One Really Bad Inning – Cubs 5, Brewers 9

Game One Hundred Twenty-One – Cubs 5, Brewers 9
WP – Mark Rogers (1-1) LP – Justin Germano (2-3) Save – None

The Cubs lost for the fourth time in five games after another bad inning. The Cubs took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth on RBI from Anthony Rizzo, David DeJesus and Josh Vitters’ first big league home run. Justin Germano struggled through the first four innings then imploded in the fifth and could not get through the inning.

The Brewers scored eight runs in the fifth off Justin Germano and Jeff Beliveau. Jonathan Lucroy hit a pair of home runs on the night and drove in four of the Brewers’ nine runs. Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez went back-to-back off Beliveau in the fifth.

Monday night was by far Justin Germano’s worst start of the season. Germano struggled with his command all night (91 pitches, 54 strikes) and it caught up to him the third time through the lineup. Germano allowed seven runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Lendy Castillo labored through two scoreless innings (45 pitches, 26 strikes) and Michael Bowden kept the Brewers from tacking on the eighth but the Cubs offense managed only two runs after Vitters’ home run in the fourth.

The Cubs could not take advantage of Mark Rogers’ gifts early in the game. The Cubs loaded the bases in the second but came away with only one run and finished the game 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position (four left on base).

David DeJesus (1-for-3 with a double, two RBI, a sac fly, a stolen base and a run scored) and Anthony Rizzo (2-for-3 with a double, a RBI and a walk) drove in the first two runs. Darwin Barney (1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored) did his job at the plate and in the field. Welington Castillo (2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored) reached twice and scored two of the Cubs’ five runs. Castillo was charged with one of the Cubs’ two errors and had a rough night behind the plate.

Josh Vitters (1-for-4 with a home run) hit the first home run of his Major League career in the fifth off Mark Rogers. Vitters launched a 3-2 pitch to the second deck.

The Cubs are 4-16 since the trading deadline … and with Monday’s loss the Cubs dropped to a season-low 27 games under .500 with a 47-74 record.

David DeJesus led off Monday night’s game by pulling a 2-1 pitch down the first baseline. The ball hit off the side wall and DeJesus ended up at second with a standing double. Josh Vitters struck out swinging on three pitches. Anthony Rizzo took the first two pitches from Mark Rogers. DeJesus got a running lead on a 2-1 offering to Rizzo and swiped third without a throw. DeJesus ended up at third with his sixth stolen base of the season.

Anthony Rizzo drove the 3-1 offering from Rogers to the corner in left. The ball hit the track and jumped over the wall for a ground rule double. DeJesus trotted home and the Cubs took a 1-0 lead. Rogers struck out Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro swinging to end the inning. Rogers struck out the side and threw 22 pitches, 13 for strikes, in the first inning.

Norichika Aoki started the first with a single to left (1-2 pitch). Justin Germano could not throw strikes and fell behind Rickie Weeks. Weeks scorched a 3-1 pitch toward third. Josh Vitters tried to backhand the ball, it hit off his glove and Weeks reached on his second error of the season. Two batters into the game Justin Germano was in trouble.

Ryan Braun stepped in with runners on first and second with no outs. Germano fell behind Braun 2-0. Braun took strike one then fouled off a pitch. Germano was able to get the grounder he needed. Braun rapped into a 6-4-3 double play as Aoki advanced to third. Germano continued pitching from behind. Aramis Ramirez lined a 3-1 pitch toward left that Soriano caught to end the inning … 20 pitches for Germano after one, 10 for strikes.

Welington Castillo led off the second with a ground rule double to left center. Castillo launched a 2-2 pitch that hit the track and hopped over the wall. Brett Jackson and Darwin Barney walked and the bases were loaded with no outs for Justin Germano. Rogers caught Germano looking at a 0-2 pitch for the first out. David DeJesus lifted the first pitch he saw to deep left center. Castillo tagged and scored the Cubs’ second run … and both Jackson and Barney moved up ninety feet as well. Josh Vitters continued his struggles and popped out to short (3-2 pitch) for the third out.

Justin Germano struck out Corey Hart swinging (2-2 pitch) to start the second. Jonathan Lucroy lined a 1-0 pitch just over the wall in left and cut the Cubs lead in half. Carlos Gomez grounded out to short and Jean Segura tapped back to the mound to end the inning. Germano threw 34 pitches in the first two innings, 19 strikes.

Mark Rogers faced the minimum in the third after issuing a leadoff walk to Anthony Rizzo on five pitches. Alfonso Soriano pulled the first pitch he saw to Aramis Ramirez … 5-4-3 double play. Castro flied out to right center to end the inning.

Justin Germano retired the side in order in the third … 42 pitches for Germano, 25 for strikes.

After three, the Cubs led 2-1.

The Cubs did nothing in the fourth inning.

Brett Jackson took away an extra basehit from Ryan Braun to start the fourth. Braun crushed a 3-2 pitch to straight away center. Jackson ranged back and made a leaping catch just before crashing into the padding. Aramis Ramirez followed and pulled a 2-2 pitch into left for his 40th double of the season. Germano struck Corey Hart swinging (3-2 pitch). Jonathan Lucroy grounded out to third to end the inning. Rizzo made an excellent scoop of a low throw from Josh Vitters. Germano needed 68 pitches, 41 for strikes, to get through four innings.

Mark Rogers caught Justin Germano looking to start the fifth. DeJesus worked a full count before grounding out to first. Josh Vitters stepped in with the bases empty and two down.

Josh Vitters worked a full count before launching the first homer of his big league career. The ball ended up in the second deck and the Cubs took a 3-1 lead. Anthony Rizzo followed with a single to left. Rizzo swiped second with Soriano at the plate but Alfonso Soriano grounded out to third to end the inning.

Carlos Gomez led off the fifth with a single to left (1-2 pitch). Ron Roenicke called for a hit and run with Jean Segura at the plate. Segura hit a routine grounder to short as Gomez advanced to second with one down. Roenicke decided he’d seen enough of Mark Rogers and sent up Travis Ishikawa to hit for his pitcher.

Ishikawa pounded a 1-1 pitch into right. DeJesus charged the ball and made a strong but ill-advised throw to the plate. Welington Castillo could not haul in the ball, it then hit off Gomez and ended up in the Brewers dugout. Ishikawa was awarded third on Castillo’s error and the Cubs lead was down to one run.

Norichika Aoki lifted a 0-1 pitch into left center. Brett Jackson made a nice running catch as Ishikawa tagged and scored the tying run. Germano continued to struggle with his command and the Brewers took advantage.

The Brewers squared off on Germano the third time through the lineup. Rickie Weeks singled to left. Ryan Braun followed with a single to right (first pitch). Weeks advanced to third with two down. Germano walked Ramirez and the bases were loaded for Corey Hart.

Corey Hart gave the Brewers the lead for good with a single to right center that plated Weeks and Braun … 5-3 Brewers. Dale Sveum decided he’d seen enough and went to his pen for Jeff Beliveau.

With runners on first and second with two down, Jeff Beliveau served up a 2-2 pitch to Jonathan Lucroy that he deposited over the wall in left center … 8-3 Brewers. Ron Santo’s favorite player then launched a 1-0 pitch from Beliveau over the wall in left center. Carlos Gomez trotted around the bases and the Brewers took a 9-3 lead. Jean Segura grounded out to third to finally end the inning.

The Brewers scored eight runs in the fifth and after five had a commanding 9-3 lead.

Kameron Loe set down the side in order in the sixth.

Dale Sveum went to his bench and pen in the bottom of the sixth. Joe Mather took over in right, David DeJesus moved to center and Lendy Castillo made his way in from the pen. Nyjer Morgan grounded out to second to start the sixth. Aoki singled to left off Vitters’ glove. Weeks flied out to right (3-2 pitch). Ryan Braun singled to left center (2-0 pitch), Aoki advanced to third but both were stranded when Ramirez popped out to second for the third out.

Darwin Barney greeted Mike McClendon with a double off the wall in left center to start the seventh. Joe Mather flied out to right center. Barney tagged and advanced to third. Ron Roenicke made the slow walk and went to his pen for lefty Manny Parra. David DeJesus grounded out to first and Barney scored the Cubs’ fourth run. Vitters struck out swinging to end the inning.

Lendy Castillo stayed in and completed his second inning of work. Castillo struggled but kept the Brewers off the board. Hart grounded out to second (1-1 pitch). Castillo walked Jonathan Lucroy before striking out Carlos Gomez (0-2 pitch, swinging). Jean Segura singled to center but Cody Ransom struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing against Jose Veras in the eighth.

Michael Bowden allowed a leadoff single to Norichika Aoki but that was all in the eighth. Bowden struck out Weeks looking, retired Braun on a pop out to short and struck out Ramirez to end the inning.

The Cubs went to the ninth down 9-4 … and Livan Hernandez took the hill to close it out for the Brewers.

Welington Castillo led off the ninth with a single to center. Luis Valbuena hit for Michael Bowden and crushed a 3-1 pitch to deep right center. Valbuena admired his work then tried to turn it on when the ball did not leave the park. Carlos Gomez threw out Valbuena at second. Valbuena did not run then when he did he tried to stretch a single into a double with his team down by five runs. Castillo advanced to third on the play.

Darwin Barney struck out swinging for the second out. A 0-2 pitch to Joe Mather got away from Jonathan Lucroy, Castillo scored, but Mather flied out to center to end the game.

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Chris Rusin is scheduled to make his big league debut on Tuesday night against Marco Estrada.

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  • Aaron

    Well, if the tweet I just saw is accurate–that Sveum will evaluate just 2 catchers (Castillo and Clevenger) the rest of the way—then I believe we just got our answer on roster moves:
    1) Coleman to 60-day
    2) Lalli will be DFA’d

    Then, probably Beliveau down because of getting shelled tonight. Who knows for the other move?

    What I hope happens:
    1)Camp traded
    2)Corpas traded
    3)Soriano accepts trade to Giants
    ….all are extremely unlikely, but that’s just what I hope happens

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Here ya go … Beliveau, Cardenas heading back to Iowa for Hinshaw, Rusin moves.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      No word on the 40-man move yet for Rusin

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Beliveau, Cardenas heading back to Iowa for Hinshaw, Rusin moves.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Too bad about Cardenas. If he is, as Rizzo stated, the best pure hitter that the Iowa Cubs had, then I would have liked to see him get an extended chance to play.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Rusin vs Estrada. Estrada, in 15 starts, is 0-5. He’s Chris Volstad with a slightly better ERA.

    Rusin could win this one.

  • Tony_Hall

    Just and FYI for those that have only seen updates on Dempster being bad in the AL…he can still pitch. Beating Baltimore 5-1 last night.

    8 IP
    4 H
    2 BB
    6 K’s
    1 ER

    And some of you may be thinking Baltimore, there no good, but they are still hanging on as a Wild Card team right now. And offensively, are being led by Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, Chris Davis, Nick Markakis, no big name FA signed here. Their pitching staff is Wei-Yin Chen, Tommy Hunter, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, Brian Matusz and Jim Johnson with 40 saves as their closer.

    They were 69-93 last year, last place in the AL East. Yet they didn’t go on spending spree, and turned it around in one year by their own players and making some trades.

    • Henry

      Tony, I am going to be at the Peoria Chiefs vs the Beloit snappers game on Wednesday. Are you going? If so I will be in Section A row 5 seat 1 or 2.

      • Tony_Hall

        I am planning to go all 3 nights. Of course each day has it’s own issues. Wednesday is my son’s 1st day at High School (freshman only day), AND he is getting braces, and Wednesday is the first day he will walk out with more than just bands in his mouth. So, I am not sure how he will feel. So if he is ok, I will be at the game. I will get a GA ticket, as I spend most of my time along the fence by the dugout. If I make it I will look for you.

    • GaryLeeT

      Mathematically a contender, but the Os are not even in the same stratosphere as the Yankees.

      • Tony_Hall

        The Yankees are the division leader by 4 games, 6 over Baltimore. They do take 2 Wild Card teams. And from so many on here, the Cubs should have fielded a better team this year to try and make the playoffs, because, anything can happen once in…so if the Orioles are in a Wild Card spot right now, would that put them in the playoffs, and give them a shot…

        And of course they aren’t in the Yankees stratosphere, they are much younger.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Baltimore is a wierd situation. They do nothing well.

          Offensively, they are 20th in runs scored, 24th in BA, 26th in OBP. The best thing about them is slugging: 15th. They’ve even scored 47 runs LESS than their opponents.

          Pitching? 27th in Quality starts. 18th in ERA. 21st in WHIP. 21st in BAA.

          Fielding. Are they winning because they [hahahahahaha!] out field their competition?

          NO. They are DEAD LAST in MLB in fielding.

          Conclusion: they are playing into some luck. It won’t last forever. Or else Buck Showalter is the greatest manager of all time. LOL

          • Tony_Hall

            It only has to last until the end of the season.

            They may not hold on, but this is a good example of a team turning around their record in one year. Would it be worth it for them to “go for it” this year and trade off Bundy to get an extra player to try and win it all this year? Of course not!
            But if this was the Cubs, we would all be hearing, let’s trade away our suspect prospects for a sure thing, that isn’t really a sure thing to winning anything this year, and going down the road of mortgaging the future for an ill-advised attempt to win now.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Accuscore gives the Cubs a 21% chance of winning tonight.

    • Ripsnorter1

      What about do you think about the White Sox?

      They could go to the World Series again this year. [That would be bad for the Cubs, since the White Sox went in 2005]. “Anything CAN happen.”

      Adam Dunn looks like he may hit his 40 HRs again (has 36 now). They are getting career years out of Pierzinski, Rios, De Aza, and even Konerko.

      The Sox have the lowest rated MiL system in MLB, too
      http://www.minorleagueball.com/2012/1/23/2728027/2012-baseball-farm-system-rankings-prospects

      But Kenny Williams goes for it every year. He doesn’t get it every year, but he goes for it. Keeeennnnnny’s system seems to be working.

      • Tony_Hall

        It seems to work to have a chance every so many years. Let’s face it, they got lucky in 2005 to win it all.

        I don’t like his style but it does give the fan base “hope” that any year they could make the playoffs and anything can happen.

        I like what Theo and Co. are doing, by rebuilding the farm system and trying to build a foundation that will bring players up every year. Not all of the players will make it, and some will be traded to add the right vets at hopefully the right time. I feel in a few years, the Cubs will be a team that is competitive every year and a threat to make the playoffs, every year, and can then have a chance at anything can happen every year.

        Imagine the Rays if all of a sudden they had the ability to raise their payroll to $140M (not that they would go out and spend it all in one year), so that they can keep anyone that they wanted, and then turn around and be able to trade away the next wave of players that would have replaced the guys they kept. Then when they have young guys that are ready, they trade off the vet, that can bring back more young guys for the system.

      • Aaron

        The amazing thing about Kenny, is about the only prospect he gave up (incidentally, he also re-acquired him in a separate trade) that ended up being something was Gio Gonzalez. Yes, he dealt Chris Young, who initially looked like a future star, but has fallen off a cliff since, and he also dealt Hudson, who was good initially, but got injured this year, but that’s about all he’s dealt that was worth anything.

        They’ve also dealt big-time 1B prospects at the time like Chris Carter and Brandon Allen, and neither have made an impact, though Carter is at last starting to make some noise this year at the MLB level with the A’s.

        As for the Red Sox, while I do not agree with them trading away Hanley Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez to get Beckett, they are a big market team, and had World Series aspirations. It worked out well for both sides, as Beckett played a major role in their championship run that year. However, Team Theo’s track records with the Cubs right now is very sketchy with the Stewart deal. I am NOT comparing this trade to the one I just mentioned, but I would be shocked if Stewart and Weathers amount to anything with the Cubs, or any other team for that matter. Meanwhile, it looks like Colvin and LeMahieu will be solid for the Rockies, and have the potential to be even better in the future. The deal didn’t make sense at the time, and certainly doesn’t make sense right now.

        I hope we see more of the Baker, Johnson, Maholm, Dempster, Soto, etc. type of trades rather than ones like the Colvin/LeMahieu where they overpaid and got older in a rebuilding year.

        • Tony_Hall

          “It looks like Colvin and LeMaieu will solid for the Rockies…”

          I liked Colvin, and would haved loved to see him get a chance to play everyday and always wanted to see Lemahieu get a chance.

          BUT….

          Colvin stats

          HOME – 315/366/624/991

          AWAY – 267/296/467/762

          Rocky Mountain high for sure.

          Plus

          DAY – 274/316/48797
          NIGHT – 303/344/590/934

          Pre All-Star – 305/335/626/961
          Post All-Star – 268/330/402/732

          Nothing there makes you say playing day games at Wrigley would have been good, plus his numbers have gone down in the 2nd half, and he is below average away from Coors Field.

          Lemahieu is nothing more than a utility guy having played in 43 games for 105 AB’s. His OBP is 312, so not sure he is going to make it into their lineup, when his slugging is 390.

          If only you viewed guys still on the Cubs solid for having these numbers.

  • Tony_Hall

    Catcher competition between Castillo and Clevenger. This is mainly a way to push Castillo harder. He is the starter, Clevenger is going to be a back-up catcher at the major league level. I expect them to be split a little closer than a classic starting catcher getting one day off a week, to more like 4-2 and 4-3 splits each week.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-0821-bits-cubs-brewers-chicago–20120821,0,7220076.story

    But a line at the end of the article from Sveum, that should help explain what their thought process is right now and was all year.

    About Hinshaw – ” Sveum said he has no specific role. “He’s a left-handed guy with a good arm,” Sveum said. “We’ll evaluate him in the next 40 days or so.””

    Evaluate him in the next 40 days or so. This year has been all about development, and looking for guys that can help in the next few years, and picking out the guys who can help long term.

  • paulcatanese

    I guess the difference for me is I used to see baseball as a spectator sport, the players had personalities, charisma,managers were there to second guess ( a fans right)
    and I could cheer or boo the game.
    Hot dogs, beer were not concessions to be counted in revenue, simply part of the game.
    Now the sport( if its called that anymore) and the players are nothing more than a comodity that is veiwed as length of contract people,extensions, and in general somone that is purchased like a stock that can be traded or dumped at the opportune time.
    Buy the stock low and sell at its highest value, I see the comparison.
    Owners and front office people are little more than stockbrokers,
    buy the stock, develop it and sell for a profit, no names, no humanity involved, just a cold calculated business that has no emotion involved. Their are no rules, get away with whatever they can.
    Never in my wildest dreams did I think of baseball this way,
    I am just a nieve old man that believed baseball was the game of the nation, with green grass, manicured fields, blue skies,
    and Jack Armstrong types for players, busting their tails for the game itself, not counting the years when they become free agents and can demand insane salaries.
    Finally I realize that this is just no longer a game, but a cold hearted business designed to get every dollar they can get, whether its the owners,front office, or the players, its all about
    the money.

    • Tony_Hall

      The game doesn’t stink Mr. Catenese. It’s a great game.

      There are still ballplayers out there that play this game because they love it.

      I still believe that every FO wants to win a World Series. Most teams understand the position they are in, and do what it takes from their position to get an opportunity to win it all.

      For Love of the Game

      • paulcatanese

        Tony, I hope you didn’t think my post was aimed at you, it wasn’t.
        Of course their are ballplayers that play the game because they love it, I just dont see any of them forgoing their salary to play it.
        I was speaking about the game and the way it is presented today, a business, nothing more.
        Sure every FO wants to win a World Series, I dont deny that, it’s just the method they use in getting there.
        I would like to believe its For Love of the Game, just can’t bring myself to envision it that way.
        You are lucky Tony, that you still have the intensity and belief that you do, and I admire you for it.I would not attempt to sway anyone to think the way I do about baseball.
        Contrary to what I write, I do love the game, but am extremely uncomfortable the way it is being executed.
        Their is a big difference between hitting groundballs on a rocky field to a kid and where it ends up in a Major League diamond and the steps it takes to get there.
        Do not change you’re thoughts Tony, they are admirable, and envy them.

        • Tony_Hall

          No, I didn’t think it was directed at me, and hope you got the movie quote reference, Mr Wheeler.

          Also, thanks for the kind words. You know that even when I disagree with you, I have the utmost respect for you.

          • texcubnut

            Well said, both Tony and Paul. Discourse with a degree of respect and kindness. You two personify the ‘stay classy, cubs fans’ slogan!