Today’s game was just more of the same. Maholm’s outing wasn’t awful; he only gave up 2 runs on 4 hits, with 5 walks. I’m a little surprised he didn’t give up more runs with 5 walks in 5 innings. But I am not disappointed with him. Not in the least. 2 runs is usually workable with a decent offense that can bring home the men that are in scoring position.
For some reason, it seems like the Cubs like to see how many men they can get on base without actually bringing them home. Castro was stranded in scoring position 3 times, Mather one time. Soriano did have a home run, which would have much nicer if he did it with men on base, or to put us ahead in the ninth. But, Soriano still hit a home run, and it put us on the board. That’s good, right?
Despite the meager effort by the offense, it was not enough to overcome the wrath of the Dolis. Rafael is starting to look like Marmol. I dare say Marmol got in his head. He decided to load the bases, then hit the batter to let the Pirates win. There were two outs, he had two strikes on him, and Marmol took over Dolis’ body.
It is really too bad the game had to end like it did. Casey Coleman pitched a very nice frame: 0 hits, 0 walks, 0 runs, and 2 Ks. Camp only gave up one hit. Dolis now has a record of 2-4. Call me silly, but I’m pretty sure closers should stay out of the win-loss column. They don’t belong there.
On a positive note, we didn’t have any errors tonight!
This 11 game losing streak is laughable. Some might say it is pathetic, some may say disgusting, some may be apathetic at this point. To me, it seems like each game has a secret game amongst the players. It’s called, “Let’s see how close we can make the score without actually winning.” We have wasted some pretty good outings by our starters just to have a silent offense or a horrendous bullpen outing. I’m curious to see how long this losing streak will last. We’ve finally found our niche.