There she blows.

Matt Garza was decent, if not economical, through five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth, partly thanks to an error by late sub Joe Mather at third base. Mather screwed up a could-have-been double-play ball, and, since you can’t assume the double-play would happen, only one of the subsequent runs that scored counted as “unearned.” The bullpen came in and made sure the game turned into something more like a blowout.

  • Rylee

    Wow another 3 K’s from Lahair..if I am correct I believe that is 6 in the last 2 games.

  • CubsFan4Life

    It is amazing how fast you post the EBS after the game ends. Great Job Brett.

  • Matt M

    Soriano with an assist? Wow!

    • MaxM1908

      He’s really upped his game on defense this year. I will be a little disappointed if we just give him away. While I know any amount of salary relief and the roster spot are valuable, I think Soriano is playing more like Soriano circa 2006, and therefore I’d hope we’d get more for him than a bag of BP balls.

      • Chad

        “More like Soriano circa 2006″…….

        2006 Soriano – 277/351/560 – 46 HR, 95 RBI, 41 SB

        I WISH.

        • MaxM1908

          Well, his current 2012 slash line is: .276/.325/.505 with 12 HR and 40 RBIs. While, his power and base running is not what it once was, he’s still playing at a pretty elite level these past few weeks.

          • Chad

            Exactly…..”these past few weeks”.

            Do you think he keeps that up all year? If so I’d like what ever you are smoking. Soriano always goes on a two/three week hot streek and then he will slump for another three weeks. When he slumps, his numbers will fall right back down to crap. There is no way, at the end of the season that his numbers will resemble anything like 2006. If they did, we wouldn’t be talking about dumping him.

      • Ian Afterbirth

        I agree it is kind of fun to watch him have a bit of a resurgence.

        It feels like every time he has a good game it’s like spitting in the eye of those who get morbid satisfaction of being negative and hating on players and not able to enjoy a player’s good performance for its own sake.

        Just enjoy Sori’s hot streak, give him his props, and hope he continues to do well for his next team (if we are fortunate enough trade him).

        Why be so negative (those of you above)?
        Just because Max mentioned 2006 (which I think he’d agree wasn’t exactly what he meant)?

  • djriz

    Ian Stewart going to DL. Anybody think it will be Vitters? Or do we have to live with two weeks of Mather, Baker and Cardenas? (okay, at least Cardenas would be giving the ‘future’ a chance).

    • James

      CSN reports Vitters will most likely not be getting called up.

      • Kyle

        That’s the correct call. I’m as happy as anyone that Vitters is holding his own at AAA, but that’s all he’s doing. A call-up would only expose him to pitching he’s not nearly ready for and waste development time.

    • Njriv

      It looks like Valbuena will get the call.

      • djriz

        Then Lake to AAA?

        • Luke

          Not unless they intend to keep him in Triple A.  It is possible, but I would not expect it.

          • Njriv

            My exact thought Luke.

  • NoOffense

    If the Cubs actually trade Soriano we will literally score 0 runs a game.

  • Luke

    FYI.  Matt Cain’s taken a perfect game into the seventh.

    • The Show

      Don’t get me wrong, I think perfect games and no-hitters are both outstanding accomplishments, but with what it seems to be no-hitters and perfect games being taken into at least the 6th or 7th inning almost everyday, is it me or do they not seem as special as they used to? I know no-hitters usually happen at least twice per year but I remember when perfect games were such a rarity, usually they would occur 4 or so years apart. I remember when Wells and Cone did it in back to back years, then there was a big gap until Randy Johnson did it in 2004 (On that night I attended my very first Cubs game) and it took about 5 years for it to happen again (Buehrle). Since 2009, there has been 4 perfect games! To me they have lost just a little zest.

  • Idaho Razorback

    Cain’s perfect attempt is on ESPN now.

    • Toby

      Speaking of the Giants, but do you think Lincecum could become available?

  • supergeek24

    I think vitters and bjax will be traded in some package deal

    • calicubsfan007

      Vitters, I am certain. Jackson, I am not sure of that.

    • Lou Cub

      There is no way BJax gets dealt, Dale Sveum loves the kid, said this Spring he’s one of the most exciting prospects he’s been around (including Fielder/Braun etc)

      • Richard Nose

        ‘one of the…’? One of the what? One of the 2 most exciting? One of the 5 most exciting? One of the 20 most exciting? One of the 50 most exciting?

  • calicubsfan007

    Anybody know the stat line for Valbuena? I want to know that we brought the right guy up.

  • supergeek24

    I just want that Damn catcher from the bluejays

    • calicubsfan007

      @supergeek: We have a pretty good catcher for the future already though.

      • The Show

        Travis d’Arnaud is probably the best catching prospect in the game, but I doubt Toronto lets him go. I think the Cubs will go after pitching than anything else.

        • Luke

          They might let J.P. Arencibia go though.  He has lots of power and is not likely to hit for average, but still has some upside to his game.  If the Cubs wanted him, he could come back as part of a package and split time with Clevenger behind the plate for the next few seasons.

        • Nathan

          I saw d’Arnaud play today live. Looks I great prospect. Definitely comparing him and Gose, d’Arnaud is the way better prospect in my opinion.

  • calicubsfan007

    Congrats Cain for the perfect game!

    • Leroy K

      They compared it to Kerry Wood’s 1998 game. Interesting. Matt Cain had a game score of 101… that is tied for the 2nd-highest in any 9-inning game in the live-ball era. The highest is 105 by Kerry Wood in his 20-strikeout game in 1998.

  • supergeek24

    I know I thank clavnger its pretty good I just ready for the rebuliding to really begain

  • mudge

    Yeah, Matt Cain, so you perfectoed the Astros. I hope you’re proud of yourself, dude. What are you gonna do next, no-hit the Cubs and Padres? Strike out 27, why don’tcha.

  • Joepoe123

    Umm when I look at the recent comments at the top on the right there is a soler picture blocking 3/4 of the comment is this happening to anyone else?

  • Joepoe123

    Hunter cervenka perfect again!!!!
    (0.63 ERA)!!!!!!

    • MaxM1908

      That Byrd trade is not looking so bad now, particularly since we could always sign him again if we really wanted him. Sox lost two prospects and have nothing to show for it.

  • willis

    With Campana leading off and DeJesus hitting third…there haven’t been many wins. Maybe like 2? Or 1? Not a good lineup.

    Put DeJesus back where he is comfortable. This is simple:

    R. Johnson

  • Jeff

    Our achillies heel, we have no #3 hitter!!!

  • mudge

    I think Castro should lead off, DeJesus second. DeJesus can work a count and give Castro a chance to steal, move him over. Give Castro clear sailing at the top. LaHair or Soriano should hit third. Soriano should have hit third or cleanup since opening day. Treat him like a star and he’ll be more likely to produce like one. Sveum has handled him better than previous managers, and it’s bearing fruit. Baseball is more than numbers. There’s psychology, there’s respect. I keep hearing pundits saying a manager’s moves affect 4 or 5 games a year. Try 20 to 30. The Cubs fell apart after the idiotic Castro bunt move. An orchestra needs a conductor. It’s about trust, a word Robin Ventura walked into his job using about every other sentence. Lou Piniella lost the team’s trust when he gave the closer job to Kevin Gregg after Marmol had earned it, and he never got that trust back. Sveum may turn out to be a good manager. But so far he’s a guy with good ideas but not very intuitive with his personnel. You can crunch all the numbers you want to, but the reason we love the game is because of the power of communal spirit that makes a team into one mind. Back when the Diamondback reliever Kim got murdered for the third straight game against the Yankees in the World Series, he was doubled over in shame on the mound. Mark Grace went over and put his arm around him. That wasn’t about numbers. That was about being bigger than winning and losing. The Diamondbacks didn’t come back and win because of some random numbers deal playing out. They won because they found out what mattered in that moment and it took the pressure off. I get tired of all the nerdy throwing around of numbers, sometimes people sound like they think they’re superior to the players with this secret arcane understanding. Like academic introductions to books by famous poets, that “put them in context” for us as if that particular academic were worthy of tying Tennyson’s shoes. This leads to to people referring to men as “garbage” when they aren’t playing well (often due to injury). It’s a little creepy after a while. I’ve read lots of comments hither and yon about what a lousy player Ian Stewart is. He’s an excellent player struggling with a wrist injury. Some thoughts.

    • Leroy K

      Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical.
      Yogi Berra
      US baseball player, coach, & manager (1925 – )

      But in all seriousness I agree, people start to put so much stock in numbers they forget about emotions, trust, comradarie, and heart. Injuries happen they are part of the game. Stewart (wrist), Soriano (knee), Lahair (back), Soto (everything), These guys get injured and don’t say anything they just work hard to come back and play to the performance and to the standard that they can. The problem is fans tend to have unrealistic expectations from the players. I heard everything from WS 2012!!! for the complete homer fans, to we won’t win 10 games, from the completely idiotic fans. This is why I love bleacher nation, hardly any trolls, and good conversation.

      I am not comparing the two, but hockey and baseball have similar issues when it comes to lineups. Players get comfortable in a certain spot. If they get switched to a different spot, or a different line, then they sometimes struggle. I agree mudge the starting 4 should be Castro, Dejesus, Soriano, Lahair. How bout we go all out. Let’s bat the pitcher 8th for the rest of the season. It will be unheard of. You can put Campana in the 9th spot.

  • mudge

    Sounds good to me. Rizzo sounds even better, 3-5. Better days a-comin’. I love this blog, btw, a minimum of snarks and meanness. Thanks, Brett!

  • Cubs1967

    so stewart is on the Dl with the same problem of last year; what a bad trade. colvin is raking being played property. what the hell where they thinking and how did he pass the physical?

    • MichiganGoat

      Um where would Colvin play? The answer: The Bench. We had a gluttony of OF and as we see Colvin is a platoon/bench player at best not exactly the type of player you build around. We took a risk with Stewart and as of now it’s not looking good but he is a stop gap until another 3B comes up. I also get the impression that your goal everyday is too come on here and complain about two minor trades. We all understand, you think Theo is worthless and a fool – do you have anything else to contribute?

  • BD

    Is it too early in the rebuilding process to bring in a piece like Chase Headley? Still wishing they had picked him up in the winter.

  • gritsngravy