Tonight the Cubs showed why they are not qualified to compete in this year’s postseason race, losing the game 17-2 to the Rockies. The offense was noticeably absent once again and Dempster clearly didn’t have his best stuff. The Rocks did their damage in the third, fifth, sixth and eighth innings and the Cubs have now lost four out of their last five games. Here are the game’s highlights, if you can call them that:

  • Bottom 3rd: Francis singles with one out. Then Fowler hits a ground rule double men on second and third one out. Seth Smith doubles to right center scoring two. 2-0 Rocks. Dempster walks Tulowitzki, men on first and second two out. The third consecutive walk in the inning plates a run 3-0 Rockies.
  • Bottom 5th: Carlos Gonzalez hits one about 430 ft. 4-0 Rockies. Tulowitzki singles to center. Hawpe walks Larry Rothschild comes out for a visit men on first and second no one out. Base hit by Stewart – 5-0 Colorado.
  • Top 6th: Base hit to lead off the inning by Baker. Triple by Tyler Colvin Baker scores 5-1 Rockies. Lee with his 45th RBI as he grounds to short to score Colvin – 5-2 Colorado.
  • Bottom 8th: Barmes doubles to left center, Melvin Mora pinch hits and singles Barmes to third with no one out. Gonzalez singles to right scoring Barmes, 6-2 Rockies. Tulowitzki then doubles home Mora making it 7-2 Colorado. Then Hawpe doubled making it 9-2 Rockies.  Further abuse followed, Cashner looked pitiful and should proceed directly to Des Moines.  He’s looked bad this week and needs to learn what happens when you pitch poorly at the major league level.  Send him down now.   Marshall didn’t have it tonight, he gave up four runs and the Colorado team made it a laugher.

I was able to watch the Cubs win in Houston on Monday night – that game marked their third win in four games and gave many of us pause for relief and narrow hopes for postseason play. But the teams’ performance since then makes it virtually a cinch that the 2010 Cubs will not make the playoffs for the second year in a row.

In other news Houston has made some serious trades and the Cards have not. Roy Oswalt was shipped to the Phillies and he promptly gave up four earned runs in a loss to the Nats. On paper this was a good trade for Philadelphia, particularly given Happ’s injury this year and slow comeback. I’m wondering whether or not the Phils have the mojo it will take to get the job done against the Braves. Also in National League Central Division news the Astros traded Lance Berkman to the Yankees – I’d like to see Berkman finish out the year there and possibly land in Chicago next year – his team option has converted into a mutual option so this could very well happen. So who do you want, Lee or Berkman or somebody else? Both players are 34 years old coming off of bad years.

Also Teddy Ballgame has still not been moved, my conclusion is that Hendry won’t trade Lilly for chump change. I’d like to see the Cubs hold on to Lilly if they can’t get good value – let’s offer him arbitration and see what happens.

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