Seems like these kind of games are happening every other night, the Cubs play a hard-fought game only to see the bullpen come in and look more like a little league bullpen than a major league baseball one. It started with Shawn Camp in the 8th inning, and to be fair Camp has been a pleasant surprise thus far. But he hung a slider to Carlos Ruiz in a 2-2 game and Ruiz promptly untied it with a solo home run to left field. Things like that happen, but what gets me is the Cubs pen handing runs to the opponent. This time it was Scott Maine who couldn’t get the ball over the plate when the Phillies were trying to get a bunt down in the 9th inning. Maine, who was called up to replace Lendy Castillo who has a groin issue, couldn’t get anyone out in the 9th inning before leaving the game with the bases loaded and nobody out with the Cubs trailing 3-2, still a manageable deficit. In came Michael Bowden and out went any chance for the Cubs to win the game as Bowden gave up a two run single to Ty Wiggington and a grand slam to Hector Luna, yeah, Hector Luna hit a grand slam. That was all she wrote for the Cubs as they fell 9-2 after entering the 8th inning tied at two. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Some nights it’s just not there, this was one of those nights. Randy Wells looked pretty good in the first three innings, problem is he didn’t make it out of the fourth. Someone apparently told Randy that the distance between the rubber and home plate was now 50′ because that’s about as far as half the pitches he threw in the 4th went. Wells was tagged with the loss only going 3 and 2/3rds of an inning and surrendering four runs. The Cubs weren’t much better at the plate as they made Joe Blanton look like someone much better than Joe Blanton. Every Cubs starter had a hit except for Castillo and Stewart, however they couldn’t string anything together and ended up on the short end of a 5-2 decision. Full highlights, and box score after the jump.