5/22 It’s a bird, it’s a plane …
The Cubs lost their eighth in a row Tuesday night, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Astros. They had a chance in the eighth. Reed Johnson singled with one out and was lifted for pinch-runner Tony Campana, who reached third on an errant throw by Wilton Lopez. Campana did a Superman-style dive over third baseman Matt Downs and sailed past the bag but was able to scamper back in time. However, the acrobatics were wasted as Lopez struck out both Starlin Castro and Alfonso Soriano.
“With Campana there, it was huge,” Dale Sveum said. “Anything put in play, he would score on it. [Soriano] hit a solo shot but we can’t seem to get that three-run shot.”
Give Campana credit for hustling.
“That’s unbelievable, man,” Soriano said. “That dive he made — I thought we had an opportunity to tie the game but we came up short.”
What was Sveum thinking when Campana was halfway between second and third?
“[I was thinking] ‘Uh oh,'” Sveum said. “You’ve got to be able to use that speed and test it. I would’ve had no problem if he was thrown out because he was being aggressive and he was in the game for that reason.”
— Carrie Muskat