Well that escalated quickly.

We had a nice, old fashioned pitchers’ duel for most of the game last night (Jeff Samardzija was awesome), but things got out of hand in the 9th inning. It’s the cursed life of a reliever, where, because of your short stints, you can be so successful for so long, and then have one little, itty, bitty disastrous half inning, and your ERA goes to crap.

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  • Fishin Phil

    Well, we knew it had to happen sooner of later. *Le sigh*

  • Melrosepad

    Haven’t really critical of Sveum myself, but Strop had 24 pitches on Saturday, 17 on Sunday, and then 21 last night. Bowden hasn’t been used since the 25th, Rondon the 24th, and we called Eduardo Sanchez up and haven’t used him yet (last pitched on the 24th).

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yeah, that’s probably worth pointing out.

    • baldtaxguy

      I guess the plan was to set up Parker. I was afraid there was a low (or lower) amount of gas in the tank. Worth a hindsight 2nd guess, maybe Bowden was the play, vs. Rondon (having difficulties) or Sanchez (not used yet).

    • Mush

      My thoughts, you have a tight game in 8th and he only uses Russell for one batter? Let him pitch until he gets in trouble then bring Guerrier in. Sveum needs to have more confidence in his pen.

      • Mush

        And there is a doubleheader today. Strop probably unavailable for both now.

  • CubsFanMike

    Nobody’s perfect, hopefully this is just a blip on the radar

  • Stevie B

    Junior Lake from 1st to 3rd is a nifty sight…and a good barometer of the Cubs. I say we’ll be able to compete by the time he develops.

    • http://www.tmz.com vB

      He already has 3 CS though. I don’t know what to think of that, but it aint good.

      • CubFan Paul

        Lake is a “delayed stealer”. It’s part of his game on the basepaths. He’s just getting use to “big league” timing/adjusting to new pitchers.

      • Danny Ballgame

        I feel like a couple of those were missed hit and runs.

  • Ben

    Agree with everything said about the pen, but let’s not overlook the most glaring problem with this team: unwatchable offense.

    • Cubbie Blues

      To be fair; it’s only unwatchable because it doesn’t exist.

      • Hansman1982

        But, but, but it was soooo awesome for the last week! The cubs were awesome and playoff bound before last night!!!!!

  • Ben

    And how many runs did they score in SF?

    • Cubbie Blues

      Who are you trying to argue/talk to? The answer of course is 6.

  • Ben

    Just pointing out the obvious. No argument.

    • Cubbie Blues

      It makes it much easier to follow if you use the Reply button.

      • Ben

        blog novice; sorry

        • Cubbie Blues

          No problem, just trying to help out.

  • willis

    Well, all those positive, happy feelings that were being tossed around are easily flushed out when your team is shutout by the lowly Brewers.

    Had a bad feeling when Sveum Brought in Strop, because of his recent work load and the cross country travel…I don’t really mind bringing him in, I’d rather have seen Parker or Bowden, but I can see rolling Strop out there to see what he had. But it was obvious after one batter he didn’t have his good stuff and he was allowed to stay in way too long. Too bad because Shark was nails last night and did what he could to keep the team in it.

  • http://bleachenation Sacko

    Dale doesn’t know how to use a BP to win. Trade him

  • http://bleachenation Sacko

    Russel pitches to 1 batter? Tie game? Dale is an idjit