Behind The 8th Ball

Shawn Camp looks on as Kyla Banks scores.

Shawn Camp looks on as Kyle Banks scores.

A couple of miscues and the Chicago Cubs lost a 2-0 lead going into the eighth inning and the San Diego Padres won with a final score of 4-2.

The new guy in town, Julio Borbon missed an easy out when the ball fell short. Then again, the Winds of Wrigley are legendary. Should be a movie.

“When I realized I could’ve caught it, I started calling [Barney] off and I don’t think he — I talked to him about it and he said he didn’t see it until the last minute, and that’s why he didn’t get out of the way,” Borbon said. “I was running in hard, saw him out of the corner of my eye.”

Then there was the difference between walking home and running home which Cubs ace catcher, Wellington Castillo believed Kyle Blanks was going to walk home when he chased a ball behind the plate.

“He’s been playing really well and throwing people out and a big part of why these starting pitchers are pitching well,” Sveum said. “He obviously had a mental lapse tonight. He’s caught well for a young kid who has a half a year in the big leagues.”

Go easy on him Dale, I’m sure he didn’t have a “mental lapse” it was an accident.

So, let’s talk about that incredible catch by first baseman Anthony Rizzo. He dove over a tarp almost hitting the wall, but made the catch. Way to go Tony Rizz!

You can’t win them all, but the Cubs just have to take this one on the chin and look forward to today when the once mighty Reds come to town to play a weekend series. This is going to be a tough one for sure and a valuable chance for the Cubs to chip away in the NL Central.

Game time is 2:20

—Mark

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