Well, Justin Germano’s nice streak came to a screaming halt last night in Milwaukee. At least Josh Vitters hit his first homer, Lendy Castillo threw a couple scoreless frames, and Anthony Rizzo got off the schneid a bit. Welington Castillo also continues to hit.

But this guy …

  • RY34

    another great comedic performance. the cubs can produce a train wreck at any given moment!

  • Steve

    I got home to see a nice 3-1 Cub lead. I got out of the shower to see it had disappeared like the Dixie Chicks.

  • Melrosepad

    Good to see Bowden continue to do better. Hope he can stick around for the pen for next year.

    With Henshaw supposedly coming up today, who do we think is going to go down? Will it be Beliveau? Both are high strikeout- high walk lefties.

  • Sandberg

    It’s been a tough road, and the Cubs have needed a lot of things to go their way, but they have managed to work their way into 2nd place.

  • ssckelley

    You look at this Brewers lineup and you wonder why they are not competing for the division, they can hit but do not have a good pitching staff. Unfortunately the Cubs could not lay off the breaking pitch into the dirt and struck out 12 times.

  • cas-castro

    This game shows exactly how far we have to go to be competitive in this division. Hopefully the right pieces are added in the next few years. This used to be a competitive series.

    • JR

      This game shows Cubs pitching is absolute garbage now, and will be garbage next year too.

      • ssckelley

        I agree, pitching is one area that I am concerned about as well. I can get excited about all the infield/outfield prospects in the minors but all of these draft picks spent on pitchers need to start panning out. It appears the future looks bright with position players but the Cubs will have to spend a ton of money on free agent pitchers once they start coming up.

        • Drew7

          Need to start panning out? They were just drafted in June!

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

            And several of them are pitching pretty well right now.

          • ssckelley

            I am not just talking about the ones drafted in last Junes draft. The Cubs have spent a number of high draft picks on pitchers that have not panned out over the years. For proof just look in the minors at AA & AAA there is not much there for good pitching prospects.

            • JR

              Well, I think we all need to get prepared for bad pitching in the near future. That’s almost a given.. But the new guys coming up should make an impact in the 3 to 4 year range.

              • ssckelley

                Lets hope none of them gets mono or trips over their playstation in the middle of the night.

            • Drew7

              Right, but hope is gone for most of those guys “panning out” – unless Pawelek mounts a historic comeback!
              Maples is pitching well, Simpson is, umm….getting healthy, Wells is out, Whiseman is doing ok I think. Other than that, Im not sure who you’d be referring to.

              • ssckelley

                Simpson really hurts, yes he should be getting healthy but he has an ERA of over 5 in Boise. He has a long ways to go to live up to that #16 overall pick used on him 2 years ago. Hopefully he keeps making progress and does not get added to that long list of pitchers who were drafted high by the Cubs but never panned out.

            • AB

              the Cubs drafted cheap from 2007-2010. just because they were high picks doesn’t mean they are high-level prospects.

              • ssckelley

                What do you mean they drafted cheap? Were they not willing to spend big signing bonuses?

                • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

                  No they weren’t.

            • MightyBear

              Nick Struck is pitching really well at AA. He may be ready in a year or two.

  • fortyonenorth

    Base running was pretty horrible..again. Castillo needs to RUNNNNNNN. And Valbuena – jeez – he gets thrown out at second on a just-missed-home run. Little League mistakes.

    • ssckelley

      Yeah Valbuena spent a split second to long posing after he hit that ball. Although the replays clearly showed he was safe at second. But if he puts his head down and run that play is not even close.

  • Leroy

    8 runs in the 5th? Ugggh……

  • Mush

    I may be the only fan of Lendy Castillo. Does he open next year in AA or AAA and a starter or relief? Or his he bust and I am a loser?

    • AB

      It will probably depend on how his stuff looks as he is stretched out. Marmol reached 150 IP after his second year as a pitcher at age 21, but that ended up being his career high for innings pitched at any level.

      If anything starting at AA or AAA for a season will help him work on his secondary pitches and location.

  • cubsin

    Definely AA as a starter. He’d only pitched two years in the Phillies’ farm system, reaching A+ after his conversion from SS. His ceiling is probably higher than anyone else the Cubs have at AAA or AA not named Arodys Vizcaino.

  • die hard

    Maybe Vitters can use the HR to generate some confidence…and got to love Barney…hes the closest thing to Nellie Fox that the Cubs had since Beckert and Hubbs…we need 5 more like him