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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Cubs Blow 5-0 Lead


It’s hard not to be absolutely livid about what happened with the Cubs last night. I don’t usually do game recaps, but here is a brief one: Cubs take a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the 8th behind another fine performance by Randy Wells.

Wells gives up a homer to Garret Anderson. Then Derrek Lee drops the throw from Theriot and Martin Prado is safe at first. Wells exits and Marmol comes in. Marmol walks Jeff Francoeur, hits Greg Norton than walks Kelly Johnson to let in run number 2. Yunel Escobar hits a sac fly and it’s 5-3.

Kevin Gregg starts the bottom of the 9th on the mound for the Cubs. Gregg gets Anderson to whiff, but it’s a wild pitch and he reaches first base. After a Prado flyout, Gregg gets ahead of Francoeur 1-2, then inexplicably throws a fastball right down the plate and Francoeur crushes it for a 2-run homer. Cubs then lose in the 12th. It’s back to .500 and 2 losses in a row.

This was classic Cubs baseball. Like old school, when the Cubs are really bad, baseball.

  • dhaab

    I really don’t understand why Piniella pulled Wells so quickly. He had only thrown 83 pitches and still looked strong to me. Sometimes you need to let your starter go and give him the confidence to know he can bear down and get through the later innings. I know Wells is still a younger pitcher, but he’s been around long enough to be able to handle protecting a 4 run lead in that spot. Just my two cents.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Right on, especially when the bullpen stinks like it does.

    They are all super tight, Lou included.

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