Well, you can’t say the Cubs didn’t have their chances today. They had, like, a million of them.

Edwin Jackson shook off some early struggles to put together yet another solid outing. The Cubs put plenty of runners on, but just failed to cash them in. After the obligatory teaser rally in the 9th, the game was over. We got to see Junior Lake make a throw to the plate with that ridiculous arm of his! … and, um, he’s probably used to making infield throws.

There was one big positive from the game:

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  • X the Cubs fan

    Garza won’t be traded to the Rangers. The Giants appear to have two better trade offers on the table already one includes Gary Brown. According to @RobertMurrayMLB

    • Crockett

      I don’t see any possible way the Giants can put together a package better than the Rangers were offering.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        Me either.

    • Blublud

      Why would we want Brown.

  • Mr. B. Patient

    Did Vitters make 3 errors in his debut?
    I’m guessing this wasn’t part of Bryant’s dream scenario.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Probably not, but Bryant hasn’t played in a game in quite some time. It’ll take a bit to shake the rust off.

      • Mr. B. Patient

        Oh I know…just making a ‘small sample size’ point. The only significance of tonight’s game is he had to start sometime.

        • Jp3

          Wheww!!! What a rough start for the big buy, I guess he could’ve been worse and k’d 2 more times. This isn’t meant to be funny but did he make any plays from 3rd successfully?

  • Coach Cruise

    Is there a chance the Cubs could do business with the Red Sox since Andrew Bailey is lost for the year?

    • Crockett

      Always a chance. If Bucholz gets bad news from Dr. Andrews, I could certainly see a fit. They also lost Andrew Miller for at least a chunk of time. One could easily surmise that a Garza/Russell package would/should/could interest Boston. The question, of course, is whether or not the Red Sox would be interested in matching that price which Theo sets.

      • http://www.hookersorcake.com hookersocake

        And don’t forget Lester hasn’t looked right all year. They pushed his start back after the break.
        And in Texas, Darvish and Ogando are coming off the DL plus 2 rookies already in the rotation.
        If a few guys have a rough outing the Cubs position could improve.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

    Wait a second… we just broke 200 replies on a Sunday night EBS when there are no trades to discuss.

    That’s pretty impressive.

    • Vulcan

      Hurray! 😀

    • http://cubsdailyrecaps.blogspot.com Jason P

      This place is going to be rockin’ when the Cubs are actually good.

  • deej34

    As much as I love seeing the Cubs win, it’s clear this isn’t our season. That being said, is anyone else disappointed that we are currently set up for the 7th pick in the draft? If we aren’t going to the playoffs, I would prefer a better pick next year. Maybe that’s just me…

    • Mr. B. Patient

      It’s not just you. (Theo is probably thinking the same thing. Secretly, of course).

    • Jed Jam Band

      You have to remember that we will almost certainly be worse after trading off some pieces. Also, we kinda expected this. We knew that the Cubs were likely going to see marginal improvement because of the ability of this FO to build a roster without breaking the bank. Remember, Kris Bryant is awesome, but it’s not like drafting 6th or 7th will land us a horrible prospect or anything. Remember 2012? We used the 6th pick on a kid named Albert Almora. So, yeah, I understand what you’re saying, but Theo and Jed certainly aren’t gonna complain if they get the 7th pick and neither will I.

      • deej34

        And nothing against Almora, I think he could be a solid mlb player, but #2 that year would have landed us Byron Buxton. It is what it is, a lot can happen between the 5th – 10th pick. In no way am I saying purposefully throw games or lose, but as a fan who goes to 1-2 games a week, they can lose every game I’m not at and I wouldn’t be too broken up about it.

        • Jed Jam Band

          Nor would I. I think that this team will realistically fall into the top 5 picks as they start trading off pieces, but I don’t know. My early hope is to be able to get Schwarber in the draft, but I can’t really know what would be best at this point.

  • WNebCub

    Had a chance to take in two games at Coors this weekend and despite seeing both losses thoroughly enjoyed the games and the chance to get out and see the Cubs. Coors Field is a dandy if you ever get a chance to go.

    First take away from today was Ejax. Thoroughly enjoyed his outing despite the loss and 4 earned runs. After the rocky first settled in quickly and was really efficient. from 25 rows back i thought he had some presence out there and catchers mitt was popping. Good outing, at least from the in person perspective.

    despite the 1-5 night last night Castro looked very hitterish up there and today it showed in the box score. his BP looked good. seemed engaged on the field defensively, although i was told the Rockies announcers were a little negative about the way he played the grounder that Valbuena cut off.

    Lake worked hard throughout BP in CF when he wasn’t in cage. no real instruction alongside just lots of running down balls in all directions. running hard after balls. In game he seemed to play a VERY shallow CF. Huge outfield can be deceiving but looked very shallow.

    Man when those lineups were posted it was nice to know that someday, sooner than later i hope, that will be rectified in a big way, and mostly from within. Even watching the them score a total of 9 runs in three games at Coors it was easy to sit there and think about what things might look like in a couple years with the crop that’s coming.

    Also, Soriano looked safe on his stolen base attempt. And he even reacted like he was pissed for a minute which seemed out of character, which really made me think he was safe?? they didn’t show replay on board.

    Still jacked about the future of franchise. Hoping Sox decide they need Garza.

    • Bill

      So, you are the reason the Cubs lost. Do us a favor and don’t go to any other Cubs games. FTR, I’m just kidding.

    • Falselife

      Soriano was definitely out. Might have been pissed that he looked back to the plate and it may have cost him.

  • http://cubsdailyrecaps.blogspot.com Jason P

    Gioskar Amaya is on. a. tear. 4-4 tonight with a walk and a stolen base, 7 for his last 10 overall, and a 1.286 OPS to go along with a .486 average in his last 10 games.

    • Ballrock20

      Yes, he has been playing well. I was at the game today and every hit he made solid contact.

      • http://cubsdailyrecaps.blogspot.com Jason P

        Were his hits sprayed all over the field, or did they mostly go to one side.

        • http://cubsdailyrecaps.blogspot.com Jason P

          I meant that to be a question, not a statement

          • Ballrock20

            He was driving the ball mostly up the middle. For being tiny, he had decent pop.

  • YourResidentJag

    Cue up the Soriano rumors. Wiitenmeyer: Soriano has them on their radar (whatever that means) plus Schierholtz.

    • Cubes

      who is them?

    • Vulcan


    • MichiganGoat

      I think this is just continued speculation that has been going on for a while now, but I hope it has legs.

  • Crockett

    Wittenmeyer mentioned something earlier today on Twitter about the Yankees and Soriano…but I don’t know if that’s what YRJ is talking about here.

  • Jp3

    Spammers… Get out of here, get a job

  • Die hard

    Garza and Barney for Peavy and Ramirez

  • jon

    1 for 5 and 3 Ks…looks like we missed the train on selling Junior Lake too.