4/21 Brewers 4, Cubs 2

The errors and the losses keep adding up for the Cubs, and may lead to some changes on the roster. Ryan Braun smacked a three-run home run to lift the Brewers to a 4-2 victory Sunday and complete a sweep over the mistake-prone Cubs, who committed two more miscues.

“You out-hit a team every day and you lose,” Dale Sveum said. “It doesn’t happen very often.”

The Cubs did just that, out-hitting the Brewers, 22-16, in the series, including a two-run homer by Anthony Rizzo in the third to back Scott Feldman. But Feldman also made a critical error, which led to Braun’s home run. The Cubs rank second in the Major Leagues with 17 errors, trailing the Nationals, who have committed 18.

“We keep shooting ourselves in the foot and that’s something we can’t do — I don’t think we’re good enough to be doing that,” Rizzo said of the poor defensive play. “We need to play good baseball. That’s the game of baseball, though — guys are going to make errors, and it’s not going to be the last error we make today, we’re going to make plenty more but we’re going to make plenty more good plays, too.”

In the Milwaukee fifth, Yuniesky Betancourt doubled off David DeJesus’ glove as he tried to make a leaping catch at the center-field wall. Two outs later, Jean Segura hit a comebacker to Feldman, who couldn’t get his glove on the ball for an error. Braun then followed with his home run.

“This is one of those games that falls squarely on me,” Feldman said. “If I make that play [on Segura], we’re up 2-1, and my pitch count is down. It’s just a shame I didn’t make the play. … It’s like a Little League play.”

Unfortunately, it’s not the first time the Cubs have made an error that led to a run and a loss. The Cubs were 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position, charged with six errors in the series, and now have given up 14 unearned runs over 17 games.

“Going into a season, I don’t care if you’re the best team in baseball, you’re going to have a week to 10 days that you play [sloppy] baseball,” Sveum said. “That’s a given going in. Obviously, good teams have really good streaks and long streaks. Hopefully, we’re getting this out of our system. We know this team is a lot better than we’ve played.”

The mistakes have forced Cubs starters to work even harder, dealing with the extra outs. Chicago starters have ranked among the top in the National League this season, and their combined ERA actually dropped to 3.13 after Feldman’s outing. He has failed to post a quality start in his three outings.

Before the game, Sveum said the Cubs would look for other options if play didn’t improve. It would seem that players like Castro and Rizzo were set, but Sveum didn’t exclude them.

“You have to perform,” Sveum said. “The bottom line is you have to perform.”

“You can’t think about that,” Rizzo said about the possibility of being sent down. “Everyone in here is in the big leagues and everyone wants to be in the big leagues, no one wants to go to the Minor Leagues. Whatever happens, happens.

“This team is going to have a lot more transactions throughout the year,” Rizzo said. “Guys are going to come and go, that’s part of the game. You can’t worry about getting sent down — I’ve done it before and it never works out when you think about that. You just have to go out and play.”

Castro, whose error in the fifth Saturday led to two Brewers runs, did talk to Sveum in Chicago.

“I feel bad,” Castro said of his mistakes. “Those errors make the team lose. That’s why the team is losing now because of the errors. We have to keep it together, work hard and it’s going to be all right.

“The talent is here,” Castro said. “The only thing is the whole team is trying to do too much because everybody feels bad about the way the team is playing now. That’s why everybody is trying to do too much.”

Players aren’t hiding from the mistakes.

“It’s frustrating,” Rizzo said, “but everyone is competitive and that’s why I think it’s so frustrating. We’re young and we want to win and we’re hungry to win and we just have to keep fighting and keep believing in ourselves and each other and keep the line moving when we’re at the plate and don’t try to hit a five-run home run when you just have to get the next guy up.”

— Carrie Muskat


I am so full of chocolate today – nothing healthy being eaten tonight! Am getting laryngitis from singing the “kitty song”, my cat is avoiding me because I was squeezing her so hard during the game, hands are wrung dry, nerves are shot! The Cubbies have got to stop doing this to me! Too old to handle all of this angst!

Castro seems the perfect candidate to hide in LF….too bad it’s occupied by the other perfect candidate already hiding in LF. Only so many leftfielders allowed per team I guess… At least Rizzo is getting some runs batted in with his few hits, not much to hang our hat on but it’s about the only run production we have. Soriano certainly isn’t ready to contribute yet, still too early in the season for him to be a run producer, getting his average up there but he is awol as our clean up hitter, can’t argue THAT.
At this point, we should not be emotionally attached to ANY PLAYER, Castro, Rizzo and even Barney included.

Can’t argue with any of it, Joey. The defense has to stop making so many errors – unbelievable so far. The offense has to start getting enough runs to offset the errors! I think Soriano will heat up soon and I sure hope Barney will start getting his hits. No one is immune at this point. I am still a Cubbie believer but come on guys — get this season going on the right track! Eamus Catuli

soriano heat up???? He’s hitting .284…its not like he’s in a slump… its hard to get RBIs when no one is on in front of him… he’s only batted 16 times with RISP… 16!!!!! That’s really low… rizzo has been worse with RISP… Barney can’t hit his way out of a wet paper bag. The whole offense is terrible. Im not worried about the fielding YET. As the weather warms up everyone should get going.

Thanks White! And I am sure, YOU being an evolved human saw the LEVITY in my comment regarding Castro in LF. THAT’s what makes this so much fun…still gets to him every time. How’s that nice kitty doing lately???? ughh…..

Nothing like an 0-6 night from our clean up hitter to maintain that “sizzliling” ba, right Wite?? Ha!
Now…where’s that darn kitty at…oh…under the bus with Sandberg.

Castro is LF? Terrible idea… seriously… WHY NOT SIGN ZAMBRANO and stick him at first if you wanna pull dumb ideas out of a hat. The kid is 23… relax

Zambrano is available …

that was my point

This season is still very early. Things will improve but at this rate we will lose 114 games. OMG!!!!! We could use another one-sided trade with the Phillies!!

more transactions coming means more losers. bad signings like hairston coming from career yr.that away boys. shouldnt compare them selves with littleleagers that would give the little guys a bad name.

You know, at first I was somewhat pleased with the Hairston signing because he showed he had some pop in his bat but if he’s going to ride the bench I would have to agree with you Gil, it may not have been a wise payroll move to spend that kind of money on a player that had a career year and now he is getting limited playing time. Schierholtz or Hairston…one or the other is fine to GET BY but BOTH on the same payroll doesn’t seem to make sense. This entire roster but for a few starting pitchers could be either cut, traded or sent down to AAA and I don’t think us fans would blink.

Any thoughts on moving castro to third base before next season, he has just too many errors to play short and i dont see him improving enough to justify staying there…..

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bring back stew now they need another loser

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