Cubs 3 @ Brewers 4

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

What Went Right

  • Bryan LaHair went deep again. His 12th homer of the season gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead in the 8th.  His current line is .311/.390/.598. Is he heading to the All Star Game?
  • Matt Garza turned in six solid innings, allowing only two runs and punching out six Brewers.
  • Koyie Hill actually got a hit and drove in a run. What are the odds?

What Went Wrong

  • The 8th inning lead didn’t last long. The Brewers tied it up in their half and then won it in the 10th.
  • Casey Coleman is still on the roster. In case you missed it, he served up the losing homer to Norichika Aoki. I know Coleman has been decent this year, but his mediocre stuff belongs in the minors, preferably for another organization.
  • Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro were a combined 0-10. Both are sporting rotten on-base percentages these days, which makes them a perfect fit for the 2012 Cubs (team on-base percentage of .304 coming into today).
  • I’m staining my deck, and it really sucks. Why didn’t I hire somebody to do this miserable job?
  • I got invited to a party in L.A., and a bunch of terrorists crashed it. They took us hostage on the 30th floor and even shot my boss, Mr. Takagi. Luckily the guy from “Moonlighting” showed up and kicked some ass. Not sure why he wasn’t wearing shoes.                          

And The Chicago Cubs Select…

With the amateur draft taking place earlier this week, I thought it might be fun (or extremely depressing) to look back at a few of the Cubs former first-rounders. Read ΄em and weep…

  • Don Schulze, 1980: Not much to get excited about during Schulze’s six-year career. However, he was a spare part in the Rick Sutcliffe deal, so I guess that counts for something.
  • Drew Hall, 1984: Selected number three overall, Drew was a huge bust. He only lasted five seasons and put up a career ERA of 5.21. And here are a few players the Cubs said “no thank you” to that year—Cory Snyder, Jay Bell, Norm Charlton, and some guy named Mark McGwire.
  • Ty Griffin, 1988: Griffin was the “can’t miss” kid who missed big time. He never appeared in the Majors and was out of the game at age 29. I still wake up with a tear in my eye over this one.
  • Derek Wallace, 1992: Wallace knocked around the Minors for eight seasons and threw only 33 career innings as a big leaguer. In 1995 the Cubs pedaled him to Kansas City in the Brian McRae trade. One for the good guys!
  • Jon Garland, 1997: Certainly not a super star, but Garland’s career has been pretty respectable—12 seasons, 330 GS, 2,083 IP, 4.32 ERA. Of course none of that work was for the Cubs, as they dealt him to the White Sox in 1998 for the great Matt Karchner.
  • Lou Montanez, 2000: How is this guy still in baseball? He must have incriminating pictures of the commissioner. Or maybe he’s mastered the Jedi Mind Trick (not that Jedi).
  • Bobby Brownlie, 2002: Another bust, Brownlie racked up 817 mediocre Minor League innings and never sniffed Chicago. He retired from baseball in 2010.
  • Mark Pawelek, 2005: I saw him throw in A ball, and he didn’t look good. He was shut down with an injury soon after. Last I heard he was pitching in an Independent League, but I don’t know if that’s actually true. Hard to believe he’s only 25.

Now don’t you feel better about this year’s haul? Here’s wishing good health to the new draft class.

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