Wild Woody and the Cubs Pen – Cubs 4 Nationals 5

Game Eighty-Six – Cubs 4 Nationals 5 – 10 innings
WP – Henry Rodriguez (3-1) LP – Marcos Mateo (1-2) Save – None

Q’s squad keeps finding ways to lose ballgames … and the Cubs did it again on the 4th of July. Jayson Werth scored the winning run in the 10th inning on a wild pitch from Carlos Marmol.

The Nationals tried to give the Cubs the game on Monday afternoon … but the Cubs pen could not hold what Washington had given them through the first six innings.

Casey Coleman put together a very good outing considering the situation and falling into a 2-0 hole in the first inning. Coleman settled down and allowed only one more run in 5 1/3 innings. Coleman was in line for the victory after surrendering three runs, two earned, on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts on 79 pitches, 52 for strikes.

The Cubs took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth. After a one-out triple by Laynce Nix that ended Coleman’s day, Mike Quade went to his pen for Jeff Samardzija. Jayson Werth grounded out to first to plate Nix with the Nats’ third run. The Cubs got out of the sixth without allowing another run but Kerry Wood could not find the strike zone in the seventh and allowed the Nationals to tie the game without putting a ball in play.

Sean Marshall gave up an infield single to Ian Desmond and after a sac bunt and a strikeout, Quade brought in Kerry Wood to face pinch-hitter Ryan Zimmerman. Wood then walked Zimmerman, hit Danny Espinosa to load the bases and walked Laynce Nix to force in the tying run.

Kerry Wood faced seven batters in his inning of work … three walks, hit a batter and struck out three.

The game remained tied at four into the bottom of the 10th. Marcos Mateo started the inning and walked Jayson Werth to start the inning. Livan Hernandez pinch-hit for Henry Rodriguez and sacrificed Werth to second. Mateo appeared to hurt his elbow and left the game.

Carlos Marmol replaced Mateo and forgot about Werth at second. Werth stole third on Marmol’s first pitch to Ivan Rodriguez and scored the winning run on a wild pitch.

The Nationals last two runs scored without a hit … a bases loaded walk and a wild pitch.

Q’s offense once again out hit the other team in a losing effort. The Cubs pounded out 10 hits but not one from the top three spots in the lineup (0-for-15). Aramis Ramirez (2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored), Carlos Pena (3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored), Marlon Byrd (2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a RBI) and Geovany Soto (2-for-4 with a RBI) led the offense. Alfonso Soriano was the benefactor of a gift single in the fourth that drove in two.

The Cubs lost for the third time in eight extra inning games (5-3, 1-3 on the road) and the Nationals improved to 9-5 in extra innings this season.

With Monday’s loss, the Cubs slipped back to 16 under .500 on the season with a 35-51 record …

After the Cubs went in order to start the game, the Nationals took advantage of a Carlos Pena error and poor pitching by Casey Coleman in the bottom of the first.

Roger Bernadina reached on an error by Carlos Pena to start the inning. Pena misplayed the short-hop and the ball rolled under his glove. Coleman jammed Alex Cora on a 2-2 pitch and retired the veteran infielder on a pop out to short.

Danny Espinosa ripped a 0-2 pitch into left center. Bernadina ended up at third and scored on a single to right by Laynce Nix. Espinosa held at third and scored on a broken bat single to right by Jayson Werth. At this point everything Coleman was throwing was up in the strike zone.

After a visit from Mark Riggins, Casey struck out Matt Stairs swinging on a 2-2 pitch. With runners on first and second, Ivan Rodriguez looked at strike three to end the inning.

The Cubs chipped into the Nationals 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Carlos Pena recorded the Cubs first hit, a triple to center. Pena’s first triple since the 2009 season was really a gift. Roger Bernadina ranged back to the centerfield wall but mistimed an unnecessary leap. The ball went off his glove and Pena ended up at third.

Marlon Byrd singled to center on a 1-2 pitch, Pena scored … 2-1 Nationals.

Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto struck out swinging. Jordan Zimmermann actually struck out the side in the second … and five of the first eight Cubs he faced Monday afternoon.

Casey Coleman settled down and retired the bottom of the Nationals order in the second … and the Cubs went down in order in the top of the third.

Casey Coleman continued throwing strikes and kept the ball down in the bottom of the third. Casey retired the Nationals in order on just 10 pitches.

The Cubs took the lead in the top of the fourth on with a lot of help from the Nationals outfield.

Aramis Ramirez reached on a one-out single to the hole at short. Carlos Pena hit a soft liner into right center. Ramirez ended up at third and held when Marlon Byrd hit a little humpback liner to Espinosa. The Nationals second baseman dropped the ball but forced Pena at second base.

With runners on first and third with two outs, Alfonso Soriano swung at and popped Zimmermann’s first pitch into right center. Bernadina and Werth did not communicate and let the routine fly ball fall untouched.

Ramirez and Byrd scored … 3-2 Cubs.

Soriano ended up at second but was stranded when Soto flied out to left center to end the inning.

Casey Coleman walked Jayson Werth to start the bottom of the fourth … but Werth was erased on a strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out. Matt Stairs swung at and missed a 3-2 offering and Soto threw a strike to Castro to cut down Werth. Ivan Rodriguez grounded out to first to end the inning.

The Cubs went down in order in the fifth.

After Casey Coleman was able to work around a one-out single by Jordan Zimmermann in the bottom of the fifth (fourth hit allowed by Coleman), the Cubs tacked on a run in the top of the sixth … and it should have been more.

Starlin Castro popped out to right to start the sixth. Aramis Ramirez appeared to foul out to Rodriguez on a 2-2 pitch. Rodriguez could not catch the ball against the netting and gave Ramirez another shot. Aramis ripped Zimmermann’s next pitch into the left field corner for a double.

Carlos Pena followed with a rocket into right center just out of the reach of a leaping Danny Espinoza. Ramirez had to hold at third. Marlon Byrd walked to load the bases with one out. Alfonso Soriano popped a 2-2 pitch into shallow center. The runners held and Soto stepped in with two outs.

Geovany Soto singled to right on a 0-1 pitch. Ramirez scored easily but Werth threw out Pena at the plate to end the inning. Pena beat the throw but left his leg up as he slid across the plate, which allowed Rodriguez to tag him to end the inning.

Laynce Nix has always been a thorn in the Cubs’ side and was once again Monday afternoon. Nix tripled off the wall in right center with one out in the sixth … and chased Casey Coleman from the game.

Jeff Samardzija came in (along with Reed Johnson on a double switch for Soriano in left) and retired Jayson Werth on a ground out to first … but Nix scored and cut the Cubs lead to 4-3. Samardzija walked Stairs but retired Rodriguez on a ground out to first to end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing against Ryan Mattheus in the top of the seventh.

Sean Marshall and Kerry Wood gave the lead away in the bottom of the seventh. After Marshall did not get the call on a 1-2 breaking ball that appeared to be strike three, Ian Desmond reached on an infield single to the hole at short. Rick Ankiel dropped a bunt to the right side of the mound, Desmond advanced to second with one out.

Marshall struck out Roger Bernadina looking for the second out.

Davey Johnson went to his bench and sent up Ryan Zimmerman to hit for Alex Cora. Quade countered and went to his pen for Kerry Wood and another double switch (Campana in left, Johnson moved to right). Desmond advanced to third on a 2-2 pitch in the dirt but it would not matter, Wood walked Zimmerman.

Brian Bixler ran for Zimmerman and stole second on a 1-2 pitch to Danny Espinoza. Wood continued to struggle with his command and hit Espinoza to load the bases.

Kerry Wood could not find the strike zone and walked Laynce Nix on five pitches to force in Desmond with the tying run. Wood temporarily righted the ship and struck out Jayson Werth swinging to end the inning.

The Cubs went quickly and quietly against Tyler Clippard in the top of the eighth.

Jason Marquis hit for Clippard to start the bottom of the eighth. Marquis helped out his old teammate by swinging at several balls out of the strike zone before looking at strike three. Wood then walked Ivan Rodriguez before striking out Desmond swinging.

Quade went to his pen and brought in James Russell to face Rick Ankiel.

Ankiel reached on an infield single to third. Ankiel hit a cue shot off the end of the bat. With runners on first and second with two out, Roger Bernadina grounded out to second on a 1-2 pitch to end the inning.

The Cubs appeared to have a good start to the ninth after Marlon Byrd led off with a single to center … but the un-fundamental Cubs struck again. Byrd’s single ended a string of eight in a row retired by the Nationals bullpen.

Tony Campana failed to get the bunt down and grounded into a 4-6-3 double play on a 3-2 pitch from Drew Storen. Campana has to get the bunt down … but Byrd has to break up the double play. Geovany Soto reached on bloop single to center and Reed Johnson grounded out to short on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

James Russell retired the Nationals in order in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.

The Cubs went down in order against Henry Rodriguez in the top of the 10th (DeWitt fly out, Barney ground out and Castro strikeout).

Marcos Mateo took the hill in the bottom of the 10th and predictably walked Jayson Werth to start the inning. Davey Johnson went to his bench and sent up Livan Hernandez to hit for Henry Rodriguez.

Hernandez dropped down a bunt to the right of the mound. Pena fielded the sacrifice and threw out a jogging Hernandez. Werth advanced to second with one out.

The training staff went out at that point to check on Marcos Mateo. The focus was on his elbow and he was lifted with the winning run in scoring position.

Quade brought in Carlos Marmol to face Ivan Rodriguez.

Marmol forgot all about Werth and he swiped third on Marmol’s first pitch to Rodriguez. Marmol then uncorked a wild pitch on a 2-2 offering to Rodriguez … Werth scored, game over.

It’s A Way of Life …

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Ramon Ortiz will make his 2011 and Cubs debut on Tuesday night. The Nationals are expected to send Ross Detwiler to the hill.

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  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Iowa – Austin Bibens-Dirx (3-4, 7.35)
    Tennessee – Brooks Raley (5-5, 4.16) projected
    Daytona – Brett Wallach ( 2-3, 5.58)
    Peoria – Austin Kirk ( 4-5, 2.28)
    Boise – Austin Reed (0-0, 9.00)

    Nick Struck has not officially been added to Iowa’s roster, but an announcement is expected. 

    • The Maven

      If you’re going to the track (as Harry used to say), bet on any horse named Austin to finish third.

  • BosephHeyden

    You know, maybe it’s because this team is THAT bad and starts telegraphing their losses, but I thought it was hilarious to watch Livan Hernandez just jog next to the ball he bunted and admire it as much as he did, almost like he knew “Yep, I just helped win this game.”

    Losing may be a “Way of Life”, and we may have already conceded this season, but this team is just so awful that, well, if any person responsible for this mess keeps their job next season (Quade, Kenney, Hendry…potentially even DeJesus with his horrendous sends), then I will have to go ahead and find a new team to watch.  I know they’re supposed to win it all in 2015, but that’s a gamble I don’t feel like betting then next 40 years of my life on.

    • paulcatanese

      How do you think I feel? I’m going to be 77 in August, I’ll give them 3 more years and then I’m leaving.

      • JimBo_C

        Paul,
        You are wiser than that. You know that you are stuck with this virus until the end.

        :-)

        • paulcatanese

          It’s just the frustration of the whole thing. Everyone knows what needs to be
          done and to sit and watch the self-destruction of a franchise is mind-blowing.
          I cannot believe that people keep showing up(I know most have season tickets) but to go and spend money for parking, concessions, etc. needs to stop in a big way if change is to take place. That is the only way it will happen.
          I want an explanation why they keep saying injuries have hurt and waiting for people to come off the DL to regain their winning ways. Well they are all back
          except for Cashner, and he was an unknown quantity when he started the
          year,so that should not be an excuse. They continue to play bad baseball
          and will for as long as the trio of Ricketts, JH, and above all Quade are in
          command. Its getting old just repeating that over and over and the truth is
          no one there pays attention as to whats important and could care less.

          • JimBo_C

            Paul,

            Hang in there … you have 23 more years of this stuff to get you to the century mark :-).

            I am hoping that what we are seeing/hearing from management (Ricketts/Hendry) is “corporate speak” from guys who are trying to save face. Pointing to injuries is simply a diversionary tactic. Ricketts has to know that he has a mess on his hands.

            My take is that going into this season Ricketts knew that there wasn’t much he could do with all of the “dead weight” salaries other than taking 20 cents on the dollar for some of these guys. He didn’t want to do that and risk being a 60ish win team so he told Hendry to see what he could do without increasing payroll. They were probably thinking they would be respectable and if they caught lightening in a bottle from someone that they would be good.  …. this short sighted approach clearly did not work out.

            I have hope …
            – The Bears flushed Mike McCaskey
            – The Bulls flushed Jerry Krausse
            – The Cubs will soon power flush this mess

            I invite you to stay and stick it out with me.

            Regards,
            JimBo C

          • paulcatanese

            Thats cool,23 more years,won’t be able to see the TV,ears will be shot can’t hear the game, maybe I’ll just order a TV that has a braille screen and go from there. 23 years, by that time Quade will have put 1,423 pitchers on the DL, Pena will have 9,620 strike outs, and Aram will lose more range. Maybe they will be gone by then, including management. But if Jh is still there,I dont know..

          • JimBo_C

            Paul,
            HILARIOUS!
            Jim

  • KevininSandiego

    Neil,
    To continue on with the Garza trade idea. No I would not be thrilled with the idea of Hendry being in charge of the trade. But for once Hendry would have the upper hand in a trade all of his trade in passed memory have all been must trades. Lilly and DeRosa were both salary dumps. Whether they admit to it or not. Garza is not a must trade and I am sure that the Cubs will have a number of suites for Him.

  • Tom U

    Just a quick note before I go out for the evening:

    Austin Kirk has a no-hitter going through six innings.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Austin Kirk throws a 9 inning no-hitter, 2bb, 10k, 101 pitches. first 9 inning no hitter for the Chiefs since 1988

  • Coachdon

    I like Kerry Wood as a good guy in the clubhouse and all, but he needs to never be near the mound in a tight situation at the end of a game. He pitches afraid. Wood and Samardzija should flip flop roles. Of course, Quade would never do that so you’ll get to see this crap time and again.

  • erniesarmy

    As a Cub fan for more than 47 years this will be the first time I am going to be actively rooting for them to lose. 

    That’s all that’s left if the franchise has any hope for future success. They need an owner that knows what he’s doing, and will do what is necessary to field a legitimate World Series contender. 

    The Ricketts are worse than either the Tribune Co. or the Wrigley’s, and I never thought I would say that.

    He has to go or they have no chance.

  • Guest

    PLEASE FIRE MIKE QUADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous47701

    2012 Front Office Idea

    Chairman- Tom Ricketts
    Team President- Pat Gillick
    VP of Operations- Jim Hendry
    General Manager- Andrew Friedman
    Assistant GM- Greg Maddux

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

      um no Jim Hendry will not be the VP of operations. That role is for a guy that actually has knowledge of a stadium and how to improve profit margins. JH only has knowledge on how to spend other peoples money.

      • Anonymous47701

        If not Jim, Then Who did you have in mind?

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

          Actually I think they will stay in house with that one because that position is what is overseeing the plans for renovations to Wrigley.

  • Aaron

    I just want to start off this post by saying I am NOT trying to be Debbie Downer or anything of the sort, but I can tell you that with certainty all of our fears about the state of the Cubs are coming to pass.

    Could it be a good thing in the long run? Only if fans react as they should, with utter disgust, and stop attending games altogether. At any rate…a person related to me, I have just become aware of, has let me know they have business interactions with Tom Ricketts.

    I can tell you with absolute certainty (as I trust my relative), that Tom Ricketts is an absolute moron….and I mean that he is a complete moron in the baseball sense….NOT business-wise. Tom purchased the team almost to brag to friends and business partners that he owned a professional sports franchise……NOT to actually make that franchise successful…but to merely offer it up as a talking point in conversation.

    I cannot expound upon that point any further than that, as I was told this in confidence. But what I can say is that unless Ricketts gets rid of the friends surrounding him, (meaning, as long as the Cubs are drawing fans and he can basically brag about his investment), absolutely NOTHING will change wiht this franchise. NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In fact, after tonight’s conversation, I have absolutely NO hope whatsover with the Ricketts’ family involved. They are morons in the baseball sense, and don’t have a clue about the industry. All you need to know is that most of them spent a majority of their adult life’s in a city that doesn’t even have a friggin’ major sports team. The ONLY thing of significance in that state is the university’s football team (the Huskers)

    In addition to my relative’s statement, I also happen to be friends with Tom’s nephew in high school. Ever since his family’s acquisition, I’ve been trying to reach him, and have been successful as of late, through my acquaitances. All I can say is that not everyone in their family is on board with Tom’s decision, as they saw a diminishing product.

    Additionally, they want a better return than they’re getting, and Tom isn’t providing it, and is in danger of being replaced on the board altogether. It’s a complete joke, and this will end up blowing up in his face, and I hope I’m at the front lines of all of it, and will continue to investigate for all to see.

    • erniesarmy

      Thanks for that inside info Aaron, continue to keep us informed. As I stated above, I am actually going to start rooting against this team until  Ricketts is forced … FORCED … to sell this franchise to someone who actually knows baseball, and wants to win.

      • erniesarmy

        I want to add to what I stated above –

        I want an owner who cares about all of us long-suffering, faithful Cub fans. Guys like Neil, Aaron, and all the others on this blog, and thousands more across the country, who have waited all their lives for a winning team on the North side. The last pennant was even before I was born!

        That’s ridiculous! It is time MLB, and Bud Selig start to take this situation as seriously as they are the Dodgers. In my opinion this franchise means more to MLB than the Dodgers. If Selig was really concerned about MLB versus the NFL and the NBA, he would find a way to oust Ricketts and get an owner in here that cares. 

        Could you imagine what a Chicago Cub ballclub that won the pennant and went on to win the World Series do for baseball? It’s time to stop with the “lovable loser” nonsense and get serious about bringing this franchise, and it’s long-suffering fans a winner.

    • Tony_Hall

      Aaron – This leads to the point, I made awhile back about JH.  If TR doesn’t know or been around many baseball people, I am sure JH sounds extremely knowledgeable and intelligent about baseball.  He has been around it his whole life.   Since TR doesn’t have any contacts, JH is who he turns to for baseball knowledge.  It will take an outside influence on TR, to ever, see the light.  

      That is why, the more the national media, keeps writing articles and talking on TV, about how bad the Cubs are, the better chance, that TR will realize he needs to do something, and then, he will have to turn to MLB, to help him, which is what he should have done from the beginning, instead of turning to JH.  

      I have no thought that the Ricketts won’t be the owners for sometime.  Maybe it will take Joe Ricketts, telling him, that he needs a real baseball person to make it happen.  Any way you look at, until we have a President, who is a baseball guy, this train is heading in the wrong direction.

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

      Why is it that when you talk about the Ricketts I feel you have a person grudge? Not that I disagree with what you are saying or even doubting your sources just that it comes across like an ax to grind.

      Do you really think that even if TR bought the club to say he owns a professional sports team then he would let it fail? That would do more harm than good in his standing in the business world. One failure no matter in what arena can haunt you for years. Think of Steve Jobs and him being forced out at Apple years ago. It took a long time for people realize the mistake and come running back to him to save their company. He literally had to drag the company back from going under before anyone thought it was a smart move.

      With the way the Cubs deal was put together the only way for TR to come out of reputation in place is to turn the Cubs into another version of the LAA or better. Meaning competitive every year and stringing together playoff berths (the extra revenue from home playoff games are probably needed to make the profits enough to keep board members happy about a higher payroll).

      I can not see JH having as much pull with the boss to be given a carte blache free ride. Business men win with results and profits. Right now Hendry and Kenny are on the block because of those not being what they said they were going to be.

      • Romberg Rabbit

        Just for some clarity…does your right knee-pad have a “T” on it, with the “R” on the left?  Or is it the other way…you reach around for Ricketts?

  • Tony_Hall

    Has there ever been a more true headline?

    Cubs Pitching Staff a Mess – by Paul Sullivan

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-0705-cubs-bits–20110705,0,3627378.story

    This whole team is a mess, from the front office to the playing fields.  The only good part is the success in the minors, which will hopefully lead to a steady flow of quality major leaguers, and some much needed difference makers. 

    There is no way possible, for an owner, to see what he has seen, over the last 2 seasons, and say “good job Jimmy!”  JH needs to go, and go now.  I am not even going to go in the direction, of how much more does Tommy Boy need to see…Tommy Boy, how much more do you expect the FANS to have to see, before a change is made.  Think about this one…many have stopped waiting, and more could follow, and that would be an amazing thing, to be known as the owner, who finally broke the spirits of millions of Cubs fans, and made them stop caring!  

    Fire JH!  Clean out most (or all) of the coaches, and start over.  Release players that have no future with the Cubs, that have players that could use the experience of a partial season at the majors.  You can’t get that experience anywhere else, and this season is a lost season, again.

    Unless of course the goal is to win minor league championships!  Then by all means, leave the players at their respective levels and win some championships in Daytona, and Tennessee.  But you better start throwing parades in Chicago for these “Minor Championships” as we won’t be celebrating for our boys at Clark and Addison again this year.  

    And that IS the Goal…to win a World Series….before nobody cares.

  • paulcatanese

    Tony, very good insight on that article and it fits to a “t”. Its totaly amazing that this is allowed to go on. Quade giving Wood an extra inning to figure it out? Watching him on the mound he looked confused and lost. He should have been out of there. The third base coach is another cover up by Quade, continuous mistakes are costing the Cubs dearly. Those two calls to Soto and Pena were a no-brainer amd Quade supports it. I do agree that it takes a good throw to get an out but not here, they were out as soon as they rounded third.
    Marmol really looks very lost out there and has lost a great deal of sharpness.
    Its to the point that their is very little to count on in a clutch situation.It’s almost too late to rectify the damage, and with all the ranting and opinions that have been out here, no one in management cares, and as long as they are making money, well,I don’t think it’s going to cnange.