Why must the Cubs do that? Why must they stage an amazing comeback, only to fall just short? At least they have some fight, I guess. And I had a nice time at the game with BN’er Rob.

The Cubs’ big hole started early behind, yes, Chris Volstad. One way or another, I think Volstad’s going to be taking a break from the rotation. He struggled through two innings tonight, and was relieved in the third by a modestly effective Casey Coleman. Michael Bowden had a decent outing, too.

But Blake Parker made his debut, and it was … mixed.

  • Spencer

    Gotta think Volstad is done. Pulled after two innings? That short of a leash indicates something. Also, quick EBS for being at the game.

  • http://justinjabs.com/blog Justin Jabs

    Hahahaha. Love the Garza joke. Made me actually “lol”…

  • calicubsfan007

    When Casey Coleman outpitches you, you are screwed. But seriously, I think Coleman did a hell of a job trying to keep the Cubs in the mix. Reed Johnson just really isn’t clutch anymore, is he?

    • dob2812

      Reed Johnson, the guy who hit a pinch hit home run last Sunday?

  • jim

    FYI the ONLY reason that the CUBS “almost” won the
    game was because Philly took their star pitcher out!
    CUBS are going NOWHERE! It;s going to be a very
    long season in CHICAGO!
    p.s ANYONE ready for FOOTBALL?

    • Brady

      Where have you been? We know we are in for a long season and them pulling Roy was probably due to PC and the fact that both the previous innings we hit solo HR’s to lead them off. They decided to go with a fresh arm and it backfired (reminded me a lot of our own bullpen) . Football is months away still, sit back and enjoy the games we win and look to the future.

    • calicubsfan007

      Not really “the glass is half full” kind of guy, are ya?

  • http://bleachernation.com RicoSanto

    They are more fun to watch than last year with Quade . I predict a series win against the Sox.. At least 1/2 of this roster will not be on next years roster

  • Rev. Bud Green

    At least there fun to watch. Last year if they were down by two it was over.

    • calicubsfan007

      Agreed, it could be tied but there really wasn’t any excitement. It was kinda eh… moments. This year is more of hell yeah! moments.

    • WiscoCubbie

      agreed, last year was BRUTAL

  • Cecil

    Believe Halladay improved to 2-5 career v Cubs. Had a feeling it was his day when I saw Volstad was pitching opposite.

    • calicubsfan007

      It is any opposing pitchers’ day when Volstad pitches.

      • PeteG

        Agreed! Lol

  • Njriv

    On the plus side, Travis Wood pitched today as well, pitched well, got the win. He would be ready to go in 5 days in Volstad’s spot in the rotation.

  • KyleNovak

    I know this is the “fan” in me talking, but did anyone else seem puzzled (or even a bit miffed) that Sveum pinch-hit for LaHair in the ninth, not giving him a chance to continue his consecutive on-base streak? I mean, I’m sure Sveum either wanted to get Baker an AB or probably pointed to a match-up as the reason for the switch. (Diekman, the Philly pitcher who opened the ninth, was a lefty) It’s just that. . . the Cubs are down five!

    Baker did draw a walk and was part of the ninth inning rally, so in hindsight it looks great. It’s just that the Cubs were down five, already had one out and had a man on first, which were miniscule odds on a comeback.

    LaHair will probably point out that it doesn’t matter that he had the streak snapped and that a win would have been more important (which is what every athlete says in that situation, even if they don’t really believe it). I just wonder if it even crossed Dale’s mind at the time.

    All in all, it wasn’t like he had a 32-game hitting streak, so it will be forgotten rather quickly. However, it was the longest Cubs on-base streak in almost five years. Like I said, it’s the fan in me, and it would have been cool to see if he could have kept it going.

    Now if the Cubs win, then I don’t even ask this question. :)

    • art

      do you want another Quade? it’s team not personal records. just saying.

    • Cheryl

      I was puzzled by the switch too. I wondered if it means LaHair will be platooned again and not face many left handers. The other possibiities that crossed my mind were that Rizzo may be brought up and LaHair placed in LF, but it seems early to do that. LaHair’s average has falen this last week though. Then, there’s always the possibility of a trade. I didn’t even think about the personal record thing.

    • TWC

      LaHair’s streak ended yesterday, for what it’s worth (reaching on an error doesn’t count in the consecutive on-base stats). I expect Sveum’s decision was a due to a few things: one, LaHair has been mired in a bit of a slump. Two, it was the bottom of the 9th and the Cubs were losing badly. And three, the old lefty vs. righty thing that you alluded to.

      • KyleNovak

        Fair enough. I didn’t think that reaching on error and therefore getting on base didn’t count as “getting on base”. Armed with that knowledge, my original question is pretty much rendered moot.

      • Brady

        I think he saw it was a blowout and pulled him so he could at least get a little break and give someone else an AB who hasnt been getting some. We made our surge back after his AB so it wasn’t like we were in mid comeback.

  • Njriv

    Whats a Volstad?

    • art

      That’s Falstaff. kidding.

    • Rick Vaughn

      I think it’s a German automobile

      • Cubbie Blues

        No, no, no. It is German for “at least we got rid of Zambrano”.

        • Can’t think of a cool name

          That was excellent!

    • jungledrew

      I think its the part of the winter olympics biathalon that involves shooting…

  • http://www.bleachernation.com ichabod

    sorry but, from indy and love those pacers

  • dick

    The Cubs are 0-8 in Volstad’s starts and 15-15 in everyone else’s starts. Get that cluck out of the rotation and onto the street. Considering that they have played a killer schedule thus far and will play an easy schedule for the next month, the 15-15 mark should give everyone a bit of hope.

  • die hard

    time to back up the truck..keep Barney but at SS, Castro but in RF, LaHair but in LF, and Campana in CF….everyone else can go

    • drew

      That would be the worst defensive outfield in the history of the Cubs.

    • coby

      Castro in right?

    • Can’t think of a cool name

      Ummm, no.

  • Adam1680

    As a positive, Blake Parker looked like he had some good stuff. He essentially pitched his way out of that jam until he threw the ball away. Hopefully he’ll be a staple in the bullpen in the future. However, he did have that walk (I don’t know what it is with our relievers and walking guys late in the game) that was the run that cost us the game.

    It was a promising effort and at least became entertaining to watch for a few minutes.