St. Louis, MO. USA; Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum takes the ball from relief pitcher Manny Corpas in the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals scored 12 runs in the seventh inning. Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
Well, that was... something.
What, exactly, I'm not certain. What we do know is that the Cubs were shut out by the Cardinals 12-0 Saturday night, and in so doing the Cubs' rivals from St. Louis tied a few records. Don't avert your eyes:
Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 22, 2012
Here's the best way to recap this game. Open this link, hit pause and mute it. Then open this link, and also hit pause (but not mute). Then hit "play" on both of them at the same time. (If I had the technical skills to put them together and speed up the first one, I would have, but you get the idea.)
Lost in all of this was the fact that until that... inning happened, this game was a solid pitcher's duel with some nice defensive plays, and Justin Germano had bailed the Cubs out when Matt Garza left with what was announced to be "right tricep cramping". Len & Bob had the play in the bottom of the third inning, when Garza appeared to have been accidentally hit by Skip Schumaker, replayed several times; it did look like there was some contact.
Garza was shown in the dugout, clearly not happy about either the incident, having to leave the game, or maybe being told once again that he can't throw shaving cream pies any more. He's officially listed as day-to-day, and it doesn't seem as if this will be a big deal either for his future with the club or for any possible trade.
What more can be said about this game? Nothing, really, except my prediction of a 1-5 road trip is looking like it very well could happen. For some reason, this year's Cubs, who are playing reasonably well at home, can't seem to do anything right away from Wrigley Field.
Forget about this blowout. There's another game today (game preview will post at 11:30 a.m. CDT), and more importantly, the induction of Ron Santo into the Baseball Hall of Fame this afternoon. You can watch that on MLB Network beginning at 12:30 CDT.