Seven unearned runs: Chicago Cubs blow it again

By jamesfrench

Most good teams can find away to win in close games, but the Cubs continue to find ways to lose. Unfortunately the Chicago Cubs blew another late inning lead in order to get swept by the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds, the leading team in the division, seems to be one of those teams that just find ways to win, as they scored seven times, and didn’t even earn one of them.

The Cubs offense was there, and the pitching wasn’t bad either, but the defense was horrific. The Reds never lead in the game until the eighth inning. and it seemed like the Cubs kept trying to let them win. I felt like I was watching a little league game with the way they were throwing the ball all over the place.

Chicago Cubs’ manager Mike Quade argues with home plate umpire John Hirschbeck over a ruling as catcher Welington Castillo (53) and pitcher Matt Garza (17) look on during the fourth inning of play against the Cincinnati Reds in their MLB National League baseball game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, May 17, 2011. REUTERS/John Sommers II (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

This is a professional team, and their defense should be much better than this. Four errors throughout the game, and that lead to seven unearned runs. I believe Len Kasper said that this was the most unearned runs allowed in one game since 1956. Will this team ever start putting things together?

I know as a die hard Cubs fan, it is starting to become hard to watch game after game as two aspects will be working, and the third is the reason they lose. At some point this season you would think that even the team has to be sick of seeing themselves self destruct.

On the bright side, there were a few good signs during the game. Carlos Pena hit a 3-run homer, which is good for two reasons. It’s nice to see some power from him again, and there were men on base when he hit it. However, can he hit a home run in any other park, other than Cincinnati?

We also got to see Tony Campana get his first MLB hit and RBI in his first plate appearance as a pro. Not to mention, his production came at a time that gave the Cubs some needed insurance runs. It’s just too bad that it wasn’t a 3-run homer, then the Cubs might have won the game. You can’t blame him though, it wasn’t his fault.

All the Cubs can do is put the series behind them and move on. It is still a long season, and they have plenty of time to figure things out. although, they better work on changing something soon, before it becomes too little too late.

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