Cardinals Spike the Cubs – Cubs 5 Cardinals 13

Game One Hundred Seven – Cubs 5 Cardinals 13
WP – Kyle Lohse (9-7) LP – Rodrigo Lopez (2-3) Save – None

The Cubs lost for the fifth time in as many games and dropped to a season-worst 23 games under .500 after another pathetic performance. The Cubs jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning after a two-run double by Geovany Soto and a three-run homer by Alfonso Soriano. Rodrigo Lopez gave two of those runs right back in the bottom of the first but settled down and the Cubs took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the fifth.

After a preposterous bottom of the fifth in which the Cardinals scored eight runs on three hits, an error and five walks, the Cubs found themselves trailing 10-5 and could never recover … in fact the Cubs managed only one hit and two baserunners after the first inning.

The game changed on late takeout slide by Matt Holliday in the bizarre fifth inning. After Rodrigo Lopez walked Holliday with the bases loaded to force in St. Louis’ third run, Jeff Samardzija took over and appeared to get out of the inning. David Freese hit a grounder to Darwin Barney who threw to Starlin Castro to start the inning ending double play. But Matt Holliday slid late, spiked Castro and the Cardinals tied the game as Castro lay on the field.

Mike Quade argued with second base umpire, Derryl Cousins and was eventually ejected for the fourth time this season. The Cardinals scored five more runs in the fifth and by the time James Russell recorded the third, the Cardinals had a commanding 10-5 lead.

David Freese hit a two-run homer off James Russell in the sixth and Ryan Theriot (4-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored) doubled in the Cardinals’ 13th run in the seventh.

The Cubs appeared to lose all interest after the fifth and mailed in the remainder of the game.

The Cubs scored all five of their runs in the first inning with two outs. The Cubs actually showed a lot of patience against Kyle Lohse and took advantage of an error by Daniel Descalso. The Cubs five runs in the first nearly matched the six runs scored over the first four games of the trip. Kyle Lohse settled down after the opening inning and did enough to qualify for his first win against the Cubs in a Cardinals’ uniform … and just his second career win against the team that drafted him.

Q’s offense plated five runs in one inning on Saturday … in the other 44 innings of the trip, a total of six runs. The Cubs have been outscored 31-11 in the last five games.

With Saturday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to a season-low 23 games under .500, equaling the low-mark from last season and the most games under .500 since the 2006 season. The Cubs will enter play on the final day of July with a 42-65 record …

The Cubs showed a lot of patience against Kyle Lohse in the first inning … and it paid off. Starlin Castro reached on an error by Daniel Descalso to start the game. Castro hit a chopper back up the middle that Descalso could not field cleanly. Darwin Barney then tried to bunt for a hit and ended up with a sacrifice that advanced Castro to second … Lohse made a good play on the ball and tagged Barney out as he ran out of the baseline.

Aramis Ramirez (on four pitches) and Carlos Pena worked back-to-back walks to load the bases with one out.

Marlon Byrd swung at the first pitch and popped out to second base.

Geovany Soto launched a 0-1 pitch into the gap in right. The ball hit off the top of the wall and missed by a foot of leaving the park. Soto settled for a two-out, two-run double.

Alfonso Soriano hit a towering fly on a 1-1 pitch that just made it into the stands in left. Soriano’s 16th homer of the season gave the Cubs a 5-0 lead. Tyler Colvin struck out swinging but the Cubs took a five-run lead with all of the runs scoring with two outs.

But the Cubs 5-0 lead was short lived …

Ryan Theriot led off the bottom of the first with a single to right. Theriot was thrown out at second on a botched hit and run … and Jon Jay lined out to left.

Albert Pujols lined a 0-1 pitch into the stands in left for the Cardinals first run. Pujols’ second at bat of the year against Rodrigo Lopez … and his second home run.

Matt Holliday doubled to left center and Lopez walked Freese on a 3-2 pitch. Skip Schumaker singled to center on a 3-2 pitch. Holliday scored … 5-2 Cubs. Yadier Molina flied out to center to end the inning.

After the first inning on Saturday, the Cubs have been outscored 87-63 in the first inning this season.

The writing was on the wall that the Cubs would not be leading this game after nine innings.

The Cubs started swinging at everything thrown near the plate in the second inning. Kyle Lohse retired the Cubs in order in the second.

Rodrigo Lopez sat down the Cardinals in order in the bottom of the second and worked around an infield single to the hole at short by Pujols in the third without allowing a run.

The Cubs did nothing against Lohse in the fourth … at that point the Cardinals starter had retired 10 in a row.

Rodrigo Lopez made it through the fourth and faced the minimum after issuing a leadoff single to Schumaker. Lopez threw 60 pitches in four innings, 39 for strikes.

Darwin Barney reached on an error with two outs in the top of the fifth by David Freese … but that was the Cubs last baserunner of the day until the hustle double with one out in the ninth off the bat of Marlon Byrd.

The Cubs began the fifth inning with a 5-2 lead and before they could record three outs they found themselves down 10-5. The bottom of the fifth began with Kyle Lohse grounding out to third base … then it got extremely ugly.

Ryan Theriot reached on a one-out single to left. Jon Jay doubled over Colvin’s head in right. Theriot was held at third with Pujols due to the plate. Quade picked the wrong time to intentionally walk Albert Pujols.

With the bases loaded and one out, Lopez lost the strike zone and walked Matt Holliday to force in Theriot with the Cardinals third run. Mike Quade went to his pen at that point and brought in Jeff Samardzija to face David Freese.

Freese hit a grounder on a 1-1 pitch to Barney at second. Barney threw to Castro to force Holliday but Castro could not throw to Pena to complete the double play.

Matt Holliday slid late and took out Castro at second. It should have been called interference and the inning should have been over. But instead Jay and Pujols scored and tied the game at five as Castro lay on the ground after being spiked by Holliday.

Mike Quade argued (a little late) to no avail and was ejected. The Cubs fell apart after the play and the game was basically over at that point.

Samardzija walked Schumaker to put runners on first and second with two outs. Yadier Molina singled to center. Freese scored the go ahead run. Samardzija intentionally walked Daniel Descalso to load the bases.

Tony LaRussa let Kyle Lohse walk to the plate before calling him back for pinch-hitter Tony Cruz. Samardzija could not find the strike zone and walked Cruz to force in Schumaker with the Cardinals’ seventh run. The free pass to Cruz was the fifth walk of the inning.

Ryan Theriot then ripped a 0-2 pitch into left. Alfonso Soriano did not know what to do with the ball. Soriano looked at third, then to second, double clutched then threw low Castro behind the third base bag. The ball got away from Castro … three more runs scored on another hit by Theriot and just like that it was 10-5 Cardinals. Theriot ended up at third and Pat Listach made his way to the mound.

James Russell replaced Samardzija and struck out Jon Jay to end the debacle.

From a 5-2 lead to a 10-5 hole in the matter of 12 batters.

The Cardinals tacked on in the sixth against James Russell. Matt Holliday walked (instead of wearing one from Russell) and scored when David Freese launched his second homer of the series into the stands in right center. Russell had tossed 14 1/3 scoreless innings prior to Freese’s homer … Russell had not allowed a run since June 24 in Kansas City.

Ryan Theriot added to the Cardinals lead in the seventh. Theriot came into the weekend series in a miserable 2-for-42 slump. Theriot recorded two hits on Friday and four more on Saturday. Theriot’s fourth, a double to left center off John Grabow, plated Tyler Greene (who reached on an error by Aramis Ramirez) with the Cardinals’ 13th and final run of the game.

Sean Marshall retired the Cardinals in order in the eighth and Marlon Byrd picked up the Cubs’ third hit of the game in the ninth.

Saturday was beyond pitiful. The Cubs showed a national audience just how bad the team is that Jim Hendry assembled … and one he is not willing to change and get rid of what movable pieces that could be dealt.

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Ryan Dempster against Jake Westbrook in the finale on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

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  • gocubs

    Im hoping Rickets will be forced to make a move with upper management the more they lose, so Im kind of rooting for more of these embarrassing ones. 

    With Rickets’ emphasis on development and building the farm system, Im surprised he hasn’t ordered Hendry to trade off some valuable pieces for prospects.  Although, keeping Byrd is maybe not a bad idea considering how weak next year’s FA class of OF is.  If the Cubs are planning on bringing up Jackson and playing Colvin, maybe keeping Byrd is smart especially if Szczur is not ready.  How might Flahery fit into next years plans?    

    Trading Pena makes the most sense though…why not get something for him when you can?  If the Cubs cant sign Fielder, then they can always sign Pena again next year.  I dont see the point in keeping him around when you can get prospects now.    

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Buster Olney: Cubs
    informing other teams that they will not trade Carlos Pena before the deadline.

    • gocubs

      I dont get this at all.  Why on earth would you hold on to this guy when you  could just sign him no matter what next year if you really wanted to.  Why not get prospects?  Can anyone explain this?  Totally bizarre.    

      • Ripsnorter1

        Explanation: there is a madman running the Cubs. His name is Jim Qlueless.

        • diehardcubfan

          Rip said it all.

    • JW

      It seems like the Cubs really want to bring him back next year, since he is essentially useless against LH pitching. 

      • Ripsnorter1

        He’s coming back. AND-get this folks–AND AT MORE THAN $10 MILLION PER YEAR!!!!!

        WAY TO GO, JIM QLUELESS!!!

      • studio179

        I suspected this all along. The Cubs will end up resigning Pena.

      • paulcatanese

        Of course they want him back, gives Quade and JH the opportunity to play the “untouchable” over there against leftys.

    • diehardcubfan

      Neil, any way to add a thumbs down button? Granted would need to be under strict regulatory usage mainly to chastise a irrational Cubs management move and would be strictly off limits to contributors on the site.

      Besides as many irrational things that Cubs management does we would not want to crash the site due to the number of thumbs down.

    • Bredstik

      Meanwhile, the A’s are about to get 1B Lars Anderson from the Red Sox for a 2 month rental of Rich Harden.  It’ll be interesting to see what Baltimore gets from the Pirates for a 2 month rental of Derek Lee.

      I really don’t see why the Cubs would not be interested in making some moves in this market.

  • bpot92

    would resigning pena, trying to sigh ellsbury and trying to sign Cj Wilson a smarter move than trying to sign Pujols or fielder? Leadoff hitter that is young and a starter that can anchor our staff plus a stop gag 1st baseman til our youngers 1st base prospects are ready. And since they are younger than pujols they could also build toward the future

    • diehardcubfan

      Yes, from a lot of points of view that would be practical but Jacoby Ellsbury is under BOSOX control til at least 2013 so he is not hitting the free agent market anytime soon.  Also, the Rangers are not going to simply let CJ Wilson walk away especially after what happen with Cliff Lee last year and especially since they just traded Tommy Hunter.

      We will not get Ellsbury and as much as I love to have CJ Wilson doubt it will happen.

      • bpot92

        For some reason I thought Ellsbury was a free agent after this season, but I am wrong. And Cj Wilson is actually 21 years old so he will be looking for his last major payday and would not be as helpfull when the cubs are contenders as I thought.

        • diehardcubfan

          No sweat, glad you are contributing.  Keep it up.

  • cubsklm

    Is anyone surprised? Most of us that know baseball realized the mistakes years ago.
    1. Fie Hendry, long long overdue.
    2. Fire Quade, way over his head.
    3. Cubs should’ve had a new GM at the end of last season.
    4. Ryno should’ve been the manager.

    Can some one who is not institutionalized tell me why Hendry gave Koyie Hill and Jeff Baker a raise?

    Eithe clean house or sell the team! Pena, Byrd, Baker, Johnson all should be gone by 3pm tomorrow.
    DFA Koyie Hill
    Fire Quade appoint Listach as interim manager for the rest of the year.
    Hire Ryno this offseason.

    • diehardcubfan

      See, we can live in fantasy land just like JH and Quade.  We can only dream or I mean have nightmares of the current reality that is the Cubs. 

  • Brentcarmona

    i feel bad. its like i want the cubs to lose every game now. or at least embarass themselves so hendry can snap out of it.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Hendry cannot be embarrassed.

      Hendry cannot be “snapped out of his coma.”You are seeking to accomplish Mission: Impossible. It won’t happen.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brett Jackson led off the top of the 6th of Saturday night’s game with a home run … his second home run in as many games, and his third with the I-Cubs

    • diehardcubfan

      Promote him now to sit on the bench!!

  • paulcatanese

    The only thing that makes sense with JH not trading and holding on to his “name players” would be that he and Ricketts are going to fold the franchise up in Chicago and move the whole team including the hot dog vendors to Japan to play. Management figures they could at least play.400 ball over there.

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

    One thing that I took out of the game today that is pretty much true for the whole season is that this team has no inner fire. No will what so ever. The fact that Holliday did not have to get carried off the field his next plate appearance is very telling. Instead of getting mad and standing up for there team mates the Cubs just folded and called it a day when things did not go their way.

    • paulcatanese

      Richard, I looked up the replay and you were right, totaly uncalled for.And I think Quade should have asked for help on the play. I agree Holliday should have been reminded of that. If I were Castro I would file that and the next time Holliday is on first and Castro has the same opportunity arises I would make sure my throw to first did not make it there. The Cubs did tank it after that and I think we will see more of the same type of play.

      • paulcatanese

        Quade said to the Trib. that the slide was clean but not legal and thats why Russell did not have the go ahead to dump Holliday. But I wonder it it was Aram that got spiked if the same would hold true?

        • paulcatanese

          There should be a period after( not legal.) above, the Trib. inferd that about being Quades decision to throw at a hitter.

          • jey518

            Can they throw one at Quade?

          • paulcatanese

            only if hitting the target is guranteed

    • studio179

      Yep. No fire with this team. No sense of pride.

    • Brp921

      I had to leave after the first iining and didn’t see the play, just read about it here. I couldn’t believe there was no retaliation. Castro is our future. To not retaliate is opening the door to letting other teams push us around any way they please. It’s one thing to be a poor team it’s another thing altogether, to come off as gutless. Quade should have been willing to risk a suspension even if the Cubs were in contention.

  • diehardcubfan

    I am glad to see this core of “untouchable” players or players critical to next years run to the World Series continue to set now low standards.

    Maybe we can equal Seatle’s 18 game losing streak and then maybe Ricketts will actually get the message but I doubt it.

    The Cubs management continues to be to stuck on themselves and ignore the obvious and what everybody else in baseball can see and that is this team stinks. 

  • diehardcubfan

    If the Cubs keep on this current blistering pace the Astros should be able to catch us by the middle of August.

    • paulcatanese

      Without a doubt!

    • studio179

      I posted yesterday that the Cubs are trying real hard to let Houston catch them. This lackluster play from this team makes me think it really is possible. Houston is just so bad that the Cubs would have to really do extra special things to let the Stros catch them. The Cubs are doing just that and then some. This should be telling for Cub ownership.

      • Brp921

        From the idea I get from this recap the Cubs have clearly given up. A few of them will try to pad their stats, but caring about wins and losses is behind them for this year.

  • bpot92

    31*

  • bpot92

    im sorry 31 yers old

  • jw

    Hold on everyone…we are going to make a run at this thing LOL, HLOL…ROTFHLOL!!!

    This team is awful and now has mailed it in…. the big news of the day is Pena is untouchable…huh? Repeat…Huh? If you can get something get of value why wouldn’t you at least be open to it…maybe thay can’t get squat for him like the rest of Hendry’s “untouchables”….meaning unmarketables.You can’t be thinking about worst to first run in 2012 can you? How much worse can it get…someone can play first in 2012…there must be a Randall Simon out there somewhere…. I am thinking a Derrick Lee redux until you can train someone… still have my shirt so that’s a plus…but you really can’t develop people can you so that doesn’t work. Nevermind.

     Why is Quade still around…I thought the guy had something but he never had the vets and it is apparent now he is not a major league manager…Kudos to the posters here that saw that… I admit I did not… Do a mercy firing please…he is a nice a guy. I’d like to see Len Kasper get a shot…he could do live interviews from the dugout and have a few yucks i.e., reality baseball…see what Carlos is  saying all the time live and ask his teammates why he is so crazy and watch them get punched… something like that might be entertaining which would be a pleasant change from what’s going on in the field.

    Anyway, do.something Tom if you are alive out there! Are you capable of any decision…Pick up a phone if you have a pulse and call for the calvary… Tom…at least introduce a new sandwich…have a  affair with an usher…yell at your pet turtle… anything!!! Are you alive out there… Tom…Hello!

     The Cards are unhappy the White Sox are unhappy…they can’t even make themselves look good anymore by beating the Cubs because they are irrelevant. ..

    I am  wearing my Cubs hat all the time now because the shade of the cap is the best thing they have done over the last three years, it matches my shorts and because it is generally hip to be associated with perfection of any sort

    • paulcatanese

      Very good, enjoyed the post.

      • jw

        Thanks I think we have a mindmeld going on about the current state of affairs at Clark and Addison

    • jey518

      Great stuff, I especially enjoy the thought of Kasper as manager, that would be classic!

  • studio179

    Rami told reporters this poor play is not Quade’s fault. Makes me sleep better. I thought the players were performing bad AND the manager was managing bad.

    Still in it, Quade? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1512275173 Matt Collins

      derrick lee to the pirates?no that wont come back to bite us lmao

  • GaryLeeT

    Teams are changing the acronym PEDs to CUBs. Hard to believe the Cards had just lost 2 in a row to the Astros, before the Cubs came to town. But hey, they are that shot in the ass every opposing team craves.

  • Brp921

    Just across the wire. The Cardinals said they realize there is no way for them to sign Pujols next year so they want to get something for him now. They have offered him to the Cubs for Jeff Baker. Hendry however has blocked the trade because Baker is untouchable.

    • studio179

      Apparently, Carlos Pena is untouchable as well.

    • paulcatanese

      Great one, love it.

    • diehardcubfan

      Was that before or after the Cardinals also asked for Reed Johnson to be included in the deal?

  • Darrenmcculloch

    Can someone start a petition to get Jim Hendry, Mike Quade and Mark Riggins fired?  If so, I will be happy to sign up for it. 

    • Joey U

      Sign me up!!

    • J Daniel

      So the towel drill isn’t so bad after all???  If is so funny how most were so pissed at Rothschild and Lou.  It is all comical at this point!!!!  It would cost a fortune watch this good of comedy on a daily basis.

  • gocubs

    The D-Lee trade will net 1B Aaron Baker, 23.  He has a .285/.353/.474 line with 15 homers in Class A Bradenton this year. Not bad.  If Lee brings the Os this guy, wouldnt you think Pena could have gotten something even better for the Cubs?  Hendry is freeking out of his mind.  

  • Baron_S

    I see that Hendry’s mentor,

    Andy McFail is doing just about as well…42-62, after a 96 loss season last year.

  • gocubs

    Looks like we are standing pat at the deadline with our untouchables.  

    • Aaron

      what’s funny, is that Ricketts is sitting idly by, while watching Hendry continue to dig a GIANT hole for him, and the Cubs……

      But Hendry is about as untouchable as it gets with the Cubs, so I guess it makes sense that a loser like him would say other losers like Baker, Hill, Pena, etc. are untouchable as well.

      Why is he hanging onto guys like Castro and Barney?!?! They aren’t mediocre, so they don’t fit in at all.

      • gocubs

        Aaron, actually Castro and Barney ARE mediocre!  

        Well, thats a slight exaggeration as far as Castro, but Barney would not be a starter on most ML teams.  As of now, Castro is a liability on defense and I believe a real GM would not rule out a trade of EVEN Castro if it truly helped the team.  Hendry is so blinded by his “loyalty” to his guys and faulty, out-dated scouting that he has severely compromised the possibility of success for this franchise.      

    • paulcatanese

      Unfortunatly, I thought so all along, and definately not proud of it. Still dont understand it at all, just makes no sense.

  • Aaron

    I don’t even care about this franchise anymore. I thought I could….but Hendry is making me so mad I would probably get thrown in jail if I ever saw him on the street….I would knock him out, and all of you on this site know that is NOT an understatement….

    • paulcatanese

      Aaron,I feel youre pain.

    • diehardcubfan

      I think it would be better to kidnap him, lock him up in a secluded location and force him to watch rewinds of every embarrassing Cubs loss for at least a year. 

    • Tno13

      No not all of us on the site.  This is the 4th time in the past few weeks you were going to punch Q or Hendry and to date, there has been no reported assaults. If you want to see them on the street, try the North side near Clark & Addison.Until then you remain one-hand-clapping.

  • Zach

    I am so pissed right now because the Cubs could have traded Pena to the Pirates, Byrd to the Braves and maybe Baker to the Red Sox,but no apparently the players that have some value, could net some decent prospects and could be replaced by younger more motivated players are untouchable.  This shows how poorly the organization is run and how much Jim Hendry has no idea what this team needs to do.

    • Aaron

      NOTHING makes sense, and the only thing I can say right now is that Cubs Nation better wake up, and I honestly hope some fans start picketing outside the damn stadium asking for change. It’s absolutely ridiculous.

      And I hope these idiot tourists that come in town during the summer stay away from Wrigley too. This needs to end, and end NOW….The time for playing nice is over, and I hope the Ricketts family understands this. 

      • JW

        Now that the Harden to the Red Sox deal is off the table, anyone think Randy Wells to Boston for Lars Anderson would be a possibility. Aside from the fact that Wells was injured to start the season, its not looking to promising for him being anything more than a #5 starter. I realize Lars isn’t the power hitter scouts were hoping for, but he is more than we got prospect-wise at 1st base.

        • Aaron

          The Red Sox, you know….being an actual WINNING franchise, would NOT be interested in a pitcher that had one lucky season his rookie year, then proceeded to “get too big for his britches”, had a bad year, then followed that one up with an even worse year, at 2-4, 6.16 ERA, 1.679 WHIP

          He is NOT very good at all, and I even said after 2009 that the Cubs would be extremely wise to shop him, especially considering his minor league numbers, which were not that great.

          Unfortunately, Wells is the only “tradeable” pitcher in the rotation, as Zambrano and Dempster both are underperforming this year, have no-trade clauses, and BIG $$ due next year. Garza also isn’t going anywhere based on the prospects the Cubs had to give up just to get him…..so that leaves Wells as the only “tradeable” one…well, outside of the guy we picked up off the street in Lopez….problem is….nobody would want either of them. The only reason Wells would be “tradeable” is because his salary is low, and wouldn’t require much in return, but guys that have 6+ERA’s can EASILY be found on the street without giving up anything in return.

  • cubsklm

    Moves I would make before the deadline:

    Trade Pena to the Twins for Denard Span. Eat as much of Pena’s contract as possible to get him. Maybe throw in a low level prospect. Span would give the Cubs a true leadoff hitter and young CF. He makes $1M a year. 
     
    Sign Jo Jo Reyes immediately!

    Fire Quade – Make Listach the interim Manager

    Moves I would make at the end of season

    Hire: Sandberg as Manager

    Dump:  K. Hill, Dewitt, Soriano, Grabow, Lopez, Ortiz
     
    Trade Zambrano, Marmol, Byrd

    Free Agent signing:  1B – Fielder

    Wellington becomes the backup catcher.
    Carpenter becomes the closer.

    Bullpen is in pretty good shape.

    Rotation:

    Cashner
    Garza
    Dempster

    Wells is my #5 Starter

    Focus on acquiring Starting Pitching & a LF or RF.
    Which ever one – Colvin plays the other
    Johnson stays as my 4th OF

    This won’t win the pennant, but it’s a good star on 2012.
    The Free Agent market is weak in 2012. I would see how this team does,
    then continue to build after 2012 season.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Byrd is an okay piece on a team full of run producers. He’d do very well in Philly or Texas. But if anyone expects him to be “the man,” well, just FORGETABOUTIT.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Carpenter the closer?

      I don’t think he’s ready to hold a lead, just yet.

  • J Daniel

    Maybe Hendry should take note of the Jimenez trade, wow.  Rockies are so much better and yet they trade a guy that reminds me so much of Z (loss of velocity, control, age) and received back TOP prospects.

    The Cubs are SO BAD I don’t understand why you would keep many, if any, of these guys.  A whole new culture needs to be created and it can’t without unloading most.

    Unfortunately Ricketts can’t fire himself to.  I would love to hear what his plan is.