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A Summation Of The Cubs 2010 Season: No Timely Hitting, Bullpen Failure, Loss

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Games like today's could make Lou want to retire early.
Games like today's could make Lou want to retire early.

There really isn't a whole lot to say about today's 4-3, 12-inning Cubs loss to the Astros except this:

The Cubs had the winning run on third base with one out in three straight innings, the 9th, 10th and 11th, and could not score.

Let me repeat that in a pretty blue box and in big bold type so you can't miss it:

The Cubs had the winning run on third base with one out in three straight innings, the 9th, 10th and 11th, and could not score.

Each time, there was a good baserunner (Kosuke Fukudome, Starlin Castro, Ryan Theriot -- OK, so at least two of the three) on third base. There were good bunters (Fukudome and Castro) at bat in the latter of the two innings. And no attempt at a squeeze? No out-of-the-box thinking? Nothing. Just nothing.

Mike said to me after Ted Lilly scored the Cubs' only run until the 12th inning, which followed his first hit of the season: "If there's any poetic justice in the world, that will be the only run scored today."

Guess there's no poetic justice in the world. Should Lou have yanked Lilly after seven? Probably, but then Jessica wouldn't have been able to rail at anyone who would listen in the 12th when Lou used up the entire bullpen and had to have Friday's starter, Randy Wells, warming up after Geovany Soto hit a two-run homer (almost to our section, as was the game-tying HR by Pedro Feliz) and the Cubs again had a runner in scoring position who got stranded.

Sixteen men left on base. Good relief pitching from Sean Marshall, Carlos Marmol, Andrew Cashner and Justin Berg wasted.

And now, a combined record against the Astros and Pirates of 6-15 -- which means the Cubs are 37-38 against the rest of the teams they've faced. Does that make any sense at all? Any? Bueller?

I promised that tomorrow, you'll get a post examining the candidates to replace Lou Piniella -- and you will; right now I am invited to the Dempster Foundation's fundraiser (they had two buses lined up next to the LF bleachers to take the entire team there after the game), so I'm likely out of here till morning. It was nice to have BCB'er Vermont Cubs Fan again in the bleachers (though he got some sunburn and was pretty upset at the end of the game), and also BCB'er Allie, who came up from Indiana to sit with us today. And, BCB'er portlandcubfan also stopped by to say hi.

Enjoy the off day. We all need it, I think.