Cubs 2 @ Brewers 8
Today’s game was tough to watch. There was a glimmer of hope in my heart that there would be some fight left in the Cubbies after how close the game was last night. But alas, those hopes were dashed as we were beat 8-2 by Chris Volstad and Starlin Castro. Here’s the rap:
Offense: Mr. DeJesus picked up right where he left off, smacking a double to lead off the game. Then Tony Campana got a bunt single and moved him to third. These first two at-bats were really great, and I had a very positive outlook for the game. But then Castro GIDP to score DeJesus (no RBI, though) and LaHair struck out, leaving him hitless in his last 7 at-bats. After that, the Cubs bats were pretty quiet; Campana was our leading hitter today, going 2-4 with an RBI double. The Brewers’ TV broadcaster complimented him as “a pesky offensive presence.” My mom has adopted him as her third child, fanatically cheering for him every time he steps up to the plate. If he can’t win over the tough, stats-crazy man portion of the Cubs’ fan base by his hitting, he has a good chance of winning over the motherly, female portion of it by his boyish features.
Defense: The defense was less than good. When Braun was caught in a sloppy rundown, Nyger Morgan was able to tie the game because nobody was paying attention to him. In the fifth inning, Castro misplayed a grounder to short because he wasn’t even looking at the ball. The replay showed him looking into left field rather than at the ball. That miscue opened the door for a horrendous sixth inning: Barney started off the inning with an error on a double play that the Cubs just could not recover from. Other than that, nothing was extraordinarily bad.
Pitching: Chris Volstad was his normal, terrible self. He was alright for the first 5 innings, allowing only one run, but after that it went down the tubes. He intentionally Ishikawa to load the bases, then gave up a grand slam to Edwin Maysonet. Word has it that Sveum wanted to get Volstad to 100 pitches. My question is: What on Earth was Dale thinking? When a pitcher is struggling like Volstad is, why punish the rest of the team? There was no way our offense could have dug its way out of that hole. I shake my head at you, Dale.
Closing Thoughts: Overall, quite a disappointing game. Leading into the game, LaHair was 0 for his last 6 at-bats, and only had one hit today. Is this the beginning of a slump? Let’s hope not. But if the rest of the guys on the team can pick up some slack like DeJesus did last night, it might not be totally devastating.