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7/2 Lou: "This was ugly"

The Cubs and Reds were playing a good game until the seventh inning on Friday.

“These type of games aren’t any fun,” Koyie Hill said. “It’s frustrating and the way the season’s been going, it’s easy for us to hang our heads and pout but a little adversity never hurt anybody. You can test a guy’s character a little bit, a team’s character but I feel we have a strong group in here, a strong bunch of hearts. I think guys will come in tomorrow with their heads high and confident, and in the long run when it turns around, we’ll feel good about battling through this.”

The Cubs mustered two hits in a 12-0 loss to the Reds and fell to a season-low 12-games under .500.

“The feeling of having to play close to perfect can make a team tight but it’s the style we’re having to play right now,” Hill said. “We have to continue to come here and practice good habits and hopefully it’ll come through for us on the field.”

Ryan Dempster held the Reds to two hits over six scoreless innings. In the seventh, the Reds scored nine runs on three hits, taking advantage of an error by Mike Fontenot.

“I could never have expected that, especially with Dempster on the mound and myself up,” Cincinnati’s Bronson Arroyo said. “I thought maybe we’d put a couple of more on the board but I didn’t think it was going to explode like that.”

This was the third time this season the Cubs have lost by a 12-run margin.

“The bottom line is we’re not getting it done,” Hill said. “It’s one thing to say it, one thing to do it.”

There’s only one way to turn this around and that’s to get the job done on the field.

“What else can you do?” Lou Piniella said. “The other teams don’t care if we’re struggling or not. They’re going to come here and try to beat you every day. We have a bunch of young pitchers in the bullpen and sometimes they throw strikes and sometimes they don’t. Today was one day they didn’t. For the most part, our pitching has been good.”

The problem wasn’t really the pitching or Fontenot’s error.

“The other thing is two hits today,” Piniella said. “Two hits. You’re not going to win too many games with two hits.”

The Cubs may look flat but Piniella said lack of effort is not the problem.

“When you don’t do much, you look flat,” Piniella said. “I don’t see that. What I see is basically lack of hitting. When you don’t have many baserunners, you don’t get any hitting, how are you going to look sprite? We’re not the quickest team in the world anyway. I know it’s ugly at times but believe me, I don’t see the lack of effort. It might seem that way but that’s not the case.”

Saturday’s game will be No. 81, which marks the halfway point of the season.

“Let me tell you this, if we continue to put two hits, three hits, four hits on the board, how are you going to win baseball games?” Piniella said. “I don’t have an answer for that one. You’ve got to score runs. Look, we lost 12-nothing and it was really ugly. If it had been 2-nothing, or 3-nothing — but it’s still nothing.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/2 LIneup Friday

Mike Fontenot is starting at second base Friday for the Cubs as they try to load up on lefties against the Reds’ Bronson Arroyo. He’s the third different second baseman in the last five games. Here’s the lineup:

LF Colvin

2B Fontenot

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Byrd

RF Fukudome

SS Castro

C Hill

P Dempster

– Carrie Muskat

6/30 Lineup Wed vs. Pirates

Mike Fontenot is starting at second base Wednesday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Pirates and Koyie Hill is behind the plate for a second day. Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome

2B Fontenot

CF Byrd

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

LF Soriano

C Hill

SS Castro

P Gorzelanny

– Carrie Muskat

6/19 Lineup

The Cubs’ lineup Saturday is loaded with lefties against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver:

RF Fukudome

LF Colvin

CF Byrd

1B Lee

3B Tracy

2B Fontenot

C Hill

SS Castro

P Lilly

– Carrie Muskat

6/8 Lineup & Ramirez

Aramis Ramirez sat for the second straight day, partly to give his left thumb time to heal and partly because he’s batting .125 on the road. Lou Piniella said they want to make sure Ramirez is OK and want to explore some options.

Here’s the lineup:

2B Theriot

RF Fukudome

1B Lee

LF Colvin

CF Byrd

3B Fontenot

C Hill

P Lilly

– Carrie Muskat

5/30 Change is in the air

Lou Piniella hinted after Sunday’s game that he’s going to make some changes to the lineup. That could mean Mike Fontenot (.337) and Tyler Colvin (.310) start Monday in Pittsburgh. Fontenot was 5-for-7 on the homestand with two RBIs and three triples, while Colvin was 2-for-7 with a home run, a double and two RBIs.

The team hasn’t come through with big hits. On Saturday in a 7-1 win over the Cardinals, the Cubs were 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position. In the three games prior to that and Sunday, the Cubs are 5-for-33 with RISP.

– Carrie Muskat

5/29 All-Star shortstop

If you’ve got an All-Star ballot, you might want to write Starlin Castro’s name in there. When the ballots were released, Ryan Theriot was listed as the Cubs shortstop and Mike Fontenot was the second baseman. Now, Theriot is starting at second, Fontenot was subbing at third, and Castro is at short. The last Cubs shortstop to make the All-Star team was Shawon Dunston in 1990.

“He does a nice job at shortstop, he makes the play in the hole,” Lou Piniella said of Castro. “We’ve been pleased with him. Just let him play. He works with Alan Trammell every day at the shortstop position. I write his name every day in the lineup and we let the young man play and gain experience. He’s a good looking young player.”

Is he an All-Star? That’s up to the fans.

– Carrie Muskat

5/27 Baker examined for eye problems

Jeff Baker was pulled from Thursday’s game because he lost vision in his right eye. He was taken to the team’s eye specialist to be examined. Baker didn’t react when the Dodgers’ Russell Martin lined a single past him to lead off the eighth. Lou Piniella went onto the field to talk to the infielder and then replaced him with Mike Fontenot.

“Baker had vision problems and couldn’t see out of his right eye,” Piniella said. “It was a little scary.”

Baker was examined by Dr. Jon Rosin, the team opthamalogist. The team expected to know more on Friday.

“We had to get him out of there,” Piniella said of Baker.

Fontenot led off the Chicago eighth with a triple and scored the game-winning run on Tyler Colvin’s double in the Cubs’ 1-0 victory.

– Carrie Muskat

5/23 X-rays of Ramirez thumb negative

X-ray of Aramis Ramirez’s left hand were negative but the Cubs third baseman will be sitting for the next few days to give him time to heal and also time to work on his hitting.

Ramirez, who is batting .160, did not play Sunday. He has a bruise and mild sprain of his left thumb. The problem is at the base of the thumb.

“We’re going to give him a little time off,” Lou Piniella said after Sunday’s game. “He’s struggled at home plate. We need to give him some time. Sometimes time heals wounds. You work and you work and sometimes it’s better to get away from it totally and just relax.”

However, Ramirez’s thumb is not bad enough to prompt the Cubs to put him on the DL.

“According to what the trainer has told me numerous times, it’s just a bone bruise,” Piniella said.

Expect to see Jeff Baker and Mike Fontenot at third base.

“I would think a few days will do [Ramirez] good,” Piniella said.

– Carrie Muskat

5/16 Cubs lineup & Theriot

Ryan Theriot was not in Sunday’s starting lineup because of a sore left elbow. Theriot was hit by a pitch on Saturday and it became more swollen overnight. Mike Fontenot started at second base on Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale vs. the Pirates and Starlin Castro moved into the second spot in the order.

Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome

SS Castro

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

C Soto

P Lilly

– Carrie Muskat

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