There is not much to be said about this game.
The Cubs got off to a great start, scoring two runs in the first on back-to-back doubles from Lee and Ramirez, and would add a run in the third on a Ramirez single. But that would be it, with the Cubs showing in inability to take advantage of their opportunities.
Ryan Dempster pitched well enough to get a win, but was not great. His only runs allowed came in the sixth on a Albert Pujols home run that followed a double and a walk.
The Cardinals would win in the bottom of the ninth, after a single, a balk, a walk, a sac bunt, and a VERY weak game winning fielders choice to second base against Carlos Marmol.
But here is what I want to talk about. In the top of the 8th inning Jim Edmonds drew a leadoff walk, bringing up one of the Cubs best, and hottest, hitters in Geovany Soto. Lets get some facts out of the way about Geovany Soto:
- Soto is slow.
- Soto does not bunt often.
- Soto hits for average.
- Soto hits for power.
- Soto gets on base often.
- Soto has ZERO sac bunts in his major league career.
Yet somehow Lou Piniella felt the need to have a slow, infrequent bunter who also happens to be one of your best hitters try to lay down a bunt to advance
Jim Edmonds Felix Pie, who came in to pinch run, to second.
And it failed miserably.
Now, don’t get me wrong. One play did not lose this game. But Lou Piniella made it more difficult for this team to win the game because of his decision to bunt with a slow, infrequent bunter who also happens to be one of your best hitters.
What an awful decision.
Which helped lead to an awful conclusion to the game.
The Cubs have now low eight of their last nine games. But I still say relax.
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