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June 2009



A Glitch In The System

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Actually, there were a few “glitches in the system” last night.

In the top of the first inning the Cubs had the bases loaded with their cleanup hitter, DLee, up. At that point Detroit’s pitching coach, Rick Knapp, came out to have a word with his pitcher, Edwin Jackson. I don’t know what he told him, but it worked. Derrek hit a double play ball, 6-4-3, but beat the throw to first for an RBI fielder’s choice.

The next batter up, Micah Hoffpauir, the designated hitter, struck out. Geovany Soto grounded into a 6-4 fielder’s choice to end the “rally”.

So the bases loaded with nobody out produces only 1 run. I’d call that a major “glitch”.

In the bottom of the 1st, Big Z gave up back to back extra base hits (a double followed by a triple) to start his outing. Score was now tied at one. That’s a “glitch”.

In the top of the 5th, Andres Blanco bunted himself to 1st base. Two fly outs later (thanks to Soriano and Theriot), Andres, finding himself still standing on 1B, was thrown out trying to steal 2nd. That ended the “rally’’ and constitutes another “glitch” in the Cubs run producing “system”.

In the top of the 6th Milton walked, DLee doubled, and Soto sacrifice flied Bradley in. That’s not a glitch, that’s how it’s supposed to work. But, however, the inning started with runners on 2nd and 3rd, no outs, and the designated hitter up, but ended with only one run scored. That’s a big “glitch”.

In the bottom of the 7th, Zambrano hit the leadoff man Kelly, then gave up a 2 run homer to Mr. Inge. Although Big Z picked off pinch runner Anderson after walking Ordonez, the damage was done.

In the top of the 8th, DLee singled and Hoffpauir homered, giving the Cubbies a 4-3 lead. That’s great! But, in the same inning, Theriot grounded out while both Bradley and Soto struck out. So the run production was limited to 2. That’s a “glitch”.

The Cubs were in front 4-3 for one and a half innings. That’s great!

But in the bottom of the 9th Cubs closer Kevin Gregg walked the first batter, and gave up the walk off 2 run homer to pinch hitter Ryan Raburn. Mr. Raburn is a season 220 hitter who was previously 0-4 in pinch hitting appearances. That’s a “glitch”.

The game was close from the git go, and could have gone either way. But the Cubs could have earned a win with just a few less “glitches”.

As an aside, the Cubs’ leadoff man, Alfonso Soriano, went 1-5 on the evening with a single, two fly outs, a strike out and a pop out to 1st base.

And, on a positive note, DLee extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a double and a single and drew a walk after hitting a double play ball in the first.

Also, TheRiot was credited with a “heads-up” play in letting a soft liner drop in front of him, then turning a 6-4-3 double play, but it was more an instance of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” base running. Had Ryan caught the ball on the fly, he could have doubled the base runner off at first, too.

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  • Rick Knapp, like Dave Duncan, comes out to talk to the pitcher and the rally ends. I believe Larry Rothschild came out to talk to the pitcher last night and the batter ripped one of the homers. He is the fireman who pours gas on the fire.

  • Lizzie

    I think individually (aside from the game ending pitch) these “glitches” wouldn’t mean much, it’s just that they’re all strung together to make a loss. And tonight’s game is starting out similarly, IMO.

  • cubbiedude

    Rick, I’m getting to the point where I hate seeing Larry Rothschild having to come out to the mound. I don’t hate Larry, but I hate seeing him need to come out to the mound so often. It’s to the point where it’s unusual if he DOESN’T have to come out for a conversation.

    Lizzie (aka The Spring Chicken), You’re right. In all cases, if the Cubbies were holding onto a ten run lead none of this would be a problem.

  • sherm

    A ten run lead? What the hell is that?