Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 6, Reds 8 – September 15, 2011

The Cubs came back late only to lose it in extras. Randy Wells did the opposite of what he usually does – he was great early, before running into trouble in the middle innings. Indeed, he wasn’t able to make it out of the fifth inning, and the Cubs’ early 4-0 lead was gone rather quickly.

And Brandon Phillips is loving on the Cubs right now, with four homers in as many games. You’re welcome.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

29 responses to “Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 6, Reds 8 – September 15, 2011”

  1. MichiganGoat

    It appears that Quade wanted to make sure the entire bullpen was present.

  2. Andrew

    And (I know it’s a small sample size, so don’t crucify me) LaHair continues to distance himself ahead of Colvin as someone who deserves a shot next year. If 1 for 3 lowers your average, I’ll take that.

  3. Fishin Phil

    So does this mean we won’t be catching the Reds this year?

  4. die hard

    LaHair’s defense not as good as Colvin……I would like to see Lamehieu given a shot in outfield so can concentrate on hitting…Castro to 3rd next year makes sense if that defense hot shot in minors (whats his name?) can hit .250 and bat leadoff….should not give up on Barney as starter next year at 2nd….I think our catching situation needs tweaking…Pena having career year…not sustainable…would not care if he was replaced by Ramirez at first…if can play 3rd, can play 1st……a Soriano/LaHair platoon in left next year may be in offing if Colvin falters…got to find a place for Campana….need to find 3 starting pitchers that are not in rotation now which may have to come via free agency…

    1. Hogie

      I would way rather see DJ get a legit shot at second base over Barney. Barney’s numbers right now are about what he averaged in the minors. Keep him for a sub at short and second, but DJ has way more upside.

  5. Baseballet

    LaHair also had two walks to go with his hit (and two strikeouts).  His OBP is .531 so he’s been on a great little run.  Even if he turns out to be Pena-Lite, his versatility (first base, LF, RF) would seem to make him at least a credible bench player for the Cubs next season.  Toss the chop sticks and pick up a fork Bryan, you’re staying where you belong in the city of big shoulders.  Let’s all enjoy LaHair Fever while it lasts!

  6. deej34

    Need more complete sentences.. Hard understand you point times…

    1. Caleb

      I know… right…I’ve pointed this… out before…glad someone else…notices…

      1. MichiganGoat

        During the 24-hour trade deadline blogathon, I went on a rant over use of the  ellipse point (…) that permeate some of these comments. They have a purpose but when they are used like periods it just looks like a schizophrenic typing.

        My favorite grammar site Grammar Girl gives a good breakdown over the use of the ellipses http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/ellipsis.aspx

  7. joeybats7

    this Dj lamehieu love has to stop, he is trash! i would take barney over him any day, barney hits for a higher average and plays better D than Dj. send Dj back to double A were he belongs!

  8. joeybats7

    i’ll do the honors papa bear. 43 at-bats, 11 hits, 0 homers, 0 triples, 2 doubles 9 singles,and a whopping 256 BA, with a sexy 273 OBP.

    1. willis

      Because all judgments should be made after 43 at bats…right? Dude has way more upside than Barney and he could be the 2B of the future, so slow the hatred down homie.

  9. Ronnie

    Sorry papa(Brett) I have to agree with Joey, i mean if lemahieu gets the job at 2nd, then we mind as well let campana start in center next year. there both trash, and the only thing campana is usefull for is pinch running (20-21)

  10. MichiganGoat

    I love how my “Papa Bear” nickname has taken on some traction…

  11. MichiganGoat

    It just makes us more likely to use it- Papa Bear