Game One Hundred Thirty-Eight – Cubs 5 Pirates 6
On a beautiful night in Chicago, the most beautiful park in the bigs was empty. I did not attend the game tonight, lately I have decided to stay home and turn the game off at will. But I did turn the game on the TV tonight and to my surprise, my delightful surprise the stadium was empty. Now I am not talking Florida Marlins empty, but close. Did you know that the bleachers were green? Are Cub fans revolting? Or are they just lazy? Regardless of the reasons of the Cub Faithful or Unfaithful, the upper brass will take notice. I received a text message tonight on my cell phone that read, “I haven’t seen Wrigley this dead since ’02.” I attended the game on Sunday and my beer vendor Glen said the Cubs were expecting 20,000 – 23,000 a night against the Pirates this week. I couldn’t believe my ears. Cub fans I applaud you, if you continue to attend games on a regular basis, you will get the same product on the field year after year. And as of late that product has been less than stellar. If you don’t know it you are sending a message tonight, the attendance was announced at 31,494. That was incredibly high, and I am sure that includes all of the season ticket holders. Well take mine off that total 31,492. And about 7-10,000 others. I almost forgot the Cubs are taking on the Pirates tonight, on to the game. The last time Juan Mateo faced the Pirates he lasted two innings. Mateo was given another chance tonight, but unfortunately the same old story. Mateo lasted four innings giving up five runs on six hits; he did K seven and walked none. But Jason Bay had Mateo’s number and tagged him early and often. Bautista singled to right, Freddy Sanchez flied out to left and Bay homered to deep left on a 2-2 count. Nady struck out swinging to end the top half of the inning. Pirates 2 Cubs 0.
The Cubbies managed two hits and one run in the bottom half of the first. Pierre doubled to left to start the inning. Theriot flied out on a sac bunt, Aramis flied out to left and JP tagged his way to third. D-Lee singled hard to center scoring JP. JJ struck out to end the inning. Pirates 2 Cubs 1.
In the top of the third Victor Santos struck out to start the inning. Chris Duffy was hit by a pitch, Jose Bautista tripled to the corner in right and Duffy scored easily. Sanchez struck out. With Bautista standing on third Bay hit a moon shot to left field. Two at bats five pitches two long balls. Xavier Nady doubled to center and Burnitz struck out to end the inning. Pirates 5 Cubs 1. In the bottom of the inning JP flied out to center, Theriot tripled to right. He has been such a spark plug for this team everytime he is in the lineup; I would imagine he will be a big addition to the bench next year. Aramis grounded out but got the RBI as Theriot scored. D-Lee added another base hit and JJ grounded out to end the inning. Pirates 5 Cubs 2.
The Cubs got two more in the fourth on three hits. With the bases loaded JP singled to center Blanco and Cedeno scored. With runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs, Aramis grounded out to third baseman Bautista on a close play. Aramis slammed his helmet in disgust, pretty typical for Aramis. The first base ump didn’t like AramisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ reaction to his call and threw him out of the game. One of the quickest hooks I have ever seen. Inning over Pirates 5 Cubs 4. The Cubs tied the game in the 5th on two hits and some Pirate mistakes. Pirates 5 Cubs 5. The game stayed that way until the top of the ninth. Demspter came in to pitch. With the bases loaded Dempster threw a wild pitch that scored Juan Bautista. The Pirates scored on a wild pitch after Dempster gave up back-to-back walks to Sanchez and Bay. In typical Cubs fashion going into the bottom of the 9th Pirates 6 Cubs 5. The Cubs staged a late rally in the bottom of the 9th but with runners on 1st and 2nd, Freddie Bynum pinch hit for Ronny Cedeno and struck out swinging on a 3-2 count. Cubs lose for the 10th time in 11 games. WOW, they are bad. Ladies and gentlemen the Cubs are in last place in the Central. Sorry for the negativity but it is really hard to find anything positive when you are in the cellar.
PS….Nice game JP, Theriot you play the game the way it should be played and D-Lee nice to see you swing the bat with confidence.
Until next time…. …. ….