Cubs Put the Bull in Bullpen – Cubs 5 Padres 9

Game One Hundred Nineteen – Cubs 5 Padres 9
WP – Kevin Correia (10-7) LP – Tom Gorzelanny (6-7) Save – None

Lou Piniella summed up the problems in the pen after the game. Piniella said, “The young kids are getting an opportunity of a lifetime and none of them are stepping up and taking advantage of it.” Piniella is right but it could be said that the coaching staff is not getting the job done as well.

Monday night was nothing-nothing until two-outs in the top of the fifth. Tom Gorzelanny gave up a two-out single to the eighth place hitter in the Padres lineup then a double to the pitcher, Kevin Correia. The Padres ended up scoring at least one run from the fifth inning on and pounded out 15 hits off Cubs’ pitching.

The Cubs tried to make a game of it but once again came up short. Lou’s offense left five on base in the first two innings and managed only one hit after the second inning until the seventh.

The Cubs woke up and scored all five of their runs in the seventh and eighth innings off the Padres pen. But every time the Cubs would cut into the Padres lead, the young pen would give those runs right back.

Justin Berg allowed an inherited run to score. Andrew Cashner gave up two runs on three hits in the eighth and James Russell gave up a pair in the ninth on two hits and a walk.

Kosuke Fukudome (3-for-5 with a double and two RBI) and Blake DeWitt (2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored) did a majority of the damage Monday night, but not as much as Miguel Tejada.

Miguel Tejada was once again a one-man wrecking crew against Cubs’ pitching. Tejada reached base four times in five trips to the plate, scored two and drove in a pair.

Tom Gorzelanny was good for six innings but Piniella left him in to start the seventh … and once again the Cubs manager made the wrong decision. Gorzelanny was out of gas at the end of six. He had thrown 103 pitches and walked two of the last three batters he faced in the sixth.

Lou Piniella sent him out to start the seventh and he could only record one out. The Padres tacked on three runs and Piniella turned Gorzelanny’s solid outing into a bad one in 17 pitches.

Gorzelanny gave up two runs in the first six but ended up allowing five runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings with three walks and two strikeouts. Gorzelanny threw 120 pitches, 70 for strikes.

Darwin Barney recorded his first big league hit Monday night. Barney (1-for-5) doubled in the first inning.

The Cubs lost their 69th game of the year Monday night and slipped back to 19 under the mediocre mark (50-69) …

The writing was on the wall during Spring Training that the Cubs’ bullpen would be a problem this season … and everyone saw it except for the people paid to make the decisions for the organization. For as good as Carlos Marmol and Sean Marshall have been, the rookies and John Grabow have been equally as bad … and in most cases, worse.

Monday night was a winnable game but ended up being another one the players, and the manager, gave away.

The Cubs had a huge chance in the first inning … but as usual came away with nothing. Kosuke Fukudome led off the bottom of the first with a single to left. Darwin Barney then blooped a double down the right field line on a 0-1 pitch. The Cubs had runners on second and third with no outs …

Marlon Byrd hit a rocket to short on Kevin Correia’s first pitch. Byrd was out easily and both runners had to hold. Aramis Ramirez struck out and Alfonso Soriano predictably popped out to right to end the inning.

Tom Gorzelanny reached on a two-out single to center in the second. Kosuke followed with his second hit of the game, a single to left center. But Darwin Barney grounded out to short to end the inning. Five left on base in the first two innings …

Chris Denorfia ripped Gorzelanny’s first pitch into right center with two outs in the fifth. Gorzelanny lost his focus and gave up a double to left to Kevin Correia … he cued it off the end of bat but at least he made contact. Denorfia scored … 1-0 Padres.

The Friars tacked on in the sixth after a leadoff, bloop single to left by Miguel Tejada. Adrian Gonzalez singled to right on a 2-2 pitch, Tejada advanced to third and scored on a sac fly to right by Ryan Ludwick. The former Cardinal wasted no time and hit Gorzelanny’s first pitch deep enough into to right to plate Tejada.

Yorvit Torrealba lined out to center for the second out. Gorzelanny then issued a two-out walk to Chase Headley after being ahead 1-2. Scott Hairston walked on four pitches to load the bases.

Gorzelanny was left in to face Chris Denorfia and he grounded out to Barney up the middle to end the inning.

Piniella left Gorzelanny in to start the seventh … and once again it was a mistake. Tony Gwynn, Jr. led off the inning with a bunt single up the third baseline. Gwynn then stole second with Jerry Hairston, Jr. at the plate. Hairston, Jr. then popped out on a bunt attempt.

Miguel Tejada, who has shown he loves hitting Cubs’ pitching over the years, doubled to left and drove in Gwynn, Jr. Tejada’s third hit of the night …

Adrian Gonzalez singled to center off a visibly tired Tom Gorzelanny and plated Tejada with the Padres’ fourth run. Piniella made the slow walk and went to his pen for Justin Berg.

Ryan Ludwick grounded out to short but Gonzalez advanced to second. Berg walked Yorvit Torrealba then gave up a single to center to Chase Headley. Gonzalez scored … 5-0. Torrealba advanced to third with two outs … Scott Hairston flied out to right for the third out.

The Cubs finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh.

Blake DeWitt recorded the Cubs’ second hit since the second inning … a one-out single to right. Koyie Hill tapped out to Luke Gregerson, DeWitt advanced to second on the play.

Tyler Colvin hit for Justin Berg and worked a walk after falling behind 0-2.

Bud Black went to his pen for Joe Thatcher to face Kosuke Fukudome.

Fukudome delivered a two-out, two-run double to right on a 1-2 pitch. DeWitt and Colvin scored. Barney flied out to right to end the inning.

Andrew Cashner took the mound in the eighth and gave the two runs right back.

Chris Denorfia singled to right and advanced to third on a bloop double to left by Tony Gwynn, Jr. With the infield in, Hairston, Jr. grounded out to second.

Cashner uncorked a wild pitch with Tejada at the plate. Denorfia scored … 6-2 Padres. Tejada then singled to center, his fourth hit of the game, and plated Gwynn, Jr. with the Padres seventh run.

The Cubs offense came to life in the bottom of the eighth. Xavier Nady reached on an infield single up the middle. A wild pitch advanced Nady to second. Alfonso Soriano hit the Cubs’ second double of the night into right center. Nady scored … 7-3 Padres.

Blake DeWitt worked the count to 2-2 against Ernesto Frieri then launched his second homer a Cub … a two-run shot over the wall in right, 7-5 Padres. But Bud Black went to his pen for Mike Adams and he struck out Koyie Hill looking to end the inning.

James Russell took over for Andrew Cashner in the ninth and struggled again. Russell ended up striking out the side but in between gave up a one-out double to Chase Headley. Russell then walked Matt Stairs and served up a triple to Chris Denorfia. Headley and Stairs scored … 9-5 Padres.

Russell struck out Tony Gwynn, Jr, and Jerry Hairston, Jr. to end the inning.

Health Bell retired the Cubs in order to end the game.

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