What Went Wrong
- Runners left on again, the 1st, 4th, 6th and 7th Cubs had at least one runner in scoring position with less than 2 outs and came up empty and left 9 on base. The Braves are the second best team in the national league for a reason; they have great starting pitching and the best bullpen in baseball.
- Casey Coleman was absolutely cruising thru 3 and 2/3 of this game he even had a 5 pitch 3rd inning. Then Dan Uggla hit a weak grounder to Ramirez and he unnecessarily tried to bare hand it when it looked like he had plenty of time to use his glove. Chipper Jones then of course singled to right followed by back to back walks which plated a run. Jason Heyward then crushed a grand slam to left center.
- Tyler Colvin bailed Quade out after looking god awful in his at bat to the end the game. If Colvin would of got a single and Aramis gets nailed at home with Tony Campana sitting on the bench, one would wonder WHAT THE %&$# is Quade thinking. Down one and two outs I don’t know what he was saving Campana for.
What Went Right
- I wish I could just say Aramis Ramirez and leave it at that, he is playing so freaking great right now. This was his first career five hit game and his second one with 4 or more hits on the season, it was unfortunately wasted because the rest of the Cubs only got 5 hits themselves. Aramis even had a rare (for the Cubs) two out and two RBI double.
- Other than the 4th Coleman and the bullpen pitched decent baseball tonight. The 8 innings not counting the 4th, they scattered 6 hits, walked 1 and didn’t give up any runs.
- Alfonso Soriano took the first pitch of 5th and planted it into the bleachers; Soriano also got a hustle double in the 6th. Side note my computer just asked me if it was a mistake for having the words Soriano and hustle in the same sentence.
Each team had a bad inning each, Cubs gave up five in the 4th and Braves fall short of topping Cubs and only gave up 4 in the 5th. I’m sure the Braves will take it and also the victory. Cubs lose their 3rd in a row and fall 5 games under .500 …. at home. Aramis Ramirez is really good and since June 1st has been one of the top 5best players in baseball, it’s a shame that we don’t have any pitching because we should be better.
Watching Michael Bourne get on base and then steal makes me wish the Cubs actually had a leadoff hitter; Cubs have 46 steals on the year while Bourne has 47. Ughhh