Cubs Comeback Falls Short

Rich hill seats 5-2.jpgAnother night, another difficult loss.  The Cubs dropped another game, this one extra innings, to the first place Cardinals.  The Cubs have now lost 6 of thier last 8 and just can’t seem to get it done.There may also be some bigger problems.  Say goodbye to Rich Hill, as he couldn’t even go one inning before getting pulled in the first.  He got out the first batter, then walked Rick Ankiel and Albert Pujols.  He got Troy Glaus to pop out, but then walked Ryan Ludwick to load the bases.  With catcher Yadir Molina and his ******** .276 average, Hill proceeded to walk in the first run of the game.  That was it for Hill, as Pinella had seen enough.  Say goodbye to Rich Hill Cubs fans.  If he is not send down to the minors by Sunday morning, we have real problems.  The guy is a mental midget who has major meltdowns on the mound.  Remember, he is older than Zambrano.  His breaking stuff may get him a lot of strikeouts in the minors, but big league hitters don’t usually fall for that junk.  He had a decent season in 2007, but has looked horrible ever since spring training.  Best of luck to Rich in Iowa.  The hitting really wasn’t there for the Cubs, as many players saw their averages sink.  Adam Wainwright, who has had a great season, and the rest of the Cardinals bullpen baffled the Cubs.  Soriano looked bat at the plate, going 1-6 with three strikeouts and leaving 5 men on base.  Ryan Theriot went 0-6, Fukudome went 0-5 and left 6 men on base, and DeRosa went 0-4 with two stike outs.  Luckily, the Cubs bullpen kept it close.  Michael Wuertz did ok, getting out of Hill’s two out bases loaded jam, but he gave up a run in the second after giving up a lead off double to the pitcher.  The Cubs were down 2-0 when Geovany Soto continued to swing a hot bat, getting a double and moving to third on pinch hitter Carlos Zambrano’s single. With runners at first and third, Soriano grounded into a fielders’ choice, scoring Soto to make it 2-1.  Unfortunately, Soriano’s poor defense led to more runs being scored on the Cubs.  Jon Lieber did a great job keeping the Cubs in the game, going 3.2 innings and giving up five hits, but no runs.  Sean Marshall faced only one batter to finish the sixth for Lieber, and got the lefty Skip Schumaker to strike out.  Then, in the bottom of the seventh and the Cubs leading 2-1, Bob Howry came into the game.  Howry did an excellant job, but his defense let him down.  Rick Ankiel reached when a ball hit to D-Lee took a bad bounce and Lee was given an error.  Pujols

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