This was not a “bad Cubs loss.” Prior came in and did his usual job of poor pitching – his ERA is now flirting with 9 and it’s pretty much a guaranteed loss every time he takes the hill. No more excuses for this guy, it’s time for him to do his job or be a long reliever. He can’t be counted on as a starter from what I can see; if he’s not hurt he’s getting shelled. Personal note to Prior: “Sorry Mark but you’re gonna have to train during the offseason, you’re a professional athlete, it’s your job. It’s unfair to the rest of the team to do your spring training in July.”

Glendon Rusch pitched well in relief and Aramis Ramirez hit two 440 foot-plus bombs to get the Cubs back into the game. The offense played scrappy ball and gave the team a two-run lead going into the eighth; Scott Eyre had to leave the game with a sore lower back (he’ll be day to day) and Howry couldn’t get the job done. Cedeno also made a fool out of himself on a relay throw to home which cost the Cubs the winning run; I’ve been a big Ronny supporter but it’s now time to tell him that his throws might cost him his job if he doesn’t improve by the end of the year. Sometimes you just have to be direct.

Tomorrow the Cubs will be blacked out in most markets, Sean Marshall goes to the mound against Livan Hernandez. Marshall has thrown better this year than Livan but that guy has given us fits with his offspeed stuff and different looks. The Cubs are now 8 out of their last 15 so I’m not complaining.

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