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Casey Coleman pitched adequately in Ryan Dempster’s stead, and actually left with the lead. But the bullpen – particularly Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol – couldn’t hold it. Notably, the tying and winning runs scored without the benefit of a hit to drive them in.

It was a rough day at the top of the Cubs’ order, too, with Fukudome, Barney and Castro going a combined 0-14.

  • steven

    It Is kinda depressing seeing these box scores everyday.. another day and another loss..

  • Rev. Bud Green

    Well glad I spent the day on the lake again. When was the last time the Cubs were even fun to watch?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That walk-off homer by Soto last week was pretty fun.

    • Dan0mite

      8 beers in.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Ha. Nice.

  • Toosh

    Another day. Another unique way to lose.

  • awesome

    didn’t see the game but the score sheet shows Wood and Marmol with no runs allowed. unless one of Woods walks forced in a run Marshall left on.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Both allowed inherited runners to score. Wood on a walk, Marmol on a WP.

  • ry

    it is hard to believe that as much as the cubs suck, they are still 6 games from having the worst record in baseball.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Race to the bottom!

      • Steven

        were looking for that first round draft pick next year…

        • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

          Yeah that’ll help turn things around!

  • TSB

    Key moment: Byrd not breaking up the double play attempt in the 9th, not even coming close to taking out the fielder at second. Could it be that Byrd is still a little gun-shy about getting hit in the face by the ball? If yes, I don’t blame him.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      It made you wonder – not the right team to show fear to, though. The Nats are looking for a CFer.

  • Joe

    At least it wasn’t a wild pitch while trying to intentionally walk the batter…..

  • Toosh

    That would’ve been Cub-like.

    • Joe

      The marlins did it against the mariners and lost because of it. But I expected something like that today.

  • Curt

    Why is it when the cubs need to put down a sac bunt they don’t seem to be able to (campana) but the nationals come up do it easily then steal 3rd without a throw and then a wildpitch, this team just can’t do the little things consistently hey of the youngsters tht have been brought it up how many do everyone think have actual major league ability

  • PFK

    Fundamentals! The Cubs are awful whe it comes to the fundamentals – the little things that make a big difference. This game was a perfect example. The inability to know how to slide cost Pena being safe at home. And slide but the one he did and he’s safe. Byd’s failure to try and break up the double play cost the split second need fo a safe call at first. Marmol and Soto ignoring the runner on second, allowing him to steal third and Camapna’s inability to lay down a bunt, outfielders missing the cutoff man, not being aware of the situational hitting required in an at bat -to name a few. Fundamentals. Combine this with a manager who rarely uses all the tools to keep the other team on it’s toes…hit and run, run and hit, sac bunts, safety squeeze plays, double steals, etc. The great managers always keep the other team thinking. We may hate the Cards but they have a manager that is always thinking. Bobby Cox was the same. You don’t always have to be doing something but you are known for doing it and the other team is always wondering when you are going to do it. The distraction of wondering what is next is a huge weapon. Sometimes you do it knowing it probably wont work, just because it keeps them guessing. Baseball is such a beautiful game when the fundamentals are executed and the strategies available are employed. The Cubs do neither.

    • PFK

      Ouch! Typo city. Dang iPad doesn’t allow you to go back and read and correct a long post that exceeds this space. I wasn’t drunk. Really.

      • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

        We can tell!

        • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

          Oh – you said you *weren’t* drunk.
          My apologies and we won’t judge you by your typos.
          I actually had a boss once who thought the word was “type o’s”…

  • willis

    Have you guys noticed Castro’s freefall since being put back in the 3rd spot…where he shouldn’t be? It happened once this year, then he was put back in the 2nd spot, and killed it. Then dummy puts him back in the 3 spot, and it took less than two weeks to drop 20 or so points on his average. Nicely done.

  • pfk

    Next to running Russell out there every 5 days to get clobbered, having Castro hit third is most baffling. And leaving starters in too long…or DeJesus waving a runner home who is clearly going to be out by 20 feet (who was that third base coach we had a few years ago that eventually was fired because he was so bad?)….I’m just baffled.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Waving Wendell Kim.

      • pfk

        Ah yes, thanks. Waving Wendell….”Send ‘Em in Kim.” Man was he atrocious! Another great addition to Cubs lore. Who are some others?

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