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Randy Wells gave up his usual runs in the first, and then was throwing batting practice thereafter. That he gave up only four runs on two homers was nothing short of a miracle. And Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena got those four runs back with homers of their own.

The winning run scored on a squeeze… which the Nats attempted twice before getting it right. That proves either that the squeeze is absolutely indefensible, or Mike Quade’s handling of the situation is absolutely indefensible. I’ll let you work that one out.

  • die hard

    out managed again…. Ricketts getting money’s worth though…. but we must lead the league in signing 16 yr olds from other countries…our 5 yr plan…hopefully Ricketts will find a way to fund operations while losing 25% of fan base….rabbit out of hat time

  • ry

    please clean house now; i wonder if the ricketts will continue to sit on their hands with their thumbs up their asses when washington finishes the sweep tomorrow and then we get swept by pittsburgh. i like wood a lot but he has been absolutely horrible since he came back from the dl but of course wells has also been atrocious since coming back too.

    • Bazfan1234

      I like Wood also, but he really hasn’t done that well all year. Granted his ERA does not reflect that, but it seems like he is always getting in trouble or he can’t hold the game when coming in with runners on.
      The Cubs are outmanaged, have terrible fundamentals, and cannot manufacture runs. This season keeps getting more and more boring….

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        For whatever reason, Wood’s ERA does not seem to reflect his performance this year. Good point.

  • Dave

    The Cubs are still playing? Baseball? Really?

    • Joe

      Yep, but I think Soriano is going to switch to golf instead.

  • Serio

    What did we get for Gorzelanny?

    • Joe

      Graham Hicks, pitcher – now on Peoria Chiefs
      A.J Morris, pitcher – no idea where he is
      Michael Burgess, outfielder – no idea where he is
      All were playing at some level of A ball with the Nationals.

  • Michigan Goat

    Hell this year makes me miss Silva and Marquis de Suck

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    ace how many 1run games have we lost year? I think we lead the majors in 1run loses..also all ya Ramirez haters..look at him now!

    • STG3

      Who care we are losing when he is playing well and we are losing when he is playing badly. He doesn’t seem to be a difference maker so who needs him. Now shut up about, it.

      • Joe

        Well said.

    • Raul

      Let’s end this once and for all.
      Scenario 1: Ramirez plays badly and we lose.
      Scenario 2: Ramirez plays badly and we win.
      Scenario 3: Ramirez plays well and we lose.
      Scenario 4: Ramirez plays well and we win. (most likely not from Ramirez alone)
      No matter what happens, it doesn’t hurt us one bit. Trying to throw Ramirez (a CUB btw) playing well in the faces of CUBS fans doesn’t work. I still don’t get why you like it when the Cubs lose. If none of the rest of this gets through your thick skull, then get this one thing straight. NO OTHER TEAMS WILL WANT A PLAYER THAT HAS GOOD STATS IF IT DOESN’T TRANSLATE TO WINS FOR THE TEAM!!!!!!!!

      • EQ

        So…. Ramy has a good year and the Cubs still suck so nobody wants him? That’s a fairly weak and ridiculous statement. I didn’t realize that you can only put up good numbers if your team is winning.. I guess all those years that Sandberg, Banks, Dawson, Santo, etc, were good but they didn’t win, nobody else wanted them either.

        Ramy was a key piece to 3 playoff teams this past decade and put up consistent numbers for several years in a row.. his “perceived” lack of hustle wasn’t a problem the years when we were winning..

        I agree it’s probably time to cut ties and move on if not this year, then next, but come on, quit acting like his numbers don’t matter. How about we turn our focus off of ARAM and put it on our real problem, our pitching staff’s under-performance. If our pitching didn’t suck so bad, maybe Aramis would look better to many ignorant people.

        • CubFan Paul

          i 100% agree u..

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Minor point: some folks have always complained about Ramirez’s perceived lack of hustle (*raises hand*).

          • MichiganGoat

             – That’s my raised hand

        • Raul

          Sorry. I didn’t read that before I posted it. That sentence isn’t anywhere close to my point. What I mean is, don’t sell him as a guy who can carry a team because it’s pretty obvious that he can’t. I’m not saying he doesn’t have a good bat. He can be a major contributor at times. Just not on a team that has only two other (very inconsistent) power hitters. Pena is heating up too but Soriano isn’t producing very much since coming off the DL(more like since he hit his 12th hr). He’d be better on a team that has power but just needs a little more.
          And I’m really glad(kind of) that I’ve always seen a lack of hustle from him. I really don’t like the players that only try hard when they’re winning. It’s not something to be proud of.

    • awesome

      better to trade him now than a year too late.

  • CBP

    Aram is hotter right now then I think ever before in his career

  • CubFan Paul

    ..ugh

  • Joe

    Hey Brace (somebody else used this one earlier and I liked it), do you know where the other two “prospects” we got for Gorzelanny ended up? I know Graham Hicks is on the Peoria Chiefs, but I have no idea where A.J Morris and Michael Burgess are!

    • Zach

      Michael Burgess is in Daytona and I have no clue where A.J. Morris is either.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Morris – who was already 24 when the Cubs got him – ended up having shoulder surgery in the offseason, and he’s been rehabbing ever since. It’s a bummer, because he was the one guy in the deal who was expected to be a contributor relatively soon in the bullpen. Now, who knows. He hasn’t pitched yet this year.

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    stg3…eat a dick

    • STG3

      True hurt a little too much poor baby. The True is it doesn’t matter how good he is its not effecting the out come of the game. So. Talk him into taking and trade and get something that we can use to make us better later. I understand he is most likely you favorite player but GM and management can’t allow personal feeling about players.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’ve said before that I don’t want to police this place too heavily, but let’s try to keep it a little more high-minded than “eat a dick.”

      • jstraw

        Can you police the use of the English language? That would be really cool.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          I try…

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    Raul your an idiot…pitching wins games…but Ramirez has put the cubs on his back and has kept them in games or gave us the lead only to blow due to bad management or pitching

    • Raul

      Oh? Really?!?!? So that’s why we’re 35-53! Ramirez has been carrying the club! That’s something that he doesn’t have the ability to do! If you haven’t noticed, he’s only been hot for two weeks. Where was he for the first two months of the season? He might be good but he definitely isn’t good enough to carry a team.
      And, no shit! Really? Pitching does help win games. But, you know what helps when the pitchers are struggling? Solid defense! Another point where Ramirez is lacking (his highest fielding percentage is a .971)! But that’s off-track. Lots of clubs make up for poor pitching with either good defense or good offense. Blaming the pitching is a convenient excuse.

      If you get it, good. If you don’t, oh well. I’m done. It’s pretty obvious that STG3 nailed you and left you speechless. Your response to me was something you couldn’t come up with when you were responding to him. By the way, try some actual sentences! It’s like someone who is high and can’t speak quickly, so their sentences are all broken up.

      • Michigan Goat

        Well said! It’s meaningless to engage a poster who resorts to middle school rhetoric and refuses to give a logical statistical supported argument. I’ve said my piece about ARam and hope he continues this resurgence but it’s time to move on.

  • chris margetis

    Legit question: What’s our record since Aram and Pena have gone on their respective tears? My guess is their production has not been nearly as impactful as it would have been earlier.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Given that the Cubs have gone from about 10 under .500 to 18 under over the past month, I’d say you’re right.

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    That’s because of pitching and poor management ..so you idiots think it’s Pena and ARams fault?..if it weren’t for them..we would probably be worse than were now..I am surprised that hendry was able to get one thing right..bottom line is iam very passionate about this team just like the rest of you folks ..the difference is you don’t trade your most consistent player

    • STG3

      Here is the problem with your logic, Like I have said the Cubs are a Bad team and it does really matter how he is playing. Yes it is because of other factor that they are playing badly and I don’t remember saying that Ramirez or Pena were the reason they were losing. The way the Cubs are put together at the moment are not going to contend for the next couple years. So, trading pieces of value like Ramirez and Pena to get back a package of 3 to 4 prospect each to help fill these voids causing us to lose.

    • Raul

      I’ve gotten the impression that you’re only passionate about Ramirez…. I mean, you do try to shove in everyone’s face when he does well and the Cubs lose.

      I know I said I was done but, Oh Well….

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