Coleman Can’t Cut It – Cubs 2 Reds 7

Game One Hundred Forty-Nine – Cubs 2 Reds 7
WP – Sam LeCure (1-1) LP – Casey Coleman (2-8) Save – None

For the second time in his last six starts Casey Coleman could not complete four innings of work. The Reds rocked Coleman on Wednesday night because Coleman could not throw quality strikes again. After a very good first inning, Coleman started pitching from behind and leaving everything up. Coleman issued three walks and all three scored on extra basehits from Ramon Hernandez and Juan Francisco.

Casey Coleman allowed six runs on six hits, one home run, in 3 2/3 innings. Coleman struck out four and walked three on 80 pitches, 47 for strikes. Counting Wednesday night, the Cubs have lost the last eight games started by Casey Coleman.

The Cubs pen did a good job of keeping the Reds off the board in relief of Coleman but Q’s offense appeared to be going through the motions even after Johnny Cueto left in the fourth with a strained right lat. The Cubs managed only two runs and both of those came in the sixth after the Reds had a commanding 6-0 lead.

Starlin Castro notched his 54th multi-hit game of the season. Castro was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk. Castro is eight hits away from 200 and has reached base in 27 straight games, a career-high.

Aramis Ramirez (2-for-4 with a run scored) and Carlos Pena (1-for-4 with a double and a RBI) continued to produce in the middle of the lineup. Alfonso Soriano (0-for-4 with a RBI) drove in the Cubs other run with a fielder’s choice groundout in the sixth. Soriano tied his highest RBI total as a Cub with no. 79.

Tyler Colvin recorded one of the Cubs seven hits pinch-hitting for John Grabow in the seventh. The Cubs offense was 1-for-4 with RISP and left five on base. The Cubs hit into two double plays and managed only one walk against Reds pitching on Wednesday night.

With Wednesday’s victory, the Reds secured a winning season series against the Cubs. Q’s Cubs are 7-10 versus the Redlegs with one more to play.

The Cubs dropped back to 19 games under .500 with a 65-84 mark on the season …

Starlin Castro led off Wednesday night’s game with a single to right (1-1 pitch). With the 191st hit of the season, Castro ran his consecutive string of reaching base to 27 games. Reed Johnson hit into a 5-4-3 double play ahead of a single to center by Aramis Ramirez. Carlos Pena flied out to center to end the inning.

Casey Coleman threw the ball extremely well in the first inning. He stayed ahead in the count, which is key for Coleman, and threw first pitch strikes to all four batters he faced. Casey struck out Phillips to start the game. Edgar Renteria singled to left but Joey Votto (flyout to center) and Jay Bruce (flyout to center) were retired quickly to end the inning.

Marlon Byrd singled to center with one out in the second … but Darwin Barney struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch and Byrd was caught in a rundown (2-4-3-6) to end the inning. Cueto faced the minimum after the Cubs “hit” into their second double play of the game.

Casey Coleman retired Chris Heisey on a flyout to right center (first inning) to start the bottom of the second. Juan Francisco followed with a double to the wall in left center. Soriano took a bad route to the ball and Francisco ended up at second.

Coleman jumped ahead of the free-swinging Drew Stubbs 0-2 before issuing four straight out of the strike zone … the beginning of the end for Casey Coleman.

Ramon Hernandez launched a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left center … 3-0 Reds. Johnny Cueto grounded out to second to end the inning.

After Soto struck out swinging and Coleman grounded out to first to start the third, Castro walked and Reed Johnson was hit by a pitch. With two on, two out and down by three, Aramis Ramirez popped the first pitch to Joey Votto to end the inning.

At the end of two and a half, 3-0 Reds and that was as close as the Cubs would get to the Reds on Wednesday night.

Edgar Renteria struck out looking to start the home half of the third … then Casey lost all control. Coleman issued back-to-back free passes to Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. Chris Heisey hit a chopper over the mound. Castro’s only play was first base and both Votto and Bruce advanced ninety feet.

Juan Francisco made it 5-0 with a two-out single to right center. All three of the walks issued by Coleman in the first three innings scored.

Francisco stole second ahead of Stubbs grounding out to third to end the inning.

Johnny Cueto retired Carlos Pena on a lineout to Phillips to start the fourth. After throwing a first pitch strike to Soriano, Cueto grabbed the back of his right arm and received a visit from the Reds’ trainer. Cueto threw several warm-up pitches and stayed in the game. Cueto retired Soriano on a pop out to second … then received a visit from Dusty Baker.

Johnny Cueto left the game and was not happy about it. Cueto showed Dusty where his arm/shoulder hurt and that was enough for Baker. Cueto left with a strained right lat.

Sam LeCure took over and retired Byrd on a flyout to right center … 1-2-3 for the Cubs in the fourth.

Ramon Hernandez led off the fourth with a double to left center (2-0 pitch). Coleman continued to struggle and ran the count full to Sam LeCure before striking him out. Phillips grounded out to second, Hernandez ended up at third and scored on a single to center by Edgar Renteria.

With the Reds up 6-0, Mike Quade decided he’d seen enough. John Gaub replaced Coleman and struck out Joey Votto swinging to end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing against Sam LeCure in the fifth.

Quade went back to his pen and sent John Grabow out to start the fifth. Jay Bruce popped out to Castro in short center for the first out. Chris Heisey singled to center but was doubled off first to end the inning when Francisco lined to second … and Barney’s throw beat Heisey back to the bag.

Starlin Castro singled to left (0-2 pitch) to start the sixth, hit no. 192. After Reed Johnson struck out, Aramis Ramirez single to left center (2-0 pitch). Castro ended up at third and trotted home on a double by Carlos Pena. Pena ripped a 2-0 pitch from LeCure off the wall in left. Ramirez held at third with one down.

Alfonso Soriano grounded out to Renteria (2-1 pitch). Ramirez scored … 6-2 Reds. Byrd popped the first pitch into center to end the inning.

The Reds went down in order in the sixth. Grabow retired Stubbs (struck out swinging), Hernandez (tap back to the mound) and Dave Sappelt (ground out to second) rather quickly.

Tyler Colvin hit for Grabow and blooped a two-out single into center in the seventh … but that was it for the Cubs against Logan Ondrusek.

As the rain began to fall, Kerry Wood took the mound in the bottom of the seventh and retired the Reds in order. Woody struck out Phillips, Renteria flied out to right and Votto struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing against Nick Masset in the eighth.

Chris Heisey lined a 0-1 pitch from Ramon Ortiz with one out in the eighth over the wall in left … 7-2 Reds. Juan Francisco and Drew Stubbs grounded out to second to end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing against Jose Arredondo in the ninth … game over.

The Cubs were never in the game and just went through the motions on Wednesday night.

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

Randy Wells against Homer Bailey in the series and season finale against the Reds on Thursday night.

Quote of the Day

"Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time." – Lou Brock

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  • Ripken Boy

    I have seen enough of Casey Coleman. He definitely is not a young Greg Maddux, more like a young Jeff Pico.

    • diehardcubfan

      Unfortunately you are right.

    • cubtex

      Maddux was a 2nd round draft choice and his minor league numbers blow away Colemans. Coleman was a 15th round draft choice who beat the odds and made it to the majors. He got more out of his talent than anyone thought and he should be proud of that……..but as you know, I couldn’t agree more.

      • joey u

        He probably has gotten the benefit of the doubt because of his blood lines which run deep in MLB, his father and grandfather both were major leauge pitchers. So much for blood lines!

      • Tony_Hall

        You are right, he should be very proud of getting to the majors and getting his shot.  1 day in the majors is worth a lot, he has had parts of 2 seasons now.  Coleman was always a long shot to stick, but in a lost season, he was worth starting. Just like the end of last year, when he was given an opportunity, and pitched well, when you consider our other options, we have trotted out there, I would rather he was given the chance.  He is the type of guy who can pitch at AAA and be available for a spot start, if we have no young gun, ready to go.

    • Brp921

      I’m beginning to think so too.

  • Neil

    Smokies lost Game 1 of the Southern League Championship 6-3. Ha & Wright homered in loss. Game 2
    tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. CDT in Mobile

  • roseyc

    I seen Coleman last year and I said that he looks like a journeyman pitcher and why can’t the Cubs couldn’t see this is par for the course. Just because they are young doesn’t make them good. Coleman doesn’t have major league stuff and once around even before then they figure him out. His stufff doesn’t fool too many people

    • cubtex


  • roseyc

    Why do the Cubs continue using Lopez and Coleman they have done auditioned. It time to try someone else they couldn’t do any worse. Why not let the Shark ( I was too lazy to look up his name) give it a try.

  • terrapinstn

    i agree he is no greg maddox by a longshot. not even close to shawn estes’ 0-15 season. if casey started as many he might have had more losses and still just the two wins. also, just noting that this is game 148. we have one more game than we thought that we have to endure

    • John_CC

      First: Anyone who thought that Coleman was the second coming of Greg Maddux was drunk on kool aid last year.

      Second: I always knew the season was 162 games strong. Even the most painful teams have to play ALL of them. I am confused by your last sentence.

    • Neil

      The Cubs played game 149 tonight, they are 65-84 on the season … 13 left to play.

  • paulcatanese

    True to his word, Qua played two rookies tonight, Montanez pinch hit and Gaub faced one hitter. Cant really count Barney in there, he’s been around all year. As for the two that were played,if one blinked their eyes they were gone from the game. What two from the rookie squad will breathe the air that exists between the lines? Keep playing the vets Qua,you know the “ageless wonders”. Got to tell you Qua, if it were me and I were a rookie, I would tell you where to put your’e “players meeting”.

    • Henry

      Montanez is not a rookie. he played last year for Baltimore.  he is certainly not our future.  At best he is a bench player.  I believe he is about 28 year old.  He was our future at one time (you can see where that got us)  but not anymore.

      • paulcatanese

        You are correct Henry, what I should have said was new to the Cub system. The point is he was one of the two “new” players that Qua said he would “try” and work in. If the criteria is you are not part of the future once you are 28 years old, then why even bring him up, trade, release him and let them find someone that is interested. Case in point LaHair, Japanese baseball is interested without the garbage manager he has here. And Japan is beautiful in the spring. What gets me is that the Cubs take flyers on guys (who are in the majors) too old for any long time success and play them and block players that are 27-28 because of age.

        • Henry

          Paul, based on your response I agree with you.  My problem with this whole year is that anyone with a brain knew we were not going to compete!  This year should have been all about finding out what we had for next year. finding another Castro.  Seeing if colvin was the real Deal.  finding out if any of the arms in the minors were worth anything.  Instead our delusional management kept playing the vets whether they produced or not!  They even stated some vets were untouchable.  they basically threw this year away!  Very aggravating!

  • paulcatanese

    By the way Neil, just got home from dinner and didn’t miss a thing with youre report, much, much better than the game would have been. Thanks you saved a lot of frustration for the night.

    • Neil

      Thanks, Paul … wish the performances would have been better.

  • John_CC

    So the way it stands, the Cubs have Garza and Dempster – a #2 and #4 pitcher. Wells is barely clinging to the 5 slot, in my opinion. Cashner is huge question mark based only on his stability. Shark and Marshall should compete for one spot, again, in my opinion. They really need Cashner to be a starter, baby him, build strength, and maybe in 2013…but I don’t know anything about that. Where the hell is Aaron?

    I’m just spit-balling here…and it isn’t anything anyone doesn’t know…but this team needs major help in the rotation this off-season just to be competitive with the middle of the pack.

    I can’t wait for this regular season to end. The playoff races are shaping up. Looks like I might have to choose between the Phillies and Brewers to pull for. I hate Arizona as much as I like Gibby – I just can’t root for an expansion team and from Arizona.

    • Brp921

      Wells has looked pretty good his last couple of starts lets hope he can keep it up and carry it into next year.

    • Tony_Hall

      Garza,Dempster, Wells, Cashner.  That is 4 parts of next years rotation, unless something changes.  The “other” will have to come from a FA, a trade, or hopefully our system.

      • John_CC

        Brp and Tony – I would like nothing more than feel confident that Wells could be solid piece to the rotation.  I just am not, though.

        Wells’ August is an anomaly, his BABIP is something ridiculous like .180. He also somehow induce infield flies at a rate of 13%, which is far from normal for him, too.  I just don’t trust him. He certainly has the talent to be a #4 or #5 starter, but I think his maturity and focus is lacking. 

        As for Dempster, he just is not a #2 pitcher and more.  No more than Garza is an Ace.  I’m worried that Demp, as much as like his desire and drive and heart, is just wearing out. 

        And Cashner – I really hope he can get back into the rotation, they certainly need him there.  If they could flip Marmol for an #1 SP, I’d consider him for the closer spot, or Shark. 

        So basically, even with your rotation Tony, the “other” that comes from free agency needs to be an Ace or really solid #2. 

        Then you could have

        • Tony_Hall

          John – I thought you would know by now the difference between, what I think will happen and what I would like to see happen.

          Wells should have gone to the minors during 2009.  He is a cheap pitcher, who can fill a rotation spot.  I would have traded him when he had value.  With that said, he is in the rotation, unless the new GM, brings in some quality SP’s, and one would need to be an ACE, no doubt.  I just don’t see it happening over the off season. 

          I just hope that the new GM, will have the ability to Sell High and Buy Low, then repeat.  

  • studio179

    The lack of starting pitching that is ready is why Wells and Coleman are in the rotation. The new GM landing an ACE is unlikely this offseason. It would be great, but I do not see it. I do hope they can upgrade the pitching right away.

  • terrapinstn

    Coleman is defintely no maddux. in fact, he is worse than shawn estes in his 0-15 season. if coleman had as many starts he would eclipse that 15 loss season and maybe still have only the two wins. and another note, this was game 148. we have one extra game to endure than we thought