6/30 Cubs' Hill: "We believe"
Despite Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to the Pirates, which dropped the Cubs to 10-games below .500, the players remained optimistic.
“There’s always time,” pitcher Tom Gorzelanny said. “There’s definitely a lot of baseball to be played. We need to get going, we need to win some games here. There’s definitely a lot of baseball to be played and there’s a lot of crazy things that have happened before and there’s no reason for us to panic or worry or believe that we could be some miracle team because we’re a good team and we can put what’s been going on behind us.”
Said Koyie Hill: “We believe in each other, big time.”
Said Alfonso Soriano: “There’s a lot of games left — there’s three months. I know the first three months have not been very good for us. I believe in this team because there’s a lot of great players and a lot of great teammates, also.”
The reality is, the Cubs haven’t won consecutive games since June 16-17 vs. Oakland. They’re now 1-9 in the last 10 series. They’ve now played 43 games decided by two or fewer runs and are 16-27 in those games. In the last 11 games, they’ve scored three or fewer runs, including one run or less in six of those games.
“It’s not like we’re not giving an effort or we’re playing dumb baseball,” Hill said. “I could see if we were taking crazy swings and everybody was up there trying to hit a homer but that’s not the case.”
— Carrie Muskat