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Derek Lowe handled the Cubs, as he always seems to, but once again the Braves’ defense hooked the Cubs up. Carlos Marmol even recorded his 30th save, which is pretty incredible when you think about (1) how few wins the Cubs have had available to save, and (2) how many saves Marmol has blown.

Alfonso Soriano went deep, and Aramis Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 13. But, you know the story…

  • Dave

    Only 15 left on base? Improvement!

    • Dave

      Also, random time for my gravatar to start working…..

    • MichiganGoat

      Always look on the bright side of life

    • Joe Cartwright

      That’s one depressing improvement…….

  • Joe Cartwright

    You know what shocked me? 4 WALKS!!!!!!!! Count’em! 1,2,3,4!!!!!!! That and the fact that we got Lowe’s pitch count in the 50s in the 2nd inning.

    • Dave

      Lowe is something like 127 years old, hell he won 34 games for the 1900 Brooklyn Superbas, so his command is bound to be erratic at times.

  • Caleb

    Law school orientation… I check my phone for BN updates…”you can’t use your phone!”

    “um, last time i checked, fuck off.”

    Cubs rule.

    • MichiganGoat

      Your going to be a fine lawyer

      • TWC

        Right, Caleb’s a slam dunk. It’s you as an English teacher that we worry about.

        • Matt Murton

          It’s all about Med-School baby

          • Internet Random

            ^^^
            You kids listen to this guy.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Come on, TWC. His going to be a fine teacher.

    • Internet Random

      I hate to tell you, but that’s as good as it gets. Everything from here on out is worse.

      Cheers.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      You are starting off on the right foot. I dig.

  • TWC

    Anyone near Wrigley able to do me a solid? Can you go and slash Chip Caray’s tires for me? Whadda dooooooosh.

    Like, when Uecker substitutes “Brewers” for “Cubbies” (which I’ve heard on several occasions), he’s always pleasant about it: “… so I’ll root, root, root for the Brewers, and you’ll do the same for the Cubs.” I never get the feeling that he’s trying to be a dick. But Chip … man, that dude irks me.

    • Internet Random

      Yeah, I’ve never forgiven Chip for defecting. I’m normally a “business is business” and a live-and-let-live kind of a guy, but not with Chip.

      Stoney, on the other hand, I’ve forgiven… and given where he wound up, that says a lot.

    • Spencer

      I was at the game tonight, but I was out in the bleachers so I couldn’t hear what he said during the stretch…did he say Braves? Also, fans in the center field bleachers were starting the wave, and Gonzalez promptly hit a HR to center. DON’T DO THE WAVE AT WRIGLEY!

  • Falselife

    Time for the Bryan LaHair watch! He notched 5 RBI for the second consecutive game with 2 HR’s tonight. I know the PCL is a hitting league, but still, .336, 36 home runs and 105 RBI and an OPS of 1.082 is an impressive stat line. Dude knocks in runs..maybe with Pena hitting the road we can at least get him some at bats and see if any of it translates at the next level. Side note, Jackson is looking good. Still is a bit aggressive and chases some, but his potential is obvious.

  • RY

    anyone have any theories why we suck so much ass with runners in scoring position? and holy crap, maybe randy wells can actually have success pitching! nice job!

    • Fishin Phil

      My theory is our hitters get too anxious. They don’t work for a good hitter’s count and flail at anything thrown to them.

    • Internet Random

      I think our fearless host summed it up best recently when he referred to everyone other than Ramirez, Barney, and Castro crapping their pants with RISP.

  • RY

    its all about discipline, focus, and desire, three qualities this organization severly lacks from top to bottom!

  • BT

    I’m thinking that since the Cubs hit .270 with runners in scoring position in July, that maybe it’s just something that fluctuates, and doesn’t reflect anything in the big picture.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Well, one could just as easily say that the .270 was an aberrant fluctuation, and the much lower number the rest of the year is the true reflection of this team’s ability with RISP. I’m not saying I agree with either thought – just pointing it out.

  • BT

    Right. One could also say we are playing better teams. Or that the wrong guys are coming up with people on base. Or that many guys are slumping. In other words, there are probably myriad reasons why the team can’t hit with runners in scoring position in August, so making sweeping statements about organizational structure based on one month’s worth of BAWRSP is probably premature.

  • Internet Random

    We’re 130 games into the season and the team RISP avg is .233.

    • hardtop

      i actually expected it to be lower, like .180. its actually amazing, i would think, given the law of averages, itd be almost impossible to accomplish what the cubs have done this year with respect to leaving guys on.

      • Internet Random

        Well, compare that to an overall avg of .262.

      • Internet Random

        And .284 with nobody on base.

      • Internet Random

        To me, it just echos the overarching problem: We have players who can perform when it doesn’t count, and choke when it does. See, e.g., our recent performance.

        • MichiganGoat

          Exactly, which is why I’m not in favor of bringing back any of our vets, even if it means we struggle next year. There is a systemic flaw in culture of the team and a compete cleansing maybe the only solution.

          • Fishin Phil

            ” There is a systemic flaw in culture of the team and a compete colon cleansing maybe the only solution.”

            I agree with this!

            • MichiganGoat

              That awesome!

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