Another Day … and Another Loss – Cubs 1 Phillies 7

Game Sixty-Three – Cubs 1 Phillies 7
WP – Cliff Lee (6-5) LP – Matt Garza (2-6) Save – None

For the eighth time this season, the Cubs had to wait on the rain but like so many other times this season, the rain just delayed the inevitable. After the weather postponed the start of the game 32 minutes, the Cubs did could not do much against Cliff Lee but were down by only one run going into the bottom of the seventh.

Matt Garza kept his team close and held the Phillies to two runs, one earned, in his six innings of work (Garza walked three, struck out four and threw 113 pitches, 65 for strikes). When Garza turned the ball over to Sean Marshall, the Cubs were down 2-1.

The Phillies scored five of their seven runs off Sean Marshall and Casey Coleman in the last two innings. Marshall, and the Cubs defense, gave up a pair of runs in the seventh … the first time in 20 road outings that Marshall has allowed any runs. Blake DeWitt misplayed a ball of the bat of Raul Ibanez into a double that drove in Ryan Howard with the Phillies’ fourth run.

Casey Coleman was activated prior to Saturday’s game and continued his struggles at the Major League level. Coleman gave up three runs on two hits and a walk in his inning of work. Chase Utley hit a two-run shot off Coleman that turned another loss into another embarrassment. Mike Quade continues to misuse his players and it cost him once again Saturday.

The Cubs offense was pretty much non-existent against Cliff Lee. Q’s squad managed just four hits, two by Darwin Barney, and Luis Montanez drove in the Cubs only run. Blake DeWitt recorded the Cubs fourth hit, a single to lead off the sixth.

With just one run Saturday, the Cubs have been outscored 48-23 over the first nine games of the current 10-game trip.

The Cubs “defense” was charged with two more errors Saturday and now lead the league in charged errors with 52. The Cubs have committed many more miscues than they’ve been charged with this season.

With Saturday’s loss, the Cubs dropped back to 13 games under .500 on the season with a 25-38 record …

Saturday’s game started on a bad note for Matt Garza. Jimmy Rollins hit a soft liner on a 2-1 pitch to Darwin Barney. The ball appeared to be tailing a little bit but still a play a major leaguer should make. Barney dropped the ball and Rollins was safe at first.

Shane Victorino followed with an infield single off Barney’s glove. Barney made a diving attempt into the 3-4 hole, got a glove on it and kept Rollins from advancing to third.

Chase Utley stepped in and ripped a 1-0 pitch into left center. Rollins scored easily with the always-hustling Victorino right behind him … 2-0 Phillies.

Ryan Howard grounded out to Castro in the shift. Utley advanced to third and Quade moved his infield in. Garza took it up a notch and struck out both Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez swinging to end the inning.

Matt Garza retired Domonic Brown and Carlos Ruiz to start the second but Cliff Lee singled to left center on a 2-2 pitch. Garza then walked Jimmy Rollins to prolong the inning. Shane Victorino smoked a 0-1 pitch to first but right at Carlos Pena to end the inning.

At the end of two, the Phillies had a 2-0 lead and Cliff Lee was cruising. Garza had thrown nearly twice as many pitches (Garza – 47 total, 28 for strikes; Lee – 26 total, 17 for strikes) and Lee had not allowed a hit.

Lee retired Tyler Colvin and Matt Garza quickly to start the third. Starlin Castro worked the Cubs second walk of the game. Darwin Barney notched the Cubs first hit of the game, and his first hit of the series, with a grounder into left off Polanco’s glove.

Luis Montanez blooped a 2-2 pitch into shallow right just out of the reach of Chase Utley. Castro scored … 2-1 Phillies.

Aramis Ramirez popped out to Utley in shallow right on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

Garza sat down the Phillies in order in the bottom of the third … and Lee retired the Cubs in order in the top of the fourth.

The Phillies put two on with one out against Garza in the bottom of the fourth. Domonic Brown walked with one out and advanced to second on a single to left center by Carlos Ruiz. Cliff Lee stepped in, squared to bunt, pulled the bat back and hit a grounder to Castro at short. Castro threw to Barney but Lee hustled down the line and reached without a throw.

With runners on first and third with two outs, Jimmy Rollins flied out to right to end the inning.

Cliff Lee retired the Cubs in order in the fifth … and after five Lee’s pitch count stood at 72 pitches, 47 for strikes.

Matt Garza kept pace with Lee and retired the Phillies in order in the bottom of the fifth … and after five, Garza’s pitch count stood at 89 pitches, 52 for strikes.

The Phillies had another chance to put the game out of reach in the bottom of the sixth … with help from the Cubs defense. Placido Polanco reached on an infield single to the hole at short. Raul Ibanez then hit a chopper to Barney who threw to second to force Polanco but Castro’s throw was a little late (very close) to first.

The Cubs second error of the game (52nd of the year, worst in the league) put runners on second and third. Domonic Brown hit a ball to the third base side of the mound. Garza picked up the ball and threw to first. Once again Garza rushed his throw and Pena could not keep it in front of him.

Garza intentionally walked Carlos Ruiz to load the bases.

Cliff Lee struck out swinging for the second out … and Jimmy Rollins grounded out to second to end the inning.

The Cubs recorded their fourth hit of Lee in the top of the seventh, a leadoff single by Blake DeWitt but he did not move from first base … Soto popped out to left, Pena struck out and Colvin grounded out to second.

The Phillies tacked on two in the bottom of the seventh off Sean Marshall.

Shane Victorino ripped Marshall’s first pitch down the third base line … somehow past Aramis Ramirez who was right on the line. Chase Utley grounded out to second on the first pitch. Victorino advanced to third on the play.

Marshall jumped out ahead of Ryan Howard 0-2 but the Phillies’ slugger worked the count back to 3-2 before ripping a single into right. Victorino scored … 3-1 Phillies.

Placido Polanco popped out to right for the second out.

Marshall got ahead of Raul Ibanez 1-2 before the veteran reached out and poked Marshall’s next pitch into left. Blake DeWitt tried to make a diving catch instead of playing the ball on the hop. DeWitt missed, the ball rolled past him, Ibanez ended up with a double and Howard scored the Phillies’ fourth run. Marshall retired Brown on a ground out to third to end the inning.

Casey Coleman, who was just activated Saturday morning, pitched the eighth and his command problems continued. Casey walked Carlos Ruiz to start his day. Michael Martinez hit for Cliff Lee and sacrificed Ruiz to second. Carlos Pena robbed Jimmy Rollins of at least a double with an excellent diving stop on the first base line. Ruiz advanced to third on the play.

Shane Victorino blooped a 1-1 pitch just out of the reach of Castro in short center. Ruiz scored … 5-1. Chase Utley launched a 2-2 pitch over the wall in right … 7-1 Phillies. And the Cubs offense went quietly in the ninth to end the game.

Look, what can you say … It’s a Way of Life!

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

Doug Davis against Roy Oswalt in the series finale Sunday afternoon.

Quote of the Day

"What scares me is what scares you. We're all afraid of the same things." - John Carpenter

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  • Ripsnorter1

    NEWSFLASH: 

    NEWSFLASH BULLETIN!

    The Twins just won their 25th game. The Astros are tied in the ninth with Atlanta. IF the Astros can actually win a game, then the Cubs will be tied for LAST PLACE!!!  Think of the possibilities! 

    I can’t wait for Quade’s lineup for tomorrow! This genius is going to bring us what we have so long coveted– A LAST PLACE FINISH BEHIND THE PIRATES!!!

    • GaryLeeT

      My scientific mind tells me that there is a direct correlation between a team allows the most walks, has the worst ERA, and fielding percentage in MLB, with being destined for last place.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Wow! We’ve got Davis going tomorrow (0-5 6.38 ERA) vs. Roy Oswalt. We have every chance in the world of losing this game! If the Astros and Twins can actually each win a game, we will have achieved what Hendry has struggled for so very long to give to us Cubs’ fan: LAST PLACE!!!!

    I can see the lineup for tomorrow right now in my mind’s eye:Funko
    Barney 
    DeWitt–in LF
    PenaAram–
    Colvin
    K. Hill
    Castro
    Davis

    Davis won’t make it through 5 IP. He’ll give up 7 earned runs. DeWitt will misplay not one, but TWO balls in LF. K.Hill will make an error. Pena will strike out 3 times, and hit into a double play the only AB which he has in which men are on base; Aram won’t hustle on a grounder to short that is booted, and he’ll be thrown out anyway. The Cubs will swing at the first pitch for 25 ABs. And Quade will tell us that “things are looking up.” 

    • paulcatanese

      Rip,just read about re-alingment and am interested. If they would move all of the teams out of the Central Division ad left just the Cubs do you think as I, that the Cubs still not win the Central and get into the playoffs?

      • Ripsnorter1

        Mathematically impossible–for the Cubs to win the division in that kind of an alignment. Oh, I know some would think that they could win, but they’d find the one way to lose!

        Murphy’s Law: You can never make anything fool proof, because those fools are so ingenious.

  • Ryan7_21_05

    lets start at the bottom. The players suck and don’t know how to play the game. The bold old man wearing #8 don’t know how to manage a damn team. The front office don’t know who is good and who isn’t and don’t know how to pick the right manager for the team. And the owner’s have let it all happen. What a great team. I don’t blame Ryno for walking away at all. This is just f’in stupid. And can’t believe someone or better yet haphazard the damn organization hasn’t been fired yet. DO SOMETHING. FIRE SOMEONE OR SELL THE DAMN TEAM ALREADY.

    • Mark

      Well said my man!  I was screaming the same damn thing last week and got yelled at for swearing!  This organization is a JOKE and going to be bankrupt very soon if nothings done.  The Ricketts family will pay dearly for a long time by “the windy city” is they don’t get their act together, with getting more tickets sold from a result of getting better players on the field, and especially with Wrigley Field renovation.

  • Ripsnorter1

    LEADER BOARDS:

    The Cubs are #1 in many categories:(for all of MLB)
    #1 in Errors
    #1 in worst starting pitching (21 QS–#2 is KC with 28)
    #1 in worst OBP allowed by pitching staff
    #1 in worst WHIP allowed by pitching staff
    #1 in BB allowed by pitching staff
    #1 in fewest CG by pitching staff
    #1 in fewest Shutouts by pitching staff
    #1 in fewest BB by its hitters

    There are many, many categories where we are#2, #3, #4 or so in the league for fewest HR, SB, etc

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Reed Johnson was hit by a pitch in tonight’s game

    Reed Johnson en route to a Des Moines hospital for stitches in his head. Don’t
    know about concussion yet

    Iowa mgr Bill Dancy tells DMR Reed Johnson “so far looks good” after being hit
    in helmet, taken to hospital. Reed cut in head

    • Ripsnorter1

      What is this? The year to hit Cubs’ players in the head? This is awful!

  • paulcatanese

    Just got in and read your’e report Neil, kind of glad I missed this one.

    • paulcatanese

      Neil, I was talking about the report on the game and not Johnson. Hope he is ok.

  • paulcatanese

    As I had predicted on an earlier post. Quade’s lineup only produced 1 hit from 4 on down. This is a joke fo a manager.

    • cubtex

      I agree Paul he is over his head but honestly, it is not like he has a great roster to choose from :) Look at that outfield with Byrd and Soriano out. He can use Fuko, Colvin(who is hitting .100) Campana( I know you like him and I would prefer to play him just for his basestealing ability) Montanez and DeWitt. That is not exactly murderers row :)

      • Cheryl

        Don’t look for it to get any better unless Quade goes. By July 31st the team’s pitchers will be more of a shambles than it is now. His pitchers may well be decimated from overuse. Z would do well to approve a trade that gets him out of here.

        • Ripsnorter1

          I can hardly believe that they’d over throw Z like Quade did. Why on earth burn up your best starter in June?  BTW the Reds bullpen is in a shambles–Dusty is destroying that one, too. The guy’s a veritable genius! I have the Reds at third place for this year, and they have arrived, and I hope they stay that low or lower.

          • Joey U

            What do you expect from Bush@Hendry buddy, 17yrs below sea level ought to give you clue.

      • paulcatanese

        I agree, he does not have a great deal to work with,I just felt he could have spaced them more evenly given the players he had. I like Camapna, but didnt think he would have been the answer as he really would shine with a lineup that can hit or have pop.I agree with how to use him as a basestealing threat. You are right there was not much that could have been out there.By the way my new neighbors are fron Texas, but are staunch Rockies fans.

  • Ripsnorter1

    ESPN rates Cubs #1 pick:

    Baez has crazy bat speed and big future power potential, but needs to find a position and show a little more energy on the field.At the plate Baez unleashes on every pitch with a max-effort swing that, when he squares a ball up, produces loud, hard contact. He doesn’t shorten up or ever use another approach beyond “swing with all you’ve got,” and he can get too power-happy and start to swing uphill.He still projects to hit for plus power, but the potential to hit for average will depend on his willingness to cut down his swing when needed.On defense, he has a plus arm and quick transfers, meaning he should be able to play third base if (as is likely) he outgrows shortstop. He has also caught a little in the past, and I know scouts who like him there, but the general sentiment is that he’s not interested in the position.But the biggest issue for Baez is how he acts on the field. He’s more than just flashy, he’s very showy, and he doesn’t always play like he’s fully prepared or engaged. He has as much potential impact with the bat as any prep player in this draft, but the need for a new position and questions about his on-field demeanor are going to hold down his stock.

    • Dorasaga

      Hi, I wonder if you got the scouting report for Greinke and Rasmus (2002 Round 1, Royals and 2005 Round 1, Cardinals, respectively). They both seem like having attitude problems.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I did not read the Greinke and Rasmus scouting reports. The post I made above is just a quote of ESPN’s analysts about Baez. I didn’t make any comments within that post, and no negative comments or connotations were implied. In my view a high school player most certainly needs to be polished before he is ML ready. Baez needs polish, too, from this report.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

          I was totally against this pick to begin with but he is a young kid that is going to have these type issues in this day and age. There are a number of kids that have the same type of write up about them in high school just because of the big fish, little pond thing. If he signs with the cubs then we are getting a masher that needs to learn to be a hitter.

          Think of it as a 100 MPH fast ball thrower in high school. He doesn’t have to listen to anyone about changing up his approach because there are very few high school hitters that even can locate a huge fast ball that quickly. It takes flame throwers sometimes in to there 30’s to learn how to pitch (Randy Johnson didn’t take that long but it was 27,28,29 before he was effective as a pitcher and not just throwing).

          If someone can get into this guys head and show him that you do not have to be a hacker every time up and show him what the right way is to prepare and play the game he will be fine.

          You know there is a reason that Larry Walker is a “talent consultant” for the Cardinals right? He sees it as his job to take time every spring and hand pick kids that he thinks have something to learn from him to work. Then help them learn how to prepare and become better on every aspect of their game. I think having someone like that to mentor this kid soon is a good idea.

          • Dorasaga

            I thought Ryne Sandberg served such a role. Barney even detailed what he learned from Ryno, in that fangraphs interview I believe you posted.

            Now the Cubs is down to Maddux as the “consultant.”

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

            Maddux can do a lot of that from a pitching aspect. Just because the preparation is so much different from a game to game aspect. Maddux can teach every kid a lot about being a class act and how to maximize talent through hard work.
            The guy I was kind of thinking of is Andre Dawson. He has such a high baseball IQ and is in love with Wrigley to this day. He would fit and he needs to be brought back in some capacity. Hawk needs to be given free range over the kids he wants to work with. He currently is working in the front office of the Marlins.

          • paulcatanese

            There’s the problem, the more money he gets to sign the less he’s going to listen to anyone and thinks his way is the right way. He will not be released  because of the money and will be a pain in the butt untill he wakes up, you would have to look no further than Aram and a few others to see what it does.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

             That is why you need someone that was in the same situation to get his attention early. Even Shawn Dunston would work in that aspect. Even though I think it needs to be someone with a HOF ring just to get the kids attention.

          • paulcatanese

            Agree Richard, and the key word that you used was “early”. If too much time elapses it would be too late. Then again I may be all wrong about this kid but have seen many in the same format. Although it may be college where I have met these players the analogy is the same to me .

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

            I run into kids like that every once in a while working with an AAU team I help out with when I have time. The easiest way to get there attention is to have someone talk to them that they recognize as an equal or at least as talented. It goes a long way to let them know that they were not the first and won’t be the last “next big thing”.

        • Dorasaga

          I wasn’t thinking negative, either, but curious, if scouts addressed such issue out of Greinke and Rasmus, specifically. My current opinion is that the result matters, but any scouting report can help me to rethink what I believed. (While you got the espn insider subscription…?)

          The organization needs to further develop the talent. Attitude can be a problem, and it can always be, yet accepted if the talent succeeds on a Major League level.

          • paulcatanese

            Not too up on Greinke other than what was written. But you may find it interesting to follow up on Rasmus who argued daily with LaRussa,wanted to be traded and later chastised by Pujols who told him in no uncertain terms that if he didn’t like the Cardinals way hit the highway. It was definatly an issue a year or so ago.

  • cubs1967

    hint to ricketts, if he knows anything about the game of baseball; tell your overmatched, under qualified, never should of been hired manager, that if you have any inclinations of moving zambrano at the trade deadline, in this lost season, that 128 pitches by him, is NOT the way to do it if you want to risk his arm………….and for what reason???………….

    yo, JH, control your bitch of a manager, would ya!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

    If you had a team that hired a 20 year minor league manager and went on to win 64 in his first year and was 38 games under 500 for his first 4 would you say he was overmatched? Would you say that he didn’t understand baseball. Or would you say he just didn’t have any talent. By the way the guy I am talking about went on to be with that first team 10 years 86-96 and went to the NLCS 3 strait years.
      All I am saying is that we have to give a new manager a chance before we say he is this or that.

    • cubs1967

      here’s a new flash for ya; please sit down; NOT only is quade a clown, but the easter bunny, tooth fairy and santa clause don’t exist either……..

      reality check bud!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

        Yep I bet you would have ran Leyland out of Pittsburg on rail. I am not saying that I agree with Quade but you have to have talent to win. The cubs don’t have any.

  • http://twitter.com/cornerlots Marvin Ferguson

    Its heart breaking to watch the Cubs be behind by only 1 run through 7 innings  and then lose any chances for a victory in the late inning. Garza deserves better back up at the plate by Cub batters.

  • http://twitter.com/cornerlots Marvin Ferguson

    It’s heart breaking to watch the Cubs behind by 1 run only to lose it 7—1 in the late innings. Garza deserves some back up at the plate by Cub hitters.