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Game 54: The Streak Dies

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Box Score / Highlights

Star of the Game – Jason Kubel – .384 (WPA)


Jeff Samardzija pitched pretty well – 11 strikeouts and one ER through 6 innings. He was pulled in the seventh after his 115th pitch of the night. The pitch count was a tad high, but overall he pitched well.

The offense was pretty good, too. David DeJesus and Nate Schierholtz had doubles, Starlin Castro took one for the team, Anthony Rizzo drew a walk, Soriano hit a sac fly – all in the first. Schierholtz later hit a solo shot to tie the game at 4 in the seventh. All in all, not a bad night offensively.

When the game moved into the later innings, Jamie Quirk (filling in because Dale was ejected in the 2nd) learned a hard lesson that should have been learned a long time ago: our bullpen is not good. Specifically: Carlos Marmol. He loaded the bases and then dished up a grand slam to Paul Goldschmidt.

Surprising? It shouldn’t be. Frustrating? No, it’s infuriating. The problems and potential solutions have been hashed and rehashed so many times that talking about them is like beating a dead horse. We’re stuck with what we’ve got.

Unfortunately, that means we have to suffer with Marmol. I wish we didn’t. He could be cut, or he could be sent to the DL with a stubbed toe or jammed thumb. I would be happy if he did not have to pitch again.

I would be happy because I feel bad for him. Everybody, including Marmol himself, knows that Marmol stinks. But people like to reinforce that fact with boos, curses, and degrading slurs directed at players who stink. If you’re a fan of a team, doing those things to your own players is classless. That kind of behavior is for Cardinals fans. Unfortunately, many Cubs fans were acting like Cardinals fans after Marmol’s outing. Like I said before, everyone knows he is bad. It was embarrassing to see Cubs fans act like that.

But, on a lighter note, we have the advantage in grand slams for the week, leading our opponents 2-1. Five game winning streaks end. In the case of the Cubs, they end  very, very badly. Thankfully the season is still youngish and the Cubs have showed us this past week that they are totally capable of being a decent team. Five game winning streaks end. In the case of the Cubs, they end  very, very badly.

June got off to a rough start, but there are 29 days left in the best month of the year and summer is finally getting into full swing. The best memories are made in the summer; hopefully Rizzo and Company will make some good ones for us this month.

  • BLPCB

    Theo, please just release Marmol already. He won’t even get you a sack of cement to fix up the stadium, let alone a lotto ticket, and a Subway meal.

    Just give him his dough and tell him to pack his bags.

  • AC0000000

    Theo, please just release Marmol already. He won’t even get you a sack of cement to fix up the stadium, let alone a lotto ticket, and a Subway meal.

    Just give him his dough and tell him to pack his bags.

  • Doug S.

    You raise an interesting point about showing some class to your own team, or any team for that matter. Pretty sure Marmol can bring out the worst in people. I’ve tried to put myself in his place and imagine what he’s thinking. I’d probably think I was stealing from the fans. As a fan I’d like to think that I wouldn’t resort to classless behavior. I hope I’m right at the end of the month when I’m at 3 Cubs games at Safeco. Maybe Marmol will have stubbed toe or jammed thumb by then.

  • Doug S.

    You raise an interesting point about showing some class to your own team, or any team for that matter. Pretty sure Marmol can bring out the worst in people. I’ve tried to put myself in his place and imagine what he’s thinking. I’d probably think I was stealing from the fans. As a fan I’d like to think that I wouldn’t resort to classless behavior. I hope I’m right at the end of the month when I’m at 3 Cubs games at Safeco. Maybe Marmol will have stubbed toe or jammed thumb by then.

  • I feel your nose could be more triangular. Go Cubs.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      I believe Katie’s nose is just angular, she needs another side for the other 2 angles.

  • I feel your nose could be more triangular. Go Cubs.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      I believe Katie’s nose is just angular, she needs another side for the other 2 angles.

  • Doc Raker

    Len said Marmol is bound to get better, he is just to good a pitcher to pitch into such bad luck. I believe in Marmol, I believe in Len and I believe in little green men that move my furniture around when I am sleeping.

  • Doc Raker

    Len said Marmol is bound to get better, he is just to good a pitcher to pitch into such bad luck. I believe in Marmol, I believe in Len and I believe in little green men that move my furniture around when I am sleeping.

  • BLPCB

    Watching my first Cubs game on the idiot box in nearly 2 years. Deshies really sounds like Dan Roan

    • Cap’n Obvious

      How is it possible that you’ve made 16,838 comments here in 2 years and only actually seen 1 god forsaken game? This is a serious question. How do you form opinions? Based on radio and replays?

      • Anyone can reply to every single comment, whether they see any games or not. Would you like me to demonstrate this week? Nevermind, I actually have to work.

      • Jedi

        For a guy still harping on Dusty Baker, I think it’s obvious how (and when) CAPS has formed his opinions.

      • BLPCB

        HEY! I hate Dusty Baker

      • BLPCB

        I said I haven’t seen one on the idiot box in a long time. Last year at Disney, the apartments don’t have WGN. Where I was staying previously, the woman I was renting from didn’t have cable because she spent all her money on pot.

      • Doc Raker

        So how do you follow the games?

      • BLPCB

        I read the papers, follow online, watch highlights etc.

      • Jedi

        He’s half of a sabermetrician…the irrational half.

      • Bingo.

  • AC0000000

    Watching my first Cubs game on the idiot box in nearly 2 years. Deshies really sounds like Dan Roan

    • Cap’n Obvious

      How is it possible that you’ve made 16,838 comments here in 2 years and only actually seen 1 god forsaken game? This is a serious question. How do you form opinions? Based on radio and replays?

      • Anyone can reply to every single comment, whether they see any games or not. Would you like me to demonstrate this week? Nevermind, I actually have to work.

      • Jedi

        For a guy still harping on Dusty Baker, I think it’s obvious how (and when) CAPS has formed his opinions.

      • AC0000000

        HEY! I hate Dusty Baker

      • AC0000000

        I said I haven’t seen one on the idiot box in a long time. Last year at Disney, the apartments don’t have WGN. Where I was staying previously, the woman I was renting from didn’t have cable because she spent all her money on pot.

      • Doc Raker

        So how do you follow the games?

      • AC0000000

        I read the papers, follow online, watch highlights etc.

      • Jedi

        He’s half of a sabermetrician…the irrational half.

      • Bingo.