:

    The problem with Dempster is not that he plunked A-Rod, but that he and Lackey told everyone for a week that they were going to hit A-Rod. This is the team that had a pitcher drink during games he pitched 2 years ago, and the league did nothing. Oh Yeah, and this is also the team whose big hitter TESTED positive for PED’s. For The Red Sox to play moral arbitrators in A-Rod’s case was stupid. Furthermore, it took Dempster three trys to hit him, and then the Red Sox bullpen all run towards A-Rod who was notmaking any move to the mound. Then, Honora warns both teams,instead of ejecting Dempster, who had previously told everyone in north america he was going to hit A-Rod. And then Girardi gets tossed? That is why you are getting bashed. And I also hope all of the people who wanted A-Rod hit in the head and killed are banned from the internet as well. This is Selig’s fault- his focus on one or two players speaks volumes as to his bias.

  5. sloanpeterson2 says:

    And.. Dempster cost his team a valuable win in the pennant race. CC kept his cool, and pitched like the professional Dempster wishes he was, and Mariano Rivera shut the door on the Red Sux. This little display may haunt them the last week of the season….

  6. Doc Blume says:

    My biggest problem with the whole plunking of A-Rod thing was that it took two weeks for someone to actually do it.

    1. dabirdguy says:

      I agree. He should spend at least 1 at bat on his ass from a high hard one EVERY GAME.
      And should he be hit in the head h should be fined if that hurts the baseball.

  7. juliedicaro says:

    Remember in Spring Training when Dale said the goal was to get to the playoffs? Heh.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      Did he say which team he was trying to get into the playoffs? Because he’s done a pretty good job getting the Reds there.

      1. juliedicaro says:

        (Krusty the Klown noise)

  8. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Maybe Dale meant the playoffs for the Little League World Series?

  9. FrankS says:

    Ryne Sandberg got his first win as a big league manager yesterday. Doc, I’m surprised you didn’t want to drive down to Wrigley to see the drama of Ryno vs Sveum. And personally, I think Sveum will be gone before the Cubs ever get good. I’m not impressed with how he handles players, game situations or anything else.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      I did, but I was not willing to put my family through the trip to Wrigley. That Friday is my daughter’s birthday, and I wasn’t going to go to the game alone…so it’s off to Milwaukee instead.

  10. Doc Blume says:

    There is talk that David DeJesus has been traded to the Nats.

  11. sloanpeterson2 says:

    I think people have said that Dale is a “place-holder”manager, and that once results start showing from the rebuilding, the Cubs will get a real manager…

    1. juliedicaro says:

      This is what I think, too. There was no way a Mike Maddux was going to lose for three years before the team was ready to start winning.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        I’ve heard this same thing from a number of people that are more “in the know” than I am. (Maybe Julie has heard something too.)

        Theo/Jed knew this is what it was going to happen, and I don’t think they had any candidate that they really really wanted (Terry Francona) that was going to be willing to put up with this misery for 3 years.

        The absolute truth of the matter, from what I understand, is that if the Cubs were able to compete immediately after Theo took over, Francona would have been the manager immediately after Quade was fired.

  12. Doc Blume says:

    Anyway…it’s confirmed that DeJesus has been traded to the Nats for a PTBNL.

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