I can't close my eyes and make it go away.
How long, how long must we sing this song?
-- U2, "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
Recently, when there's a day game after a night game (especially one starting as early as today's), I've been combining the recap with the game thread.
But this one, oh, this one, deserves its own.
The simple fact, you already know: the Cubs lost to the Pirates 7-6 in 11 innings.
The method last night was the madness.
It really is this simple: only eight days ago, I wrote:
Sigh. The fact is, this Cub team has quite a few players who simply do not belong on a major league roster. Even against a team as bad as the Pirates, players like Cedeno and Bynum do not qualify as major league starting players, much less a starting double-play combination. The worst part of this is, in fact, that Ryan Theriot, who started the game at SS, had been removed for PH Jacque Jones, who struck out.
I could sit here and make nasty remarks or rail against management, but instead I'll just remind all of you (and any of you who haven't seen this yet) of Carrie Muskat's mailbag answer on Monday to someone who asked about Cedeno:
All of this ruined a fairly well-pitched game by Carlos Zambrano, though, as was pointed out in the game-thread comments last night, Z dug his own hole with two errors; otherwise the Cubs would have won the game satisfyingly in nine innings. Z, in fact, didn't give up a hit till the fifth inning, when he promptly fell apart. This game recap says of those first four innings:
The bullpen pitched well for three innings till Dempster came in, though, to be fair to Dempster, it surely wasn't all his fault, and further, this ruined a nice offensive game from Derrek Lee (three hits) and Aramis Ramirez (three hits, three walks, three runs scored), whose quote now is at the upper right of this blog.
And Aramis is right. The Cubs not only beat themselves, they found a new and disgusting way to do so. No one's going to be dumped off this roster in the next four weeks, but there had better be major changes once October 1 comes and goes. And Cedeno and Bynum had better be among the first to be shipped out. ANYWHERE.
Enough. I'll post a game thread later this morning, because, well, there's another game on the schedule.