Cubs 4 @ Padres 7
The 2012 Cubs are unwatchable on the road; but they’re a wild card team at home. Don’t believe me? 16-41 on the road, a .285 winning percentage. At home? 27-24, a .529 clip. That home percentage would slot them in ahead of Tampa Bay in the AL playoff race. Maybe they should start wearing pinstripes to away games.
Oh, that’s right – this is a recap. Nothing much to see here. Brooks Raley gave the Cubs what you would expect, 4 innings of extended batting practice for the Padres. Pitching against players who had mostly never seen him before, in perhaps the most favorable pitchers park in MLB history – Raley was unbelievably predictable. Quentin’s 3-run bomb sealed the Cubs’ fate early.
You Knew It Was Over…
If you were awake and holding out any hope after the Cubs dug a 4-run hole in the third, that was gone before 6 more outs could be completed. Leading off the 4th, contact-averse Brett Jackson drew his one walk of the evening (and in doing so saved himself from a second consecutive golden sombrero – just barely). Castro hit a bullet to center – it was caught, and Rizzo lined into a sharp double play at short. Vagaries of line drives. Two hard hit balls and the Cubs got nothing; before the bottom of the fourth ended, the deficit ballooned to 7-0 and the only intrigue left – for me anyway – was whether or not Keith Moreland would stop saying ‘Bev-i-LOH’ and correctly say ‘Bel-i-VOH’…he eventually got it right, on accident I think. Only a pinch-hit two-run double from Vitters made it look respectable.