6/4 Lou: "I'm talked out"
Expect to see Tyler Colvin and Koyie Hill in the lineup Saturday vs. the Astros. With Friday’s 3-1 loss to Houston, the Cubs now have been limited to one or two runs in six of their last seven games, including each of the last four. They’re 3-23 when scoring three runs or less.
“I don’t think I want to talk about our offense any more — I’m talked out,” Lou Piniella said after the game. “We’ll let them go out there and see what they can do.”
Colvin is hitless in his last four games, but he did bat .333 in May with two homers and six RBIs.
“I’ve been patient enough watching,” Piniella said. “I’m going to let the kid [Colvin] play and see what he can do. We’ll have him in the lineup.”
Friday’s tweaks included inserting Marlon Byrd into the leadoff spot for the second time this season and he had two hits, including a RBI double in the fifth.
“I can hit anywhere,” Byrd said. “I go out there and try to play my game. I try to get hits, get on base, create havoc any way I can.”
Hill may be batting .224 but he’s a better arm behind the plate. The Cubs aren’t scoring and have to figure out a way to stop the other team on the bases. The Astros stole two on Friday.
“I know these guys are trying,” Piniella said of his team, which dropped its fourth in a row for the third time. “I know they’re trying. We see the same thing every day, day in and day out.”
– Carrie Muskat