Cubs Reach a New Low in St. Louis – Cubs 2 Cardinals 9

Game One Hundred Six – Cubs 2 Cardinals 9
WP – Edwin Jackson (1-0, 8-7) LP – Matt Garza (4-8) Save – None

Friday night was another in a long line of ugly games for the Chicago Cubs this season. Mike Quade’s team and coaching staff embarrassed themselves with poor play in every aspect of the game. The Cubs lost for the fourth time in as many games and in the process they dropped to a season-worst 22 games under .500.

The Cubs failed to execute in any aspect of the game on Friday night in St. Louis.

Matt Garza pitched better than his final line and really made only one big mistake … the three-run homer by David Freese in the fourth inning. The Cubs defense did not show up Friday night and it cost Garza. While the Cubs were charged with only two errors, they made many more mistakes. Garza ended up allowing six runs, all earned, on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Garza threw 89 pitches, 59 for strikes.

Carlos Marmol made his first appearance since last Sunday and gave up three runs on three hits (all doubles) and a walk in an inning of work. Marmol struck out a batter and appeared very uncomfortable on the mound.

The Cubs defense added two more errors to their league worst total but misplayed balls by Aramis Ramirez, Starlin Castro and Geovany Soto gave the Cardinals extra outs … and they took advantage.

Not to be outdone by the players, Ivan DeJesus committed two costly mistakes … DeJesus didn’t send a runner when he should have then did send a runner when he should not have. DeJesus held Marlon Byrd in the second on a hard hit single to left by Alfonso Soriano. Byrd would have scored and eventually did but his decision changed the course of the inning. Then in the seventh with the Cubs down by five, DeJesus waived Tyler Colvin around third. Colvin was thrown out at the plate for the second out of the inning.

The Cubs had a runner thrown out a third and at home on Friday night.

The Cubs offense continued to struggle. Q’s offense has scored a grand total of six runs in the first four games of the trip. The Cubs managed nine hits and three walks but were 3-for-8 with RISP, eight left on base.

Albert Pujols had another big game against the Cubs and once again recorded a personal milestone against the Chicago Cubs. Pujols entered play Friday night two hits short of 2000 in his career and Pujols reached the mark with a 2-for-5 night that included a pair of doubles, a RBI and a run scored.

Bad defense, baserunning gaffes, poor coaching, lack of clutch hitting … no wonder with Friday night’s loss the Cubs are now a season-low 22 games under .500 with a 42-64 record …

The Cubs and Cardinals both managed a hit in the first inning but did not score. Starlin Castro led off the game with a single to left on a 3-1 pitch by Edwin Jackson … but Barney, Ramirez and Pena could not get the job done.

For the Cardinals, Jon Jay was the beneficiary of a misplayed ball in right by Tyler Colvin. Jay singled to right with one out but Albert Pujols hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Garza threw only seven pitches (five for strikes) in the first.

The Cubs wasted a golden opportunity in the second. Q’s un-fundamental squad, and coaching staff, cost them a big inning.

Marlon Byrd led off the second with a double down the left field line. Jackson hit Soto near the hand on a 1-1 pitch. Alfonso Soriano hit a smash to left past a diving Daniel Descalso. Ivan DeJesus held up Byrd at third when he could have scored.

With the bases loaded and no outs, Tyler Colvin fell behind 1-2 before working the count back to full. Colvin lined a ball into right field. Corey Patterson made the catch and a strong throw to the plate but Byrd slid in safe with the Cubs first run.

For some reason, Geovany Soto waited to tag from second. Molina threw a strike to third to cut down Soto for the second out of the inning. Soto heard from Mike Quade when he returned to the dugout. Garza struck out swinging … but even when the Cubs score a run they make it feel like they did not.

Matt Garza gave up a two-out double on a 0-2 pitch to Skip Schumaker in the second, but that was it.

Darwin Barney reached on a one out single to right in the third. Aramis Ramirez looked lost at the plate for the second time and struck out swinging. Carlos Pena popped out to second to end the third.

Daniel Descalso reached on an error by Carlos Pena to start the third. Jackson dropped down his first sac bunt of the season (0-for-4 prior) and advanced Descalso to second. Patterson grounded out to short and with Descalso on third, Jon Jay grounded out to second to end the inning.

The Cubs went in order for the first time in the fourth.

The Cardinals took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth. Albert Pujols entered play Friday night just two hits shy of 2000 for his career and he got number 1999 to lead off the fourth. Pujols ripped a 2-1 pitch into the gap in right and ended up at second with a double. Matt Holliday reached on an infield single up the middle. David Freese gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead with one swing of the bat.

Freese launched Garza’s first pitch into the stands in left center … 3-1 Cardinals.

To Garza’s credit he retired the next three batters he faced to end the inning.

Matt Garza put together his best at bat of the season that resulted in a single to right on a 2-2 pitch (Garza has a two-game hitting streak). Starlin Castro worked the Cubs first walk. With runners on first and second with one out, Darwin Barney advanced both runners with a swinging bunt to the third base side of the mound. Jackson threw out Barney and retired Ramirez on a ground out to first to end the inning.

The Cardinals managed only one hit in the fifth, a two out single by Jon Jay.

Carlos Pena led off the sixth with a four-pitch walk but Marlon Byrd rolled into a 5-4-3 double play … and Soto popped out to shallow left to end the inning.

The Cardinals blew the game open in the bottom of the sixth … and chased Matt Garza from the game.

The Cubs defense, namely Aramis Ramirez, let Garza down in the sixth and it cost him a bunch of runs. Matt Holliday led off the sixth on a double down the third baseline. Aramis Ramirez misplayed the ball, appeared to short-arm it. Garza struck out David Freese but walked Skip Schumaker.

Yadier Molina singled to left. Soriano missed the cutoff man but delivered a one-hop throw to the plate. Soto dropped the ball as Holliday slid in with the Cardinals fourth run. Both runners advanced to second and third on the play. Garza intentionally walked Descalso to load the bases with one out.

Edwin Jackson hit for himself and fouled out to Carlos Pena.

Mike Quade went to his pen and brought in James Russell to face Corey Patterson. Tony LaRussa went to his bench and sent up a former Cub to hit for a former Cub. Ryan Theriot hit for Patterson and hit a slow chopper to third. Ramirez slipped as he appeared to dive unnecessarily for the ball. The ball hit off his glove, rolled into foul territory and both Schumaker and Molina scored … 6-1 Cardinals. Theriot was given a double on what should have been an error.

Russell retired Jon Jay on a grounder to second to end the inning.

Tyler Colvin reached on a one-out single in the seventh. Blake DeWitt hit for Russell and Colvin advanced to second on a balk. DeWitt hit a hard single into right past a diving Theriot. Schumaker charged and made a strong throw to the plate.

Ivan DeJesus sent Colvin to the plate down by five in the seventh … and he was thrown out.

After a wild pitch advanced DeWitt to second, Castro popped out to center to end the inning.

Ramon Ortiz issued a one-out walk to Holliday in the seventh but that was it.

The Cubs scored a run … and once again it should have been more in the eighth. Kyle McClellan started the eighth for the Cards and walked Darwin Barney to begin the inning. Aramis Ramirez lined out to left. Carlos Pena reached on an infield single.

With runners on first and second with one out, Marlon Byrd ripped a 0-1 pitch into right that hopped over the wall for a ground rule double. Barney scored … 6-2 Cardinals.

Jason Motte replaced McClellan and struck out Geovany Soto swinging. Soriano lined out to a diving Jon Jay in shallow center to end the inning.

Carlos Marmol took the hill for the first time since Sunday and was hit very hard.

Yadier Molina ripped Marmol’s first pitch into left center for a double. Descalso lined out to right. Molina tagged and advanced to third. Marmol walked Tyler Greene. Greene then took off for second on a 1-0 pitch to Ryan Theriot. Greene swiped the bag as the ball got past Barney and ended up in center. Molina scored on the Cubs second charged error of the game … 7-2 Cardinals.

Ryan Theriot reached on a hustle double to left center. Greene scored … 8-2. Jon Jay struck out swinging.

Albert Pujols stepped in a hit shy of 2000 for his career … and of course #2000 came against the Chicago Cubs. Pujols doubled down the left field line on a 1-1 pitch. Theriot scored the Cardinals ninth run and Pujols received a standing ovation. Tony Cruz hit for Matt Holliday and popped out to second to end the inning.

The Cubs went down in order to end the game.

The Cubs have lost a lot of games this season … but not many have been as ugly as the one on Friday night.

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Rodrigo Lopez will face Kyle Lohse on Saturday afternoon.

Quote of the Day

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the things you did." - Mark Twain

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  • roseyc

    There is a song by the offbeat band called Phantom and Slick called “Men without Shame” It makes me think about the Cubs brass. If they have no shame then loosing doesn’t bother them and will put up with this mess epecially Ricketts. Do you feel the shame? Is this not embarrasing? There is line in the song “Try and please them Try and please them ..they know the game. Men without Shame

    • paulcatanese

      I dont know any bands after Lawrence Welk, but the words you have posted from this group sound very appropriate.

    • Ripsnorter1

      What shame? That the poorest one among them is making $1 million per year? 

  • paulcatanese

    Molina and Soto were having quite a conversation before he stepped in to hit, could it be that Soto told Molino, first pitch fastball, middle and doubled with a big grin on his face. Never know how much players get ticked at their situation and retaliate, silently.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brett Jackson 3-for-4 with HR, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI in game two of DH on Friday night (0-for-2 with BB in gm one). Iowa split doubleheader

  • Anonymous47701

    Trade Idea:

    OF Matt Kemp

    for
    C Geovany Soto
    RF Nelson Perez
    INF Blake DeWitt
    3B Marquez Smith

    • GrantJones7

      Is that a serious offer?
      It would take Soto, Bjaxx/Szczur, plus another mid-top prospect at least to get Kemp

    • Ripsnorter1

      The Dodgers don’t want Blake DeWitt. 

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

      Take Blake DeWitt out and put in Brett Jackson. Then it would at least start a conversation. That deal with out Blake DeWitt would get you Either.

      • Anonymous47701

        I don’t know if the Cubs want to relinquish Brett Jackson right now, what about Josh Vitters?

  • gocubs

    2012

    Jackson RF
    Szczur CF
    Fielder 1B
    Ramirez 3B
    Castro SS
    Byrd LF
    Soto C
    LeMahieu 2B

    Bench:
    Flaherty
    Barney
    Colvin
    Castillo

    • GrantJones7

      Szczur is not ready, neither is Jackson as of right now, injuries still affecting him.

    • Anonymous47701

      No Way Ramirez should be resigned in 2012, Fielder may not come to Northside, Colvin cannot sit on the bench, Szczur may need another year, Soto should be traded and Byrd should go to a Contender like Texas. Unless the Cubs have a Coaching Staff that actually knows how to coach these kids Major League Fundementals, I just don’t think this lineup is going to be good enough to post at least a winning season.

      • Ryan7

        WHO THE HELL IS GOING TO TAKE RAMIREZ PLACE AT 3B NEXT YEAR IF HE DONT GET RESIGNED. WHO VITTERS YA HIS THE GUY U WANT. HE IS HOT THEN HE SUCKS THEN HES ON A LITTLE THEN HE SUCKS AGAIN. DAVID WRIGHT UM NO WAY HES COMMING OFF BACK SURGARY AND WILL END UP LIKE JOE CREEDY. SO WHO WOULD U LIKE TO SEE AT THE HOT CORNER NEXT YEAR THAT WILL HIT 2O 25 HRS AND AROUND 80 TO 100 RIBS. I CANT SEE ANYONE DOING THAT OTHER THEN THE BEST 3B IN THE NL AND THAT IS ARAM RIGHT NOW.

        • Anonymous47701

          I would give Ryan Flaherty a shot at 3rd Base.

          • Ryan7

            u really think he is giong to drive in 90 rbis and slap 25 homers and hit around .290 or so NO WAY he is another Vitters the only difference is they wear a different number on their back. with a different name

          • jey518

            I’d take small ball over Ramirez,he doesn’t even show up until mid season when its too late. 

          • cubtex

            Vitters is only 21. Let’s not write him off yet!

        • ghostofelvis

          Hmm-sounds like Aramis Ramirez-doesnt hit in April/May, doesnt hit in the playoffs. Posts big numbers when his team is 10-20 games under .500. Im not impressed with him. Let someone else waste there $ on this malcontent. The $ should be put somewhere else.

        • Mike1040

          Who cares?? In case you hadn’t noticed, Mr. No Hustle Ramirez is hot and then he sucks, boots the ball around, dogs it and doesn’t hustle, has long slumps, and is generally a slow bad baserunner. Sure, give me Flaharty or a FA with good attitude, lots of hustle and fire.

      • ghostofelvis

        Fielder wants to play with a winner-can you say hello Angels? If he does go to Anahiem, there is an interesting situation there. What about Kendry Morales?

      • Yltjjm

        There is a club option for Ramirez in 2012, but I think the cubs can buy that out for 2 million. Should be interesting situation…

      • cubtex

        Colvin cannot sit? Colvin is not a starting outfielder on a good mlb team! The Cubs are not good but if they are to compete….he should not be in the mix.

        • Anonymous47701

          Here’s one idea: Have Colvin work with Rudy Jaramillo on plate patience, learning how to hit the ball up the middle of the field instead of pulling the ball everytime and working pitch counts and drawing walks. Why else do we have Rudy as our Hitting Coach?

  • http://twitter.com/rlincolnharris Rob

    Embrace the TripleDouble. It’s the only way to stay sane through all this. http://wp.me/p1CLUt-3d

  • Ryan7

    I JUST WANT TO SAY THIS ABOUT ARAM. I KNOW HE IS NOT IN THE CUBS LONG TERM FUTER AND ALL BUT WHAT 3B IS OUT THERE RIGHT NOW THAT IS BETTER THAN ARAM. SOME PEOPLE SAY LETS GET WIGHT FROM NYM WELL LETS BRAKE THAT DOWN REAL QUICK

    WRIGHT IS COMMING OFF BACK SURGARY AND IS OWED MORE MONEY THAT ARAM IS AS OF RIGHT NOW.

    DOES ANYONE REMEBER THE WHITE SOX 3B FROM A FEW YEARS BACK THAT BROKE CAMP KILLING THE BALL AND DIVING ALL OVER THE PLACE WITH GOLD GLOVE STUFF AND MAYBE A BATTING TITLE. IF U GUESSED JOE CREEDY YOUR RIGHT, HE HAD BACK SURGARY AND LOOK AT WHERE HE IS RIGHT NOW(((( NOWHERE IN SIGHT)))). WHY WOULD WE WANT WRIGHT TO COME OVER JUST TO END UP CALLING IT QUITS OR ENDING UP ON THE DL THE REST OF HIS LARGE CONTRACT.

    ARAM NEEDS TO STAY AT LEAST A YEAR OR TWO MORE UNTIL MORE 3B HIT THE FA, OR UNTILL SOMEONE IN OUR FARM STARTS SHOWING SOMETHING AND CAN PLAY 3B.

    WE NEED ARAM UNLESS WE CAN TARDE FOR A 3B WHITCH I DONT SEE HAPPING ANYTIME SOON NOT WITH JH RUNNIG THINGS AT THIS TIME IN THE CUBS OFFICE

    • Ripsnorter1

      I agree: we must have a bat at 3rd base.

      Aram has an weak shoulder that has put him on the DL at least twice. To protect that shoulder, Aram stands just one step away from the 3rd base bag. That means his range has declined a great deal. That lack of range shows up in your pitching staff’s ERA–and we do have the worst in MLB. He is the worst fielding 3rd baseman in MLB–not my statement, but the facts substantiated by statistics. 

      Aram says he was born in 1978 (ya never know about Central American players since they often don’t have a birth certificate). If so, he’s 34 next year, a time when many players are in decline. 

      Aram has come to camp two years in a row out of shape. It has taken him 10 weeks–let me explain–TEN WEEKS OF THE SEASON–to get in shape two years running now. He was an automatic out while he was out of shape. I know that during the offseason he is quite busy managing his game cocks and attending chicken fights. But for $16.5 million dollars he is paid to play MLB I was rather hoping he’d come to camp in shape. But alas, Aram has an attitude akin to  Carlos Zambrano. 

      Will Aram want a smaller contract than David Wright? I DOUBT IT.
      Will he likely be injured and on the DL like David Wright might be? CERTAINLY. HE GOES ON THE DL EVERY YEAR.

      Therefore there is also great risk in resigning Aram.

      • BosephHeyden

        And that two years in a row isn’t even including 2005, 2006, and, let’s be realistic,, 2007, when Ramirez’s first half of the season was that same instant out/double play/bloop single that it was the first half of this season.  He hits homer runs when it doesn’t matter anymore…that’s his game and that’s why most people were not really too hurt to see him go back in 2007 before we caved and resigned him.

        He plays only when he feels like, and that is not a guy to build a team around.

        • ghostofelvis

          I agree-look at his playoff #s in 07/08. He went hitless in both series with high strikeout totals and a couple of rally-killing DPs. In 2006, where was he before June? last Year? This Year? The team in 10 games behind before he starts to hit. He cant handle pressure.

      • ghostofelvis

        DJ LeMaheiu. Hes not a power hiter, I agree, but hes young, has the arm to play there. If the Cubs have to dump there vets, few teams have a 25HR type who come up and contribute immediately anyway. This team is not likely to compete for 2-3 yrs. If DJ becomes anything close to a Bill Madlock, Id take it.

    • roseyc

      We are not going to contend next year so why does it matter if we don’t have the best third baseman let Rameriz go away he’s not dependable and bad chemistry accompanies him.

      • paulcatanese

        I agree with what you are saying, it doesent matter now, it didnt matter then and it won;t matter in the near future, and before as you say, bad chemistry is not just with him, as he’s not selfish, he is speading it around for all.Players cannot watch him and not wonder that he dosent belong with what he brings to the field, it has to rub off.They ask themselves, if he dosent hustle, why should they put the effort out there?

        • Henry

          I agree!  I am upset with the direction the cubs are going!  This is a wasted year!  We should have been building for next year and the year after!  management is delusional!  We played Fukedome most of  the season and what did we get for it?  Absolutley nothing!  He had no value and that is what we gotback nothing.  We should have played him sparingly and given a chance to Colvin for the 1st month.  If he failed then give someone else an opportunity.  I realize we are loaded with bad contracts but we are not doing anything to improve our position for next year!  Why is Carpenter not pitching in the Majors?  Why is he sent down and Rodrigo lopez and Ramon Ortiz are on this team?  jay jackson could easily give up the same 4 runs in 4 innings.  But he might surprise us.  I think he needs an attitude adjustment.  A trip to the majors cold give him a new outlook.  he could not do any worse than what we have now.  If he bombs send him down.  Right now we do not know what we have for next year!  I would bring up Lameihu(spelling)  and let him play 3rd base.  Enough of the laziness.  We are not winning this year or next let’s see what we have!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • paulcatanese

            I’m on the same page with Carpenter, he can get ready here with the Cubs, I really like his arm and attitude, looks like a fighter. LeMahiue, the same, looked pretty good when he was here.. If after the deadline they should play these guys and not let the same thing happen as did last fall with the kids.(I will never understand that).

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Cubs need to play .500 the rest of the way for them to win 70 games in 2011.

    • studio179

      Everyone guessed too many wins this year. The Cubs are trying hard to let Houston catch them. In the end, looks like the Stros secure worst record. Then, it’s a pick from Baltimore, Seattle, Kansas City, San Diego and the beloved for second worst. Depends who can slump longer. I like our chances right now.

      • J Daniel

        Just wait, I suspect it will get uglier.  Don’t think Q is going to work his September magic, but if he does, I can hear it now.  Looking forward to a healthy team next year.  You can see the way we played down the stretch that we are only a couple of moves away.  The way Wellsie pitched down the stretch he can be our #3 next year.  Sori and Rami will be healthy next year.  Demp looked really good . . . and so on.

        JOKE! 

      • ghostofelvis

        I dopubt the Stros will catch them now that they traded Pence.The Stros will probably trade Wandy or Myers by Sunday, further weakening a bad team. But at least they get more than scraps for there players.

        • daverj

          That cause the Stros have better trade pieces than the Cubs in Pence and Wandy.  Myers won’t bring much back tough.

  • paulcatanese

    If there were any doubt that Quade has lost control and respect from the players, all one had to do was whatch the exchange between him and Soto after Soto was picked trying for third base. Soto listened, and then as walking down the dugout away from Quade, you could clearly see Soto muttering to himself, glancing back, end expressing to himself about that conversation, I expected a certain appendege on his hand to jump up and point it towards Quade. Too bad a mike couldnt be pointed that way.

  • Spoda

    Ricketts need to save Q’s career and fire him right now.  I have nothing personal against Q, probably a nice guy with a nice family, but as a manager he is the worst manager I have ever seen.  Ricketts need to fire him now, so he can limit how bad he looks to the rest of baseball.  Q will never work in baseball again after this disaster.  Someone needs to save him from himself.

    Also, if Ricketts doesn’t fire Q and JH before the end of this year, it will have a devastating effect on the diehard fan base.  As a diehard Cubs fan for 41 years, as the rest of you, have seen some bad times; this is the most embarrassed I have ever been to say I am a cubs fan.

    Please make a move Ricketts!

    • paulcatanese

      I agree that Ricketts should fire the both of them now. I also envison Ricketts removing the both of them to a different job description. Quade as a coach and JH somewhere else in the mix, don’t think Ricketts has it in him to say “get lost” to either one. Ricketts has had enough time to deal with this situation after the results early this year, when he had to see that the both of them are a detriment to the forward move of the team, and he has done nothing. Both have contracts and again if Ricketts is paying money to get rid of a multitude of incompetent players, him piling on additional expense to remove those two may be too much to ask as he will end up paying almost as much again as it cost him to purchase the team. This would be on top of repairs to Wrigley and other facillitys that he is sponsoring.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    According to Bruce Levine, Kerry Wood rejected a trade to the Phillies. The Cubs have also received a call (or calls) on Geovany Soto.

    • daverj

      While I have no inside information, from what I’ve been reading, it sounds like lots of teams are calling on decent (not star) players like Soto and Byrd and offering very marginal prospects in return.  My guess is the Cubs would deal Soto if a quality prospect was offered, but when next to nothing is offered, it makes sense to keep them.  Byrd, on the other hand, they may deal solely for salary relief. 

  • paulcatanese

    Colvin should not be in right field, center field, or left field, he is a terrible outfielder, coupled with Soriono in left, the wear and tear on Byrd trying to cover the both of them will take its toll. Neither Colvin or Soriono know the correct line to the ball period. If Colvin is to stick it would be at first base where the damage would be minimal. Then only if he can hit. Between him and Pena though, both in the lineup at the same time for a whole year, strikeouts could reach in the 400’s.