The Cubs had a number of opportunities to take the lead/tie the game late, some of which they squandered themselves, some of which the umps helped them squander.

Travis Wood pitched well, but there’s one pitch he probably wants back. That pitch tied the game, and then a Ronny Cedeno squeeze bunt won it.

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  • cas-castro

    The umpire blew the pickoff call in the 8th inning.

  • dying cubs fan’s last request


  • ChicagoMike702

    But hey, Blake Parker is dominating!

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    Kane County radio voice Wayne Randazzo reporting Almora pulled from game last night for not running out a fly ball in the 5th inning.

    • Austin

      Not going to lie, I like the sound of that. Not Almora not running it out but the fact that he was pulled.

      • JeffR

        Well he didn’t take any chances of being pulled today with his 2 run shot.

  • another JP

    The Cubs have been losing games like this forever. No big deal- we’re selling anyways.

  • Falselife

    Yep. Part of me was screaming to pitch out for the obvious squeeze situation, and the other part just didn’t care. Sad it has gotten to that level but I see no reason to win a game beyond July 31st. At least the losses don’t hurt any longer…sigh.

    • Kramden

      Ditto, who cares?

      I’m resigned to feeling it’s best in the bigger picture to sacriice this season for another #2 draft choice next year…. This time a stud pitcher for sure.

      • Gcheezpuff

        I get the point that the season is over, but you are stilling developing some young guys and you don’t want the guys on the field having a “who cares” attitude. They should be playing to prove something and trying to win every game. Beside, if the cubs look close to dropping in the draft at the end of the season, they could just have Marmol start closing games again.

    • josh2

      Pitch out would not have mattered. It wasn’t a squeeze play. Maxwell was running on contact, not stealing.

  • Adventurecizin’ Justin

    How many times has the squeeze been successful against the Cubs this year? It seems like a 1,000!

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    Baez with a HR in first for Daytona off of Kyle Drabek.

    • Stevie B

      Drabek’s in single A>>>???

      • cjdubbya

        Rehab assignment for Drabek. Previously had elbow surgery, first start back.

  • Dustin S

    Frustrating loss, today was one that got away. Soriano’s pickoff was probably a bad call, but can’t get caught leaning in that situation. He would have scored and it would have kept momentum in the Cubs favor. The game would have at least gone to extras if not a win. 19 LOB isn’t going to cut it either. Have to look at the bright side I guess, draft position.

    Go Hawks!

  • Fastball

    Its a bad comedy. Time to turn off the tv

  • Die hard

    Castro may end up with more errors than walks …. Meanwhile Barney only 5 PTS behind in BA… Barnometer at .226

  • Mak

    What’s the general thinking on Parker? Guy who can potentially stick?

    • Rcleven

      Better than average breaking ball. Fast ball as straight as an arrow. Depends on command of fastball. Better than average control.
      Not a great fastball so will depend on in out up down spot.
      Best suited for long relief or 6th or 7th inning.

  • jacob w

    Guy who can potential look good until We get behind him then gets eaten by a cheetah

  • pfk

    Any time the Cubs want to get rid of Castro is fine by me. He’s on track for a 30 error season, which bid as bad a glove/arm as you can have. And, he’s hitting .239. You can’t win with a SS like that. Just can’t. The good news is that better days are coming with the great farm system we’re building and we’ll get another great draft pick.

    • cubmig

      Castro’s error finishes have been 27 to 29 a season. So 30 would be a record high. I think he’ll peak at his standadrd 27 or 29. My big anxiety comes out of his not hitting. He hits and we get runs to win—–I can take the errors.

    • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

      Now would be the absolutely worst time to trade him. His value will be the lowest it will ever be in his career. You are putting a lot of faith in kids who would do worst than Castro is at the MLB at this current date. Remember, he was their age they are now in the MLB getting 200 hits. Man, too many people overvalue prospects so far away. Everything has to go perfect for them to be in the majors in 2 years. By that age Castro already had 500 hits. Yet, they are our saviors and Castro has no future. Yep.

      • X the Cubs Fan

        I feel the exact same way by the time they get up here Castro will be an All Star again.

      • pfk

        No team is going to win a championship with a shortstop with such an attolricious glove and arm. None. He is the worst fielding infielder in all of baseball. Even if his bat comes back, you simply can’t win with that bad of defense. Plus, he’s a poor base runner and has poor work habits, which Sveum has pointed out.

        • Cedlandrum

          He makes some bonehead plays on defense, but he makes some plays that I haven’t seen from a Cubs SS for ever.

          • Eternal pessemist

            He just needs a bigger glove.

        • Rich H

          There is a 3rd baseman in Washington that leads the majors in errors. Is he the worst defensive player in baseball. I doubt it. But then again Zimmerman is not that good at 3rd I guess.

  • David W.

    The loss today should go squarley on Soriano. Runner on third, one out and he pops out. There is one run. Then gets thrown out, even though it looked like a bad call, at second with one out. You cant be that far away from the base, it isnt worth the risk. Hasnt hit a HR in how long? He needs to move down in the order, trade spots with Castillo.

    • Rcleven

      Why blame one person. Last I looked there were 8 other hitters in the line up. A pitcher who allowed a three run homer, a closer that allowed the go ahead run.
      There’s a lot more problems on this team than Al.

      • #1lahairfan

        I know, seriously!

      • Michael

        Your saying Wood and Gregg have been a problem on this team, seems to me they have been two of the biggest surprises in a good way all year.

        • Rcleven

          No. If read correctly it is a team game. No one player should be a hero. No one player should be the Dog. It is a team game and a team let down or a team win.

          • Michael

            Yeah cause they all have to be perfect on a daily basis. You should read how you wrote it yourself it seems. The problems have been mostly the team but you can not fault Gregg or Wood which you seem to have singled out cause they have been great all year.

    • arta

      on Soriano, as u get older/slower, a player try’s to take that extra lead step. it’s also harder to get back if they play on u, lol.

  • Danny Ballgame

    Baez 2-4 dinger 2 ribs 1k. Keep hitting kid

    • Mark S

      Against a MLB pitcher on a rehab assignment too.

  • Cheryl

    Right now there are advantages to watching minor league games.

  • #1lahairfan

    All of you guys who are saying that we should trade Castro because he ‘s not hitting right now are really crazy because:

    1. Why the hell would you trade a guy at the lowest value he’s ever had?

    2. It’s the first real slump he has had in his LIFE. He needs to learn how to make adjustments. It’s key to his development. In a way once Castro get’s out of this slump he’s going to be better than ever!

    3. Go back to Castro’s first MLB game. Remember on that day when we were oozing with excitement on how much talent he had at first glance. Well he STILL has that talent and we would be foolish not to at least try and make him a .310 with 20 HR’s guy. Be patient.

    4. Sooner or later he’s going to realize what’s wrong with his swing. If it’s to open he will be able to realize it and fix it.

    5. If Castro was in the minor leagues still he would have a chance to be the #1 prospect in all of baseball and he would at least be in the top 5.

    6. Let’s say we do trade him. It’s gonna suck if another team taps into his immense talent and fulfills his upside.

    7. He might be pressured because he’s in the first year of his contract. We’ve seen at before. In addition why would you trade a guy right after extending him.

    8. #1 again. Let’s make this clear I have no problem trading anyone on this team, but by no means should we sell low on anyone unless he’s Marmol.

    9. Barney is hitting (in terms of AVG) worse than Castro, but I don’t see any trade Barney comments.

    It just does not make much sense. Calm down guys.

    • Justin

      I am a Castro apologist Lahair. But Castro looks like complete ass these days and is not cheap anymore. As with any player if the you can greater value by moving him, get it done. He was never a great fit anyways. Yes, Castro’s value is at an all time low. But it could get lower if he continues to do this longer. Just saying…

  • 5412


    We were at the game. Anyone see the call of strike two on Barney in the 8th? It would have walked in a run.

    Looked like a terrible call from where I sat.

    • falselife

      Yep, It Was Both Down And In. PhOne Is Possessed!

    • Brandon

      That was definitely ball four. What I didn’t care for was the jerk-ass umpire just standing there until Barney tossed his bat, then he made the late strike call. Umpires are reminding me of NFL refs…trying to control the outcome of the game. As much as I hate to say it, it might be time to really expand instant replay.

  • #1lahairfan

    Draft News:

    Cubs sign Trevor Graham.

    Cubs sign Scott Frazier for what I believe is his exact slot value. Really surprising to me.
    Great value for his talent. He might be the favorite arm that we took.

    Cubs sign Joshua McCauley.

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    Cuban signee Rivero bombed in his debut in relief tonight. Gave up 4 hits and 4 runs in less than 1 inning. Nice signing guys.

    • Justin

      Promising news. Thanks for the update on the bombing situation Lou.

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    This bombing took place at the Kane County game.

    • AB

      Quit Spamming the boards, Lou Brock

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    Let me recap Rivero’s appearance – 4 runs, on 5 hits, including a HR, 1 walk in two thirds of an inning with 1 K. Maybe we don’t sign anymore Cuban pitchers.

    • Drew7

      Yeah, we get it – you’re giving up on the guy after one outing. Doesn’t mean the rest of us have do the same.

  • dan

    Castro sucks pease bring baez up

    • Eric

      Pease stop being an idiot.

    • Jim L

      Come in off the ledge buddy.

    • Danimal8

      Clown shoes…

  • Jason Powers

    June BA: .210, 30th in MLB. OPS:.623, 28th. Houston is our rival for the cellar.

    With the recent swaps (today), the time has come to bring up (very soon) all potential replacements that need a looksy aside from the very top prospects, who happen to be either too new, or in the low minors. Sadly, it seems guys that have had a chance before, Jackson and Vitters, are hurt, so that leaves all the blue chips to stay put.

    Junior Lake has nearly 2000 minor ABs. Time to give him a chance, even though he has barely gotten to Iowa. (Only corn in Iowa anyways…) Try him at 3B/2B and see what happens with 1/2 a season in the bigs.

    Matt Szczur will be 24 in July. Another candidate from the batting side. At least then, the team is more watchable. (Lately, the Dodgers Yasiel Puig has capture my viewing…at least he hussles, and can do things we can only wish a Cubs OF could/would do.)

    • BT

      A few quick questions.

      Why would we want to do this? Why would we want to start their arbitration clocks? Why is this a good idea?

      • Jason Powers

        Ok. Let’s see.
        1) It would be nice to see if they are able to produce in the MLB before taking over any MLB spots in the future (2014-2015/16)
        2) They are both over 23, experienced in the minors, have been promoted all the way through to AAA. Junior Lake has been 6 years in the minors, time to see if all that grooming has resulted in something.
        3) ARB Clocks. Yeah, it does make sense to delay as long as possible if the guys in front of them are substantially above replacement players OR are in the future plans of the team going forward. But are the guys at 3B and all 3 OF positions, projected to start in 2014 or 2015? I’d say not – so, pulling (not your best young guys, but your experienced, older prospects, 2nd tier) up the potentials right now is plausible idea, to at least see: what do we really got going forward?

        I generally feel Lake needs a shot – to prove he can be better than Barney (not a hard task offensively) or the 3B platoon (which is why we drafted Bryant to play 3B/corner OF). Szczur can’t be all that far behind Soriano et. al. in the outfield. And he’s old – not 21/22 but 24/25 (if we wait until next year as you are suggesting.)

        At the age these guys are at, so what if their ARB clocks start. You NEED to know what the future is going to be for all these prospects are. Are they able to perform? Can they be apart of a trade?

        Maybe we get a surprise and Lake holds his own at 2B defensively, with the offensive upgrade in 2014. If we do, we could sign him to a cost effective contract early like Rizzo/Evan Longoria were, and arbitration is nullified. Else, you get 2+ years to see what happens before arbitration is even a real issue.

        Hopefully too, money will not be a nagging issue for the Cubs in 2014/15 – if these guys are (worthy) of the money, why should it matter if their arb clocks start? Lake been a Cub for 6 years in the minors – I think he deserves the look just for that.

        I DID not suggest AT ALL Bryant, or the younger elite prospects, if you noticed at all.

  • Tim

    Would a trade with the tigers including Matt garza and Kevin Gregg plus another player or 2 for Porcello and castellanos make sense?

    • Mark S

      Matt Garza, Marshall and Lake for Castellanos and a top 10 prospect after that.

      • Rich H

        Who do you mean by Marshall? And why are you wanting to trade Lake when it looks like he is getting it?

        • Bill S

          Yeah I meant Russel. Was a bit too late to think.

          • Rich H

            The only way I would do that if I was the Cubs is if the “Top Ten” prospect was Smiley and there is no way Detriot would ever do that.

            • Bill S

              I was trying to be realistic in terms of what the Tigers might accept

              • Rich H

                After the top 2 or 3 guys in Detroit’s system their “Top Ten” would not be in the conversation for our top 20. So they really do not match up unless you are talking Rondon, Smiley, or Castellanos there is not really anything that is ready enough to help. Not saying they do not have some talent in the lower levels but it does not fit the description of what Team Theo said they were after this trade season.

    • calicubsfan007

      Not for the Tigers.

    • SenorGato

      For the Cubs it makes much sense.

  • Alex

    I assume you mean russel. Getting castellanos in anyway makes sense for the Cubs, but I doubt the tigers are willing to part with him when the main component is a iffy garza for half a season.

    • Tim

      Rick Porcello is the only guy keeping their rotation from beig absolutely dominant. And a closer is what they are struggling to find. Adding these 2 gives them a very good shot at pushing their club over the top. Maybe us adding. Lake and Brett Jackson? That would put the trade as CHC: Porcello. Castellanos and a low level prospect DET: Garza, Gregg, Lake, Jackson

      • Gcheezpuff

        The tigers are not trading Castellanos for anything the Cubs can offer them. He is MLB ready and can play 3rd and OF. I agree the cubs should target Porcello, but they aren’t getting Castellanos let alone both.

  • Die hard

    Boston looking to deal and makes sense with Theo knowing farm

  • Kevin

    If the Cubs future is based on their farm system it’s extremely important to have the best coaches mentoring them. Do the Cubs have a Dream Team of coaches in the minors to prepare these players for the Bigs?

    • Jeff

      I was at the Smokies game last night, the manager lost the game with poor pitching decisions. AJ Morris pitched into the 6th inning but it was a hot muggy night, you could tell he was starting to loss command but the manager left him in there too long. They had a 7 to 1 lead. Manager called in the left hander and he gave up two more runs 7 to 3. No big deal, right??

      The bad managing came in the 7 and 8th inning. The Smokies had runners in scoring position but he leaves the pitcher in there to hit. Pitcher goes back to mound walks the next two batters, gives up some base hits, managers has to go to bullpen, Zych comes in and gives up a bunch of hits with bases load.

      Instead of bringing in a fresh reliever at the beginning of the inning, Bailey leaves the reliever from the previous inning in there. The opposing team put up 5 runs in the 7th and 3 runs in the 8th.

      Yes, the pitchers didn’t preform well, but poor managing decisions Hirt them just as much.

      It was very difficult sitting there watching it unfold and seeing it happening and wondering what the hell that manager was thinking. That is the theme we see at the big league level. You manage to win regardless the talent level. This whole, we don’t have the best talent level….is a crock of shit….bad managing is just bad managing.

      The bright side was that Szczur had a great game 4 for 5.

    • cub2014

      Keeping Garza is important for the Cubs near future.
      Garza is a solid #2 starter, he will be key for any playoff
      runs in the upcoming years.

    • Rich H

      I look at some of their hitting coaches and wonder that myself. The guys they got Harper, Duncan and the others were never know as selective hitters. Makes me wonder if maybe they will be addressing this in some aspect soon.

  • Jeff

    Arismendy Alcantara played solid in the field but didn’t show much plate discipline, typical Dominican free swinger. Way too many swings and missing at balls outside the strike zone.

    Justin Bour had some bad luck last night, he hit the ball hard but was robbed of several base hits, mostly from an infield shift, would have helped him if he had runners on when he came to bat in the later innings.