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Friday, May 06, 2005

Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

A day after getting swept out of Milwaukee, the Cubs blew it again, this time against Philadelphia in Wrigley. The Cubs led 2-1 going into the ninth on the strength of a Derrek Lee 2-run HR in the 8th. Mark Prior went 8 strong IP, giving up only 1 ER, and striking out 10. Chicago has dropped six straight, to fall to 12-16 on the season.
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Flat out, can we just demote LaTroy Hawkins to AAA-Iowa? Or maybe A-Daytona would be more appropriate. He currently has a 1-3 record, and has blown 3 saves this season. I've just about run out of patience with this guy. Here's what happened in the top of the 9th with the bases loaded: "Pinch-hitter Placido Polanco then hit a comebacker to Hawkins, who fielded the ball and turned to throw to Lee. The throw hit Offerman in the helmet and ricocheted into the stands. Two runs scored on the error, and the Phillies took a 3-2 lead." And they won...blown save. I don't care if Hawkins thinks that the "baseball gods" are testing the Cubs right now, they just need to play better. They got a great effort from Prior, Lee was clutch again, and they still couldn't win the damn game. What more is it going to take???

Tomorrow: 1:20 PM. Lieber vs. Rusch.

Milwaukee is behind 3-6 to the Mets at home, with a SEVEN game WIN streak on the line. Currently: 7th inning. Brew Crew Brew!

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