James Russell did neither himself, nor starter Carlos Villanueva, any favors with his outing today. After Villanueva allowed the first two batters to reach in the 7th (after a fine outing), Russell was brought in to get out of the jam. A homer, a single, and a double later, and the Cubs’ lead was gone, and Russell had given up his first run(s) since July 2.

The Cubs had taken the lead with a five-run fifth inning, where they strung together some hits.

Yovani Gallardo left early with a leg issue, which led to this …

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  • EB

    If I had a dollar for every blown save this season, I would be able to purchase an upper deck ticket for tonight’s game.

    • Funn Dave

      If I had a dollar for every blown save this season, I would be able to purchase an Upper Deck card of Carlos Marmol.

      • demz

        so like one blown save?

  • William

    This game can be summed up with word and that word is “pathetic. “

  • Vulcan

    Ugh. It was painful to watch the bullpen today…

    • willis

      Yeah I feel for Villanueva. He had a great start today.

      • Eternal Pessimist

        But gave up two homers, 6 hits/6 innings, so great might be an overstatement. Yes, Russell blew it for him in the end, but Villanueva set the table for the failure in the end.

    • Pee Wee Herman

      Gallardo getting hurt might help the team at least in terms of on the field play.

  • mudge

    Rizzo though, comin’ around.

  • Mike

    No reason Russell should have pitched against all those righties….we only have 7 right handers available today.

    • willis

      Ya think? Dude is toast against righties this year.

      definitely other options to use there, especially in that situation.

  • dying cubs fan’s last request

    Sweep the Giants at SF, drops 2 in a row for the Brewers at home.

  • Casty


  • William

    Arrieta might want to pitch a complete game. It’s his only chance of winning.

  • dying cubs fan’s last request

    Dale is overusing Russell btw.

  • Bong Kim

    Russell has 7 blown saves and 17 holds this season. What this means is that 29% of times he surrenders the team’s lead of 3 run or less. If you think about it, he is a really bad reliever. He blows the team’s lead almost 1 out of 3 times.

    • TWC

      Except he’s appeared in 52 games. So it’s more like 1 out of 7, right?

      • Bong Kim

        no. when it counts (Cubs’s leading) he blows almost 1/3 times.

        • Hansman1982

          Oh, cause he magically can “turn it on” 97.2% of the time when the batter is trying to “turn it out” as well.

          “Clutch is a massively overrated thing.

        • TWC

          You’re only considering games in which he was credited with a Hold or a Blown Save? You can get a Hold in a Loss (Russell has 3) just as you can *not* get a Hold in a Win (13 times for Russell). I’m not sure you’re making the point you’re trying to make.

          • Bong Kim

            When the team leads 3 run or less and a bullpen pitcher keeps the lead, he gets a hold, when he fails, he gets a blown save.

            Russell has 7 blown saves (no.1 in the majors) and 17 holds. This means that whenever the team leads 3 runs or less and he pitches, about 1/3 times, Russell fails.

            This is a really bad numbers for any bullpen pitcher.

            • Scotti

              And, given Russell’s prominence in our bullpen, and the suckiness of our offense, how often does Russell enter with a 3 run lead vs. the standard reliever? How often the the team score that extra run to pad the lead while he’s in there? Just like the save stat, the hold stat leaves much to be desired. It tells you nothing at a glance and that is what it was designed to do.

  • Rcleven

    Encouraged by the multiple hit inning. It sure was fun to see the Cubs go thru the order in one inning.

  • nkniacc13

    Be very interested to see if the Cubs move some off the 40 man in a trade for Kennedy.

    • Rcleven

      According to Olney’s tweet Cubs may be a destination. Haven’t heard the Cubs are tied to the talks.
      A Cub fan ca dream tho.

      • nkniacc13

        Another pitcher who if acquired could be flipped next year at deadline

        • YourResidentJag


  • mudge

    Good pitcher, bad day.

  • JayPaul

    At work so i couldn’t watch, but Parkers line looks pretty solid.

    • willis

      Parker has been a very nice surprise this year. I remember last year thinking he seemed to have ok stuff before he got hurt. So am happy to see him having some success this year.

  • @cubsfantroy

    How about Parker though. He looked good. Lets look at the positives here.

  • Freshness21

    So, Lake isn’t the 2nd coming of Willie Mays afterall? Damn

    • cubsin

      Lake’s start was much better than Mays’. Mays was like 1 for his first 23.

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

    Just terrible. No reason we shouldn’t be able to beat the Brewers at home.

  • B

    I have been saying for a long time that russell is not near as good as his numbers. They should have traded him for the first offer they got

  • BlameHendry

    how do we sweep the defending world champions, finishing off a road trip at 6-4, to come home and lose 2 in a row to the limping, push-over Brewers??

    And I think Lake’s fluke is officially over.

    Blake showed another flash of brilliance, but the curse is still manifesting itself in the form of late inning relievers this year.

    • King Jeff

      Lake hit two balls that would have gone out most days in his first two at bats. He is coming back to earth, but it’s not like he’s not still hitting the ball well.

  • VegasGoat

    Tough game

    • MichiganGoat

      Hello fellow Goat

      • VegasGoat


        • VegasGoat


  • Mush

    Another loss blamed on Sveum. His WAR is at least -10. He sucks with pitching staff.

    • gocatsgo2003

      Probably has nothing to do with the fact that his pitching staff isn’t exactly the bee’s knees anymore, right?

      • BT

        Silly rabbit, it’s never the players fault. The unused pitcher always would struck out the side.

        • TWC

          With only 8 pitches!

      • willis

        He got a great start from a 5th starter today and insisted on running him out on 92 pitches…first mistake. Then he got in big trouble, which anyone could have predicted knowing that Villanueva is just now returning to starting form. Then, against a slew of RH hitters, he threw Russell in there who has been struggling against RH hitters this year. All with a 5-2 lead. So he made two critical mistakes with the pitching staff today.

        • Mush

          Bingo. Toughest part of line up all right handed hitters. We can see it why can’t the freakin experts.

  • Hansman1982

    Oh, boo-birds, how I’ve missed thee.

  • Rcleven

    Barney sitting out game #2. Valbuana to play second.

  • http://bleachernation.com ramy16

    Lake crushed s couple of balls that should have been a home run, if it weren’t for the wind. . Lol

  • Rcleven

    Nate sitting out game #2. Being held out a aginst RHP?

    • nkniacc13

      maybe a deal close?

    • DarthHater

      Second game of a double header and the guy just recently sat out several games due to being banged up,

      • Hansman1982

        And the cubs are discussing him in trade talks. Close or not, smart move to sit him.

        • DarthHater


  • William

    I can not believe Segura golfed the ball at his ankles for the go ahead run.

  • pfk

    Russell’s whole season has been one bad afternoon! He leads baseball in blown saves. He was OK last year but horrible this year.

    • TWC

      Russell’s a weird case this year. His K/9 is down a shade and his BB/9 is up a touch, but most everything else is about the same. Looks like his GB% took a hit, and his FB% is up, but his BABIP is down from last year. If he keep going at this rate, his WAR should be up from last year, too. Seems like folks are just hitting his fastball up in the air more than they did last year.