Another day, another loss for the Cubs who got swept in Houston Wednesday night. However the Cubs did hold the lead for a short period of time in the series finale against the Houston Astros. The Cubs got the scoring started in the first when Reed Johnson hit a homerun just inside the left field foul pole to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Samardzija and the Cubs would hold the lead until the bottom of the fourth when with two outs and runners on 1st and 3rd JD Martinez blooped a ball into right field. DeJesus came racing in while Barney went back and just when it looked like DeJesus made the catch, Barney knocked it out of his glove and both runs scored on a triple by Martinez.
As you guessed the Cubs offense couldn’t get anything else going and when they did they once again couldn’t come up with a big hit. The Astros added three runs in the eighth off of Rafael Dolis, who was brought in to get some work in. He was not sharp in 2/3 innings, but it is hard to stay sharp as a closer when your team loses nine games in a row. Brett Myers came in and the Cubs went down quietly in the ninth losing 5-1. The good news is the Cubs will not lose their 10th straight tomorrow as they have a day off, before starting a three game series in Pittsburgh starting Friday. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
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Apparently it’s going to get worse before it gets better as the Cubs are quickly becoming the worst team in baseball. The number now stands at 59, it has been 59 innings since the Cubs have held a lead in a game. Process that for a second, and watch out Orel Hersheiser, one more inning and you no longer hold a record…oh wait, not the same thing. It’s almost impossible that a team can go almost seven full games without accidentally scoring first, but the Cubs have done it in spectacular fashion. The Cubs actually had a shot at winning the game on Tuesday night, but they couldn’t get a clutch hit or clutch out if their life depended on it and they fell to the Astros 2-1 for their 8th straight loss.
Travis Wood was surprisingly good on the mound for the Cubs. He went 5 and 2/3rds of an inning only allowing two runs on two hits. Wood left in the sixth with a guy on first and two outs. Shawn Camp entered and played hero for the Astros as he committed a throwing error for no reason to allow the runner to get to second then just like that it was 2-1 and a dejected Cubs team limped their way home after that. The Cubs had nothing going offensively once again as they only managed one run on six hits. The lone run coming on a mammoth solo home run from Alfonso Soriano which tied the game at one in the fourth, that was exciting. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
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