network madAre you over it yet? Losing any game in 10 innings is frustrating, and that goes double when the Cubs had a late lead. And that goes double double when they had a bunch of opportunities to put up crooked-number innings and failed to do so. And it goes double-double-double when it’s all against the Cardinals. So I guess that game was eight times frustrating.

  • Really, though, for me, the only part that irritates me is the failure to score when opportunities presented themselves. And, even then, I’m not angry at anyone, because that’s just baseball. Often the Cubs were putting the ball in play in those situations, and it just happened upon a Cardinal. As for the extra-innings part, well, the Cubs have done that to a bunch of teams. As for the losing a late lead part, it was only one run, and you can’t expect the bullpen to be perfect every time.
  • (Anyone else go through mental gymnastics last night thinking, “If that groundball by Wong doesn’t hit second base, he is thrown out at first and Bourjos is at third with one out. Carpenter is then walked, and then Peralta’s grounder is to an actual infielder playing for the double play, not an outfielder pressed into infield duty who has to throw home.” The dribbler was soft enough that the Cubs probably couldn’t have turned two – would that have been an even more frustrating loss? Losing by a half-step on an almost double play?)

  • That all reminds me: don’t hate on Greg Garcia for pumping his arm as he rounded the bases or for taking a curtain call. That’s a guy who’d been in the minors for five years, got a shot in a big spot, and did something he almost never does (hitting homers). He was excited.
  • Anthony Rizzo called last night’s a “tough loss” and Jake Arrieta said the Cubs have to win games like that when they’re leading late (
  • Writing about the Kris Bryant removal stuff from Thursday, Gordon Wittenmyer takes a meta look at the way Twitter joking and speculation – often, but not always, by anonymous folks who believe they are just having some fun – can feed on itself until it becomes something that a player actually responds to (and then that, in turn, is sometimes presented as more than it really was). I thought Bryant handled things very well, but I also think it’s lame that folks doing some ill-informed speculating (as opposed to folks joking around) turned this into a thing. Wittenmyer’s piece – and Patrick Mooney’s, too – makes for an interesting read on the blurry and social-media-fueled-24-hour-times in which we live.

  • More on today’s starter for the Cubs, Donn Roach, at ESPN.
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