Cubs Seeing Red

I’ve probably used that title before, but there’s no other explanation for what happened last night between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs. Reds won 5-4

The Cubs played well. A lead-off home run by David Dejesus got things going and as Travis Wood said,

“We battled all game,” Chicago starter Travis Wood said. “They’re a good ballclub over there and their guys did what they needed to do to pull out a win.”

I think it was in the late innings when everything took an unlucky turn. Luis Valbuena hit a two run homer in the 13th inning but the Cubs couldn’t salvage the win.

“I’m proud of the way they played today,” Dale Sveum said. “They had good at-bats all night long, played good defense, pitched, and came up short. [The Reds] hit the ball hard the last inning. Besides the one blooper that fell in and changed things, other than that, they swung the bats there. No walks — they swung the bats to beat us.”

What I’ve been saying all year long is the Cubs are a good team and a friend of mine put a couple of bucks on the Reds because, well a gambling person would put the money on the right team. He picked them to win by a run.

The Cubs have been keeping it close but not getting the wins. It’ll come.

“It’s hard to be down,” Wood said about the loss. “It’s easy to be down, but also hard to be down. It’s not like we’re getting blown out every game. We’re right there. We just have to come together as a team and figure out how to pull them out.”

Theo Epstein preaches patience. I believe.

—Mark

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