8/23 Nationals 5, Cubs 4, 13 innings

Thursday’s game

Donnie Murphy hit a two-run homer in the ninth but the Cubs came up short in a 5-4, 13-inning loss to the Nationals on Thursday at Wrigley Field. The start of the game was delayed by two hours because of rain. Travis Wood gave up four runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. After walking Bryce Harper in the second, Wood retired 14 of the next 15 batters he faced. On the plus side, Brian Bogusevic had three hits, including a home run. Murphy tied the game with his homer in the ninth. He’s the first Cubs player since 1921 to hit eight home runs in his first 16 games with the team. The Cubs are 3-16 in their last 19 home games, and 6-18 in their last 24 games overall.

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Another example of seeing a roster teeming with hitless wonders. Look at yesterday`s box score. When are we going to find players who know what it means to get base hits and actually go out and do so? It is not complicated.

One step closer to a better draft pick…. yeah!

Totally agree with jhosk. Have seen several versions of Wrigley Wavier Wire Wonders. When will tickets prices reflect the less than Big League product that they put on the field?

We’ve lost 16 of last 19 home games. Beyond pathetic!

So what? We all new this was coming. We are not being lied to or mislead or given the same old lines used by past regimes….we should be celebrating the ENTIRELY NEW philosophy of getting better THROUGHOUT THE ORGANIZATION (players that is, not managers & coaches etc.) instead of relying on the dumb luck of catching lightening in a bottle used in the past. THIS IS ALL GOOD STUFF HAPPENING…EVEN THE LOSING. Better draft picks, better minor league, better trading chips….eventually a BETTER ML ROSTER. I believe next year the Cubs will start adding some premium FA’s knowing they CAN’T supply all 8 positions via the minor leagues. Next year we could see Choo or Ellsbury in our outfield for example…(HUGE upgrades from Dejesus, Soriano, Hariston…) getting ready for the kids in 2015. Now that we are CLOSER we will see better players, bigger money spent than the usual 1-2 year journeymen type floaters like we’ve had the past few years.

This coming from the guy who thought this team was good in spring training

LMAO, everyone knew what this season was going to be like. Only 6 months more to go until Spring Training. The Cubs are improving BIG, its just not seen at the Major League level yet.
The questions now will be answered in NOV. What FA’s will the Cubs sign, to trade off next July? Who is left on the Major League roster that can be traded for value?
Then next June, who will the Cubs get with their # 3 or 4 first Round Draft Pick?
Spring Training will be a blast with all the youngsters, Baez, Almora, Soler, Bryant, Villanueva, Olt, Vizcaino, Loux, Cabrera, Hendricks, Matt Szczur, Alcantrera, Johnson,
It will be fun, no doubt.

Jasper, you think the same approach for next season? Sign FA’s then turn around and trade them? I think next season there is a better chance of signing FA’s that stick around for 3-5 years like Choo and or Ellsbury. Am I dreaming????

I don’t think Ur dreaming… we got two spots to fill in the outfield…. ellsbury should happen 5 or 6 years at 15 mill a year and we are set at cf leadoff for the foreseeable future

The winter meetings should be great! I think they should look to package olt vogelbach alcantara and other second tier depth for some pieces to the mlb lineup to win some games….. above 500 next year should be a requirement

You could be right joey and probably are.
Myself, if I were Epstein & Hoyer, I would not do it yet, unless of course they do plan to trade them. The average fan does not keep up with the Minors or players down there.
When Epstein took over, he stated he wanted to build from the bottom up, for sustained success. I believe he is doing that, and it will already start to pay off next July forward, without huge FA names being signed.
I am not foolish enough to think everyone in the Minors will make the Majors, but I assure you, every trade, Draft pick, International signing, everyone is doing their home work, not only for talent, but quality hard working inividuals.
I love what the Front Office, Scouting DEPT and IT DEPT are doing. Class Acts, but the fans are too impatient to see it..

Cubs just got Neil Ramirez as the PYBNL in the Garza deal. Very nice :)

The Fish, the Jiggs and Petrey. Tinkle to Beavers to Prance. Hallucinations never leave their spheres of influence. Might as well bring up the AAA club to finish the season. Tiresome.

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