Win Streak Ends at 14

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Win Streak Ends at 14

. Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Tribune Photo by Charles Cherney / June 24, 2008 This marked the beginning of many uncomfortable moments Tuesday night

Tuesday night brought an end to an incredible 14-game win streak at Wrigley Field. It's hard to assess the blame on this one - Eric Patterson calling off Ryan Theriot on a routine fly ball that would lead to 3 unearned runs? Michael Wuertz not being able to get out of the jam? Sean Marshall for only going 4.2 innings and giving up 3 earned runs? Stupid umpires making stupid calls? All these factors certainly played their part, but with the way the season has been going, I am willing to accept the fact that you can't win 162 games (or maybe I'm just bitter that I had attended 3 of the Cubs 8 losses prior to last night).

Tribune Photo by Charles Cherney / June 24, 2008

As Derrek Lee catches the ball, Aramis Ramirez is paralyzed with fear as the voice of Jon Miller saying "Adios, pelota" surrounds him

For his part, Sean Marshall looked like he had some filthy stuff last night, striking out 7. It was a shame that things started to come loose in the 5th, but I still think he showed some promise in being able to get us through until Zamrano is off the DL. Michael Wuertz got the benefit of MLB scoring to not have his ERA jacked up, but his outing was filled with disappointment. Neal Cotts, Jon Lieber, and Carlos Marmol all cleaned up and collectively only allowed 2 hits over 3.1 innings, which was key in keeping us in this game.

Tribune Photo by Charles Cherney/ June 24, 2008

I haven't seen sashaying this grandiose since 'Singing in the Rain'

For their part, the Cubs offense put up a fight in the late innings. Jim Edmonds keeps on proving he doesn't have sciatica by blasting a 3-run home run in the 7th (6 on the year), bringing the score to 7-4. Ramirez would add an RBI in the 8th inning (in which we got the old reach-around from the Ump on a tough out at 2nd) bringing the score to 7-5. Unfortunately, though we threatened in the 9th, we struck out 3 straight times, leaving runners stranded. I hate to admit it, but I have to wonder why Jim Edmonds was taken out, the way he has been seeing the ball. There was a little statistical advantage to having a right-hander bat over a leftie, but, as evidenced in the 3 straight strike outs while we had the bases loaded.

Tribune Photo by Charles Cherney / June 24, 2008"I'm sorry Leslie, but your poor sign planning is the reason the Cubs lost" said her father as she ran away in tears

It was a tough loss, so I hope we can rebound tonight. Rain is in the forecast for the next couple of days, so it will be interesting to see what happens. Obviously, being an inter-league game, this would be incredibly difficult to make up. I know that, personally, I hope tonight's game gets called and they have a double-header for tomorrow (in which I have 8th row seats), but I'm sure my co-founder would be pretty pissed, with his tickets for tonight's game. C'mon John, take one for the team.