Game 51 – Wrecked 'Em? Dioner Killed 'Em!
White Sox 3, Cubs 9
The Good Cubs’ backup catcher Dioner Navarro had the kind of day we dream about as children. He hit three homers and walked once, scoring every time he came to the plate Wednesday and driving in six of the Cubs’ nine runs. It was a simply remarkable day at the plate, especially for a guy who came into the game hitting .200 with only three homeruns in fifty-five at-bats.
The Bad Hard to find anything bad with the game, but potentially bad for the season is Scott Feldman’s ongoing campaign to be this season’s Paul Maholm. Feldman continues to over-perform, holding the White Sox Wednesday to two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts over six innings (my favorite stat–no walks). Is Feldman a long-term building block? Obviously not. But when the Cubs decide to move him and his cheap contract before the trade deadline, he Cubs will be a less interesting, less enjoyable team to watch.
The Ugly With a seven-run lead in the eighth inning, Carlos Marmol made an appearance in the only situation I can trust him in these days. And while he didn’t completely melt down, he did manage to give up a double, a pass ball, and a run-scoring sacrifice fly. He’s the poster boy for the Cubs’ leaky bullpen, which took another hit Wednesday when the team announced that Kyugji Fujikawa needs Tommy John surgery.