Well, after winning a rain delayed game Tuesday night, the Cubs put themselves in the position to sweep the Reds. Greg Maddux got his first win in May, tying Don Sutton and Nolan Ryan for 13th on the all time wins list. The Cubs were down early when the rain started pouring in the fourth inning. After the delay, Reds starter Brandon Claussen could not find the strike zone, and had to face Jacque Jones with the bases loaded and two outs. Jones scortched a shot to right field, clearing the bases and giving the Cubs the lead. The Cubs never looked back.
Tonight, the Cubs again looked anemic against left handers, letting Eric Milton dominate them for seven innings. For some odd reason Dusty chose to play Neifi Perez rather than red hot Tony Womack. Just stupid. Anyway, the Cubs made the game interesting when Jones hit a two run shot off of Milton to make it a one run ball game. I hope the last two games will be enough to shut those idiots up in right field up. So Jones had a bad month of April and has made some mistakes. Couldn’t you say the same about every **** player on this team? When Jeremy Burnitz took over right, fans treated him well. He made tons of mistakes, wasn’t that great of a hitter, and looked like Popeye. I didn’t think that signing Jones, especially to a long term contract and for more money than he asked for, was a brilliant move. But if you don’t like it, heckle Hendry or throw a ball at his head.
The Cubs finally got rid of one of their dozen or so second basemen, Naperville native Jerry Harriston. Unfortunately, it never worked out here for Jerry, but he was always a class act and tried his hardest. He left some encouraging words for his teammates, "I know these guys are working so hard. I know they’re going to turn it around." Thanks for your effort Jerry, and have fun playing on a contender.
In return the Cubs got Phil Nevin from the Rangers and had Texas pick up most of his salary. Good move if it had been done a little earlier. Trouble with Nevin is that he leaves Texas with a 2-32 slump at the plate. He does have some pop left and has always hit well in Wrigley. He can play first base and allow Walker to move back to second. The question is for how long? Derek Lee had his cast taken off today, and as usual the Cubs were optimistic on their assessment. They feel that Lee will be ready to return in Mid June. No way he’ll be back in the lineup until mid-July.
You know it’s bad when the Cubs are using former left handed pitcher/substitute teacher/sometime announcer Dave Otto to throw BP. This is the best that the Cubs could come up with??!! I swear this organization is getting nuttier by the minute. Not only to they have him pitch BP, but then they have him change to do the radio broadcast for an ailing Ron Santo. Watching this team on an everyday basis is not good for anyone’s health, especially Santo.
Just to recap how horrible May was for the Cubs and their fans, Paul Sullivan of the Trib put together this list of lowlights;
• Pop fly bouncing off Ramirez’s head, leading to the winning run by Atlanta in 11th inning.
• Cubs going 80 consecutive innings without scoring more than one run, third longest in team history behind the 1963 Cubs (90 innings) and 1961 Cubs (86).
• Jacque Jones losing a ball in the sun to spoil Carlos Zambrano’s no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning.
• Barrett jawing with Padres outfielder Dave Roberts after Roberts had stolen third base with two outs.
• Rookies Rich Hill, Angel Guzman and Jae Kuk Ryu joining rookie Sean Marshall in the rotation. Hill, Guzman and Ryu getting knocked around and demoted to Triple-A Iowa.
• Ronny Cedeno throwing a live ball into the dugout after he thought he’d called a timeout.
• Barrett punching Pierzynski in the face after a bang-bang collision, leading to a 10-game suspension that’s under appeal.
• Neifi Perez allowing two runs to score on a sacrifice fly to right when he drops the relay throw and makes a wild throw home.
• Perez bunting back to the pitcher for the final out with two men on in a loss to Washington.
• Ryan Dempster entering May with 26 consecutive saves dating back to Aug. 2, 2005, only to blow three games, including two against Florida and Atlanta in a three-game stretch.
• Cubs falling to last place in National League rankings in batting average, runs, home runs, earned-run average, fewest walks taken, most walks allowed and other categories too numerous to mention.
• Mild-mannered Greg Maddux attacking a water cooler with a bat, going 0-4 in May after winning NL pitcher of the month award in April.
• Mark Prior getting food poisoning … or the flu … or something.
• An eight-game losing streak and a six-game losing streak.
• Jones getting doubled off second base from left field three times in 15 days: May 1 against Pittsburgh at Wrigley; May 3 at Arizona; and May 16 against Washington at Wrigley.
• Former Cubs prospect Ricky Nolasco hitting his first career home run off Marshall, and beating the Cubs for the second time.
• Cubs castoff Mike Remlinger, who injured a pinky finger during a recliner accident in ’05, pumping his left fist and shouting madly after recording the final out of Braves’ comeback win.
• Youth Movement Inc., the Florida Marlins, entering a series with a seven-game losing streak, sweeping and winning the season series 4-2.
• Manager Dusty Baker denying San Francisco Chronicle article claiming he was "mildly annoyed" by not being offered a contract extension yet.
• Cubs becoming only the third team in 33 years to score as few as 12 runs in a 10-game stretch, joining the Montreal Expos, who did it twice in 2004. Overall streak was 13 runs in 11 games.
• Unknown bleacher fan nearly hitting Jones with a baseball on May 16 at Wrigley, only to get off with a slap on the wrist.
• Ramirez homering off San Diego’s Jack Peavy to end a 28-inning scoreless drought, longest by the Cubs since a 36-inning drought in ’92.
• Ryan Theriot, Todd Walker, Neifi Perez, Jerry Hairston, Tony Womack and Freddie Bynum all playing second for at least one inning, as the Cubs cornered the market on second basemen in May.
How far down did you get before you started shaking your head?
At least this god **** month is over.