7/13 Braves 10, Cubs 7

* Arismendy Alcantara went 2-for-5, hitting his first big league home run in the sixth. He’s hit safely in four straight games and was batting .391 (9-for-23) with six runs, three doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBIs in five games since making his big league debut.

* After posting a .147 average in May and a .232 mark in June, Chris Coghlan was batting .435 (20-for-46) with eight doubles, three homers, and 12 RBIs in 13 July games.

* Travis Wood took the loss, giving up seven runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four over six innings. It’s the most runs Wood has allowed at Wrigley Field since giving up eight in five innings on July 27, 2012, vs. the Cardinals. Wood issued lead-off walks in three straight innings.

* The Cubs have given up 10 or more runs in back-to-back home games for the first time since May 12 (13 vs. MIL) and May 21 (12 vs. PIT) in 2002.

* The Cubs have lost back-to-back games despite scoring six or more runs for the first time since losing four-straight from Aug. 27-30, 2006.

9 Comments

Not a good first half !

Aloha CubsTalk- I know this has been a very hard season, after 94 games only 40 wins. Question is out of the next 68 games can they win 23 or more, meaning they still lose 45 games? I am hoping for a season that does not end in 100 loses, now for those that want less than a 90 loses for the season that means they have to win at least 33 out of these next 68 games. In the end, there is always next year as they say. Neat to see Alcantara doing well. Wonder if he will be sent back down now, or if he stays up? Mahalo!

How can they send Alcantara back down? It seems to me that performance should count for something.

Aloha Cubs Win, I agree I am just wondering what will happen here in the next few weeks, meaning are some more current players moved so that newer folks like Alcantara can stay up? Just a rhetorical question in some respects but I was thinking about this “out-loud.” Hope you are doing well. Mahalo!

K.G. – I wasn’t really arguing with you as thinking out loud myself. It would seem to me that it doesn’t make sense to send him back down. I know things like showcasing players and service clocks are considerations, but at some point if a core player has proven himself I think they need to just go with it.

Aloha Cubs Win- no worries, I am with you out thinking out loud and glad we can do it civilly! I am sure at some point the FO has to also understand with the attendance drop over the past 5 years, the rebuilding which really started in the Fall of 2011 when Theo and Company came in, has to be taxing on the fans. I can understand many die-hards and newer fans not wanting to go to the park right now, it does not mean that they are not fans. So, as you mentioned, the showcasing of players is a strategy especially when you just traded a fan favorite and another pitcher (albeit only for the year if not renewed) who were both doing well, even though on a losing team. My hope and prayer is that the culture in the clubhouse and with the immediate management is a good-healthy environment, one in which these young folks coming up as well as veterans that are picked up can thrive in and flourish. Will see what happens in the upcoming weeks if there are any more surprises! Mahalo!

I tried to send this the other day, but it didn’t get through. I hope it is not inappropriate, but rather, just an observation from a curious fan. Here goes: When the Messmers sing the national anthem at Wrigley, they obviously have magnificent voices. But doesn’t their harmony seem to be about half a note off key? Does anyone else notice this? And finally, if this is the sort of thing we shouldn’t be talking about on a baseball blog, just tell me. I’m new at this. Regards from World Cup land.

Carrie dumped it…..I saw it……….if you did not know Bruce, Mr Messmer was shot in the throat one night in Chicago some years ago. His voice was never the same.

Dear Cubs Talk, Thank you for that. Sincerely sorry for the gaffe. Let’s have a better second half, perhaps try to avoid 100 losses and see some more of the young propects. Regards to all.

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