8/29 Cubs' 4-2 trip not good enough

There’s something you should know about new Cubs manager Mike Quade. He’s a little greedy. A 4-2 road trip wasn’t good enough, even though it was the team’s best of the season.

“We’ve gotten some big hits on this road trip and needed a couple more,” Quade said after Sunday’s 7-5 loss to the Reds. “The kids played and it was a good road trip, today not withstanding, because I am a greedy guy.”

Kosuke Fukudome hit a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth but also made an error in the Reds’ eighth that led to Cincinnati’s victory over the Cubs. It was the Reds’ 37th come from behind win, and they closed the season series against the Cubs at 12-4.

Quade will put on the home whites for his first game at Wrigley Field Monday night as the Cubs manager. He’ll have the tough assignment of beating the Pirates (the Cubs are 3-9 so far) and finding enough tickets for family and friends.

“I look forward to every day,” Quade said, “but [Monday] will be something special. Opening Day, when I first got the job with Lou [Piniella] was special.”

That was in 2007 and Quade was the third base coach. Now, he leads the team home after its first winning road trip since July 5-11 against Arizona and Los Angeles. Quade has brought some energy to the Cubs, although it could simply be because he moves in fast-forward.

“We’ve taken it upon ourselves [to finish strong],” Cubs rookie reliever James Russell said. “We would’ve liked to have done it for Lou and it just didn’t work out.”

– Carrie Muskat

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