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Cubs hit new low, commit five errors in loss to Reds

Aug 10, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

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The Cubs snapped their eight-game losing streak by beating the Reds on Thursday, but they returned to typical form Friday, committing five errors in a 10-8 loss to Cincinnati.

Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Josh Vitters, Brett Jackson and Welington Castillo all had miscues on a very windy day at Wrigley Field. The Cubs had five errors for the first time since committing six on Sept. 12, 2006 against the Dodgers.

Besides the errors, the Cubs had two wild pitches and a passed ball, they had two runners thrown out on the basepaths (Alfonso Soriano at home in the third, Starlin Castro at third with no outs in the sixth) and they had an outfield collision on a ball that dropped in the eighth, giving Brandon Phillips a single.

It wasn’t a particularly pretty game for the Reds either, but they did take advantage just enough to snap their five-game losing streak. Jonathan Broxton nearly blew a 9-6 lead by giving up two runs in the eighth, but Aroldis Chapman came in to get the final out of the inning and send the Reds on to the ninth up 9-8. After the offense got him an insurance run, he pitched a perfect ninth for his 26th save.

  1. mybrunoblog - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Well, they are the Cubs.

  2. DiscountMescan - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Was watching the play-by-play on CSN and thought the 5 errors was a mistake. Clearly not

    • Reflex - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      It was actually five mistakes….

  3. jsally430 - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    I feel sorry.for the cubbies.

  4. jsally430 - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM


  5. natslady - Aug 10, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    All that and they only lost 10-8? Doesn’t sound like the Reds played great either.

    • ezthinking - Aug 10, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      Check out the route Paul ran on the fly to right in the 7th. He was 50 feet the wrong way. Phillips came out to him during the pitching change and was mocking him mercilessly.

      • natslady - Aug 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM

        Is that the Xavier Paul who came late to Nats spring training, didn’t make the cut, and was granted his release?

  6. flmdcubswin - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    I bet a whole lot of Chicago wishes Mike Quade was still the coach.

    He was run out of Chicago. He had to deal with losing 40% of his starting pitchers half way into game 1. Soriano was worse in 2011 than any other year of his contract, he had to deal with Zambrano, Ramirez decided he didn’t want to play anymore and he was not the only one . Half the roster should have been down at AAA.

    The Cubs had six more wins at this time last year. Opening day 2012 Sveum looked like a total bum off the street. He hadn’t shaved in days and his clothes looked like he had slept in them for about a week. It all starts at the top and works it way down. Hey, My coach looks like crap why shouldn’t I ?

    Ryne Sandberg was not the answer last year and Dale Sveum is not the answer this year either. It would have been great to have given Mike the second year of his contract.

    • windycity0301 - Aug 10, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      No thanks, no way, not even close to reality. Not sure if youre a friend of quade but any cub fan will tell you he was a joke. Sveum is working with half the talent quade had…

      • professormaddog31 - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:34 AM

        Word Windy. Quade lost control of the entire team and that lead to systematic failure. Now I agree, Sveum isn’t the greatest manager the team could have but let’s be honest here – it doesn’t really matter who the manager would be. It could be the second coming of Sparky Anderson for crying out loud and the team would still suck. There is no leadership in the clubhouse, and that exposes more than anything else.

  7. mrredlegz - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Ugly, yes. But after dumping 5 straight to divisional teams, I’ll take it. 24 mph winds according to the recap. Ryan Ludwick must have crushed that ball he hit out.

  8. whodeytn - Aug 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    All that and they only lost 10-8? Doesn’t sound like the Reds played great either.

    As was noted in the article

  9. whitecastleisafoodgroup - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Was at the game. The game was worse than the stats.

  10. derklempner - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    “…they returned to typical form Friday, committing five errors…”

    “Typical form”? Really, Matthew? I had no idea the Cubs were averaging five errors per game this season.

    Wait a second… Are you a Cardinals fan?

  11. riverace19 - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Quade was a clown show… Sveum is fodder until the young guys can figure it out and get better… Then in comes Ryno. New low? It’s called 2012. Pointing that out in August makes you laughable.

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