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The dream of 162-0 has died. You can’t win them all. Or, in the Cubs’ case, you can score them all. I mean you can’t score at all.

Edwin Jackson started out nails – he struck out the first three batters he saw – but ran into some trouble with his command in the fourth, forcing him to throw 29 pitches in the cold, cold Pittsburgh evening air. He followed it up with a nice 5th inning, but he was at 92 pitches already, so his night was over. All in all, not a bad outing, and not the reason the Cubs lost.

The Cubs loaded ‘em in the 7th against Wandy (courtesy of two HBP), and Brent Lillibridge worked a hell of a long at bat, but, le sigh, struck out looking. Alberto Gonzalez then popped out, but that’s to be expected.

In the end, the Cubs’ offensive output was downright incredible.

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  • MichiganGoat

    Lillibridge 2 games, 6 AB, 4 K, ZERO hits… small sample size I know but ouch that’s a rough way to start your season

    • Reverse the Curse

      I really wish we still had Aramis Ramirez.. I can’t take another 15 months or more of having this horrific platoon going on before someone like Baez can take over.

    • waittilthisyear

      people will suggest lillibridge’s at bat in the 7th was a good one because he “battled” up there, but the fact is he had 6 pretty hittable pitches, all of which he fouled off, then k’d looking. i loathe that little man.

      ejax looked good, wellington has looked markedly improved behind the plate, and i like the way rizzo goes about his business.

      hopefully travis can get the job done tomorrow and, more importantly, the offense can manage a couple rallies

      • Noah

        Despite all the pitches he saw, no, I don’t think you can call a plate appearance with one out and the bases loaded in a tight game where you go down looking on a mediocre breaking ball right down the middle of the plate a good at bat.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          But the pitch probably was not that mediocre: had Lillibridge swung, he would have swung over the ball because he saw it as being higher than it was.

          What I find interesting is that announcers are not adapting very rapidly to the change in pitching tactics that has happened over the last few years. This was one of a few PAs where the announcers talked about “fastball situation”: and the pitcher threw a breaking pitch into the batter’s blue zone. It’s been 5+ years now: I wonder how much longer it will take before “fastball situation” disappears as a concept?

  • https://twitter.com/cubsfantroy @cubsfantroy

    Well, the bullpen looked to be OK. Well, minus Bowden.

    • MichiganGoat

      pitching looked fine minus the one rough inning its this offense that is painful to watch

  • MichiganGoat

    HBP accounted for 40% of our baserunners tonight

  • Danny Ballgame

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  • Kyle

    Some thoughts:

    2-for-20 BABIP isn’t always going to happen. They let Rodriguez get away with a ton of hittable pitches, but they could have had a bit more luck.

    Lillibridge’s crucial at-bat was especially bad. It wasn’t battling, it was just repeatedly failing to punish bad pitches.

    That was pretty much Edwin Jackson’s reputation in a nutshell. At times dominant, but very inconsistent.

    Rondon was topping out at 89 on the TV gun, I didn’t see him touch 90 once. He was throwing softer than Bowden.

    • MichiganGoat

      Agreed Lillibridge’s AB was just long but not impressive and you can’t sit and stare at close pitch like he did when you need to put the ball in play

      • waittilthisyear

        kyle, exact same sentiment aboiut the lillibridge AB

    • Andrew

      idk about the cubs broadcast but im pretty sure i remember seeing some pitches in the low 90s for Rondon on the pirates broadcast on mlbtv.

  • Rcleven

    I liked the way Jackson pitched tonight. He had 4 pretty strong innings. Liked his location the most. If he continues like this the rest of the year he will give the Cubs a chance to win in his starts.
    Let’s not be too hard on milk toast Lillybridge he is what he is.

  • spencer

    Theres literally no reason to watch anymore games this season. Same shit as last year, no offense whatsoever other than Rizzo and Castro. Attendance is gona suck big time at Wrigley compared to previous years cuz no one wants to see benchwarmers ala Hairston, Valbuena, Schierholtz, Lillibridge, and that [inappropriate phrase] Alberto Gonzalez play. I miss LaHair!!!

    [Ed. – Dude: don’t drop racial terms, ever, ever, ever.]

    • Ryan

      It’s been 2 games…

    • DarthHater

      [img]http://weknowmemes.com/generator/uploads/generated/g1365086919947137020.jpg[/img]

  • mysterious4th

    And the platoon idea is 0 for 1

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The scary part: the platoon is still better than the non-platoon. But that doesn’t mean it will be any good.

      • Spencer

        I mean, not necessarily. Maybe the splits say it’s better, but who knows. I’m blaming this game on the weather anyways. But platoon or not, the bottom third of our order is always going to be poor this year.

  • Featherstone

    I seem to recall us having trouble with shit-shoveling junk tossing lefties last year. I guess the trend continues.

    • HoustonTransplant

      I was thinking the same thing. It’s infuriating.

      • willis

        It’s every year.

        • Featherstone

          Mark Buehrle (sp?) was the bane of our existence.

  • Zogie

    To start with, the Cubs officially are 0-13 with RISP so far this season. It is rather sad actually. EJax had a good outing, but he just could not get any run support. The bullpen also did an okay job working in and out of trouble. The problem is if you do not score runs then you cannot win games. Nobody had a comfortable at bat tonight. I know it is freezing cold, but you have to have mind over matter. The best AB of the night would have to go to Sori. A 9 pitch single which almost led to a big inning. Lastly, my shout out goes to EJax. It may not have been a great outing, but it is the best from tonight’s game. Hopefully tomorrow the cubs can hit with runners on.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Given that the Cubs are 8-48 without runners in scoring position, going 0-13 with them on is hardly too surprising. After all, if they were batting the same robust 0.167 with RiSP, then the Cubs would have two “clutch” hits. It’s not like the Cubs are leaving the games on the basepaths. Heck, they are lucky to leave enough dirt on the bases to require cleaning them so far!

      • Zogie

        well that 1 hit would have been nice to have when we had the bases loaded. .167 is better than 0. Sadly, you are completely correct though.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          Yeah, one of the things to remember is that the best offensive teams usually lead the league in runners left on base, too. Baseball is like trench warfare: you win by throwing the most guys at the enemy, not by being better sharp shooters. Right now, the Charge of the Light Brigade is looking fearsome compared to the charge that the Cubs are mounting!

          (The cold temperatures certainly are contributing: but the constant swinging at pitches that they cannot drive and never taking walks has nothing to do with the weather.)

      • 1908cubfan

        The problem is we only have 3 good hitters, so you can’t expect below average hitters to drive in runs! Teams know that our 7,8 and 9 hitters are outs, which puts more pressure on our other hitters. Dale made a huge coaching mistake tonight letting Lillibridge hit in the 7th. Bad hitting, mistake in the field and a coaching mistake. Won’t win many ball games with that!

  • Matty Ice

    2 games 2 walks 24 strikeouts. Awesome approach.

  • spencer

    Brett you would assume that word is racist. You obviously don’t have any latino or black friends, if u did u wouldnt e acting like a bitch over nothing. Heres some advice Brett: Don’t ever leave your suburb. ever ever ever. Thats real.

    • Junior Q

      Well this has been a fun night, have a great one spencer and I sincerely hope to never have to deal with you ever again.

      • http://ODU Greenroom

        2nd

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Your usage was completely inappropriate. That’s what matters. This is the only response you’ll get.

      • spencer

        Good its more than I anticipated

        • EQ76

          ⬆ Spencer = delta bravo

        • Danny Ballgame

          That means douchebag Spencer

          • myporsche

            I hate seeing internet tough guys gang up on others. Quit the tough guy act and grow up danny and eq

            • EQ76

              “quit the tough guy act”? wasn’t spencer attacking brett? wasn’t spencer threatening brett? wasn’t spencer being the “tough guy”? sorry myporche, if i see someone being a douche bag, I’m gonna call them a douche bag.

              • Danny Ballgame

                I don’t think that calling a racist a DB is a tough guy act. No place for racism anywhere in modern society.

    • Spencer

      change your name, bro.

      • college_of_coaches

        For a brief moment, I thought you had gone insane.

        • hansman1982

          spencer with little s and no pic of some stoopid train = well, there isn’t quite the proper word for it

          Spencer with big S and pic of some stoopid train = well, there isn’t quite the proper word for it, but it’s at least not as bad as the other guy…

    • TheDynastyStartsIn2016

      WOW. It must make you really tough to threaten someone over the internet.

      If you had friends, and you and your ‘latino and black’ friends use those type of words in private, go ahead. To use them on this type of website is just, well…..weak. Try a ‘wing-nut’ website…they love that kind of talk.

    • Mak

      Alrighty then

    • Austin

      I didn’t see the word but just beacuse you have some latino or black friends doesn’t mean you can use racial words on someone you don’t know. You might be able to use it to your friends but Alberto is not your friend. Pathetic.

      *I myself have black and latino friends and never once used a racial word.

    • miggy80

      Wait a minute I’m supposed to be the South American/Latino/Hispanic senior correspondent on this blog.

    • Chase S.

      It’s not racist when you have friends who are black or latino, guys.

      Yikes.

  • miggy80

    I guess I can take off my Bleacher Nation shirt now. I had it on since opening day. I didn’t want to mess up any mojo.

  • Rcleven

    Understatement of the night:

    Sveum: “We dont have a hit with men in scoring position in two games. We need to get better at that.”

    • Spencer

      #analysis lol

      • Danny Ballgame

        We need to be less shitty in most aspects of the game

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Well, what they really need to do is bat more often with men on base. OBP like this screams for the DH.

      • Kyle

        In the long run, they do need to get as many men on baseball as possible.

        That doesn’t mean the offense hasn’t been hamstrung in the short run by negative variance on performance in high-leverage situations.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          True: but as your binomial calculator should show you, it’s not like the Cubs have been particularly unlucky in “high leverage” situations, either. I think that what gets lost in a “oh-my-god, they are only 0-13 in clutch ABs!” is what good would be.

          Now, it would have been nice if (say) one of Lillibridges line drives had stayed fair. But the other teams are going to win just as many games like that as the Cubs are. (It will seem like more, but it won’t be: other teams will be in that situation more because they take more walks than the Cubs, so the same success rate will create more successes.)

  • http://Bleachernation Loyal100more

    I wonder how long it will take to get a HR from the outfield this year… Remember our power outage from the start of last year. I like ejax already!

    • http://401klogic.net Westbound Willie

      Sorry pal. Jackson is the pitching version of soriano. Save your love for somebody else.

  • Jason

    Look the bottom line is that the cubs are going to get another top 5 pick in next years draft. We have Castro and Rizzo and that’s it folks.

    • jt

      A few years ago I wouldn’t have expected that 9 pitch single from Soriano.
      Good hitters create bad pitches instead of just waiting for them.
      With 2 strikes some hard to hit pitches have to be wasted into the stands. Not an easy task but the good hitters seem to be able to get it done.
      I’d like to see Rizzo and Castro have a few 9 or 10 pitch singles.

  • BABIP (MichCubFan)

    We seemed to be behind in a lot of counts and we made a lot of weak contact once we were ahead of the count.

    Just one game, though. Hope our approach at the plate is better than last year.

  • Patrick G

    Whitenack claimed by Indians…..nooooooo

    • Patrick G

      wow I’m late on this news

  • Josh

    Can someone fill me in
    Why is spencer so mad at Brett?

    • http://401klogic.net Westbound Willie

      Spencer asked Brett out for a date and Brett said no Because he was going to be writing a story about all the suitors for soriano and marmot and something that extensive was going to take at least one or two minutes. Spencer felted spurned and jilted and then all holy heck broke out.

      • Josh

        BRETT YOU SICKEN ME HOW COULD YOU DO SUCH A THING!
        GAH IM SHAKING MY FIST IN ANGER AT YOU!

      • myporsche

        Spencer called alberto a “nigga”. Brett got pissy and said no more racist comments. Little did Brett know that word does not have the same conotation as the one used during the slave days. Spencer told him off and the entire community came to Bretts defence like the way they always will. Nothing too serious here. Move along folks…

        • MIkeL

          That word may not have the same conotation as the one used during the slave days, I am not sure if you, white, black, latino, asian, etc., but I will give a white man 10 bucks to walk up to a random black man or woman and call them a “nigga” and see how things turn out. Some people seem to think that “nigga” cannot be mistaken as a slur but it can be and it has been. Brett was correct to react the way that he did and Brett knew what he was talking about. I suggest that you do a little bit more research on the topic.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          What you conveniently omit is that you referred to Gonzalez as a “b*tch *ss n**ga.” I don’t care what you want to tell us about the etimology of the last word, the entire phrase revealed your intent. It was inappropriate, and changing your name won’t change that.

          • Cub2014

            Brett i agree. I have black friends from college I have heard them call each other the word, but it is not right to be used in a derogatory manner. Which from your phrase certainly seemed to be the case. All that being said I am so sick of our country turning in to a bunch of sissies where everyone has to be so politically correct.

            But let’s try and focus on baseball. I am 50 yrs old, when I was a little boy my grandpa turned me into a Cubs fan, he died last year at 96. He loved the Cubs never saw them win a World Series. Cubs fans have waited to long, I am willing to give Theo and their approach a chance but we need real progress at the major league level next year or then I too will become inpatient. All these castoff free agents they are hoping for lightning in a bottle but why not play a kid who has never reached this level or who has had some success in a short time frame. What’s the worst that will happen we get 2 hits?

          • MichiganGoat

            Another case of a troll acting as two people to give the impression that people agree with them, it takes lonely dedication to go through that much effort.

            • Cub2014

              Goat who are you referring to?

              • MichiganGoat

                Not you the troll who used two names- agreed lets talk baseball

                • Edwin

                  Well said.

                  • Other Edwin

                    I agree!

    • Spencer

      Also, just FYI, there are two Spencers.

  • Andrewmoore4isu

    Sooooooo many cry babies tonight. Shut up please! What did you expect? Grab a beer and watch baseball, holy smokes.

  • Diesel

    This really sucks when you can’t score a single run with the bases loaded and less than two outs. This happens way too much. I hope these prospects are worth it

  • cubmig

    ……reality can be a bitch sometimes, can’t it Sveum?!

  • willis

    Rough game overall. Jackson was solid, but had one rough inning, which really wasn’t even that bad. Hell if my starter gives up two every game I’m feeling pretty good about things. The offense is just light years behind most in the game. It doesn’t help Dejesus throwing up a donut thus far. Nor does it help when hitters take called 3rd strikes with runners in scoring position.

    Jesus Christ, if on a major league (even the cubs) roster and you come up with risp…you have to find a way to make contact, not just stare down strikes. Just a bad offensive night. Get used to it. Saying that…

    I like Jackson. He attacks hitters. He sits in the low 90s with movement and goes after folks. Hard to get saddled with a loss when only giving up two. But that’ll happen with this lineup. It’s feast up top or watch the rest crumble. The pitching is going to have to be very, very strong to win this year.

    Let’s hope the good Wood shows up tomorrow. Would love to show up to Atlanta feeling good.

  • Chase S.

    Where’s Super Joe and Wonder Kid Campana when you need them?!

    Still very early into the season. There will be plenty more games like this and plenty of the opposite.

    I didn’t get a chance to see it but Jackson’s numbers look pretty decent on the surface, how’d he look otherwise?

    • Chase S.

      I didn’t mean Jackson, I meant the BP. Oops.

  • hansman1982

    I’m sorry guys. I will NOT be tuning into any more games the rest of the year.

    Last night was turning on Darvish immediately before Gonzalez rapped a single up the middle and tonight it was in the middle of the Lillibridge AB.

    • Spencer

      i’m not watching ne more games cuz the team sux

      • hansman1982

        That may be (and it is only 2 games, 1 of which was alright (if you can ignore the bottom third of the order)) but I still was going nuts for Lillibridge (same as if it were game 162 and we were 0-161).

        Although, I don’t quite get the same feeling if we are down in the 8th as I did in 2008 (doubly so if Ramirez was up).

        • Spencer

          Yeah..I mean in all seriousness the offense was never going to be that super this year. I was furious with Lillibridge and Gonzalez for leaving the bases loaded, but then it’s like, what did I really expect them to do? LOB is going to be a huge problem this year. But that doesn’t make it any easier to stomach, unfortunately.

          • hansman1982

            Ya, when Pat said that Lilli was arguing the call with the ump, I just told Pat:

            “Dude, what does Lilli think, he’s Albert Pujols and gonna get anything remotely close in that situation?”

            We just need Ian Stewart to come from nowhere, Darwin, Rizzo, Castro, Soriano, Castillo to have career years. That way the auto-out sequence goes from 7-8-9 to 8-9

    • hansman1982

      OR, more awesome theory…

      I just need to partake in the entire game. I did that on Monday…BINGO, Rizzo hit’s a 2 run shot.

      So…visit http://www.CubsWontEverLoseIfIAttendEveryInningOfEveryGame.com and donate your season tickets, plane tickets and hotel rooms for away games, sweet penthouse suites overlooking Gary…

    • Chase S.

      Don’t blame yourself. If you check out Buster Olney’s twitter feed it was clearly his fault that Darvish gave up the perfecto. (His response to the people mad at him is actually pretty hilarious)

  • Tim

    Did anyone else notice how disgusting wandy’s 2 seamer was tonight?

    • JulioZuleta

      I know what you’re talking about. Most of the night it was just “pretty good” but 2 or 3 times he flashed one that was just insane. There was one that, when it left his hand, I was thinking “ball, inside”…..by the time it got to the plate it was about 10 inches OUTSIDE. I think it was in the long Lillibridge AB.

  • N8theGr8

    What is wrong with everybody?!? I’m still glowing about us winning the season opener. Gosh!

  • Voice of Reason

    It shouldn’t be shocking to anyone that this team didn’t score any runs yesterday.

    The offense is just terrible and the front office did nothing to improve the it other than add Hairston! And, knowing that Hairston has some pop, he sat the bench on opening day in favor of Nate Schierholtz who has hit under 20 home runs for his career!! Other than Soriano and Rizzo and Castillo (with Castillo being a bit of a reach) and Hairston when he plays this line up is terrible offensively! Anyone who thinks anything different needs to put down the Cubbie Kool Aid.

    The Cubs magic number is 62. That’s what they need to win the rest of the year to make sure they don’t lose 100 games. That should be the goal of this team! DO NOT LOSE 100 GAMES!!!

  • Die hard

    A trend of no offense will lead to 100 losses …. As I said earlier this team will need 6 runs a game over the long haul to lose less than 100 …. cause the rest of the starters are downhill after Smardzja and Jackson… Wonder what Cincy will give now need another bat for our warm weather slugger Soriano

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