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7/4 Numbers game

The Reds outscored the Cubs 30-8 in the four-game series, taking three of the four games. Of the 30 runs, 17 came in the seventh inning, and 23 came in the seventh or later.

Here are some other ugly numbers:

* Ted Lilly gave up a career-tying nine runs on a career-high 11 hits. He also gave up a season-high four home runs. He has given up four or more homers three times in his career (also June 11, 2003, vs. Atlanta, and April 8, 2009, at Houston).

* The Cubs served up seven homers Sunday, the most since giving up seven July 10, 2008, to the Reds in Cincinnati. How good were things going for the Reds? Joey Votto was ejected in the first inning after arguing balls and strikes, and his replacement, Paul Janish, goes 4-for-4 with three runs, a homer and three RBIs.

* Derrek Lee finished the homestand 3-for-25 (.120) with one extra base hit.

* Ryan Theriot went 4-for-18 (.222) on the homestand with a double. He now has as many extra base hits (eight) as times he’s grounded into double plays.

* The Cubs now are 1-10 in their last 11 series, and have not won consecutive games since June 16-17 when they took two against Oakland. They have not won two in a row against a National League team since May 16-19. It’s the last week before the All-Star break.

“What do we need? We need to hit, we need to pitch,” Lou Piniella said after Sunday’s game. “For the first seven innings of these games, they’re close and then they open up and sped by us. We need to score some runs.”

The Cubs haven’t quit.

“There’s no give up on this team,” Marlon Byrd said. “We’re just not winning. Once we figure out how to do that we’ll be fine.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/28 Zambrano follow-up

GM Jim Hendry met with the Cubs players a little more than one hour prior to Monday’s game to give them an update on Carlos Zambrano, who will be getting help for his anger issues, starting Wednesday.

“I’m glad it’s over,” Lou Piniella said. “I’m glad Carlos is going to get some professional help and at the same time, I guess we’ll see him sometime after the All-Star break. I’m glad it’s over.”

Zambrano was not expected to rejoin the Cubs until after the break, but his return depends on his progress.

“It’s none of my business,” Randy Wells said. “I think what needed to be handled has been handled and we’ll move on from it.”

Said Ryan Theriot: “It’s a rough thing I think for both sides. Hopefully when he comes back it’ll be much better.”

— Carrie Muskat


6/20 Extra bases

Some highlights from Sunday’s 12-1 win over the Angels:

* Carlos Zambrano threw a season-high seven innings. He picked up his first win at Wrigley since July 12, 2009. He also had two hits and one RBI. He now has 61 career RBIs, second among active pitchers behind Livan Hernandez (74). He has hit safely in his last three starts.

* Jeff Baker had two hits and was batting .367 in his last 10 games.

* Derrek Lee had a season-high four RBIs. … Andrew Cashner has yet to allow a run to score in seven appearances. … Alfonso Soriano had his first multi-hit game since May 23, a span of 20 games. …Ryan Theriot’s infield hit in the second ended an 0-for-12 skid. … The 18 hits by the Cubs matched a season high.

— Carrie Muskat

6/18 More on the leadoff man

The Cubs had a new leadoff man Friday as Lou Piniella inserted rookie Tyler Colvin into the top spot in the order against Angels lefty Scott Kazmir. Colvin replaces Ryan Theriot, who has led off against lefties this year. But Theriot is averaging 3.56 pitches per plate appearance, has a .312 on-base percentage, and is batting .247 against left-handers. Colvin’s PPA isn’t much better — 3.71 — and he’s hitting .250 against lefties but so far this season. southpaw hitters are batting .420 off Kazmir.

“Left-handers have hit Kazmir here early in the year,” Lou Piniella said. “I’ve been using Colvin to pinch-hit against left-handers anyway. Get him out there and let him play.”

The only other option for the leadoff man, Piniella said, is rookie shortstop Starlin Castro but he’s batting .196 in June after hitting .310 in May.

“The amazing thing about Castro is when you look at his batting average, there’s a 100-point difference when he hits in the bottom of the lineup as opposed to the top,” said Piniella of Castro, who is batting .238 in the No. 2 spot and .308 in the eighth spot. “Could I hit him second? Yes. [Jeff] Baker’s been swinging really good against lefties and we get his bat at the top of the lineup. If we had to hit castro up there, we could.”

Being at the bottom of the order may help Theriot, too.

“Let him see some pitches,” Piniella said. “Sometimes it helps you relax a little bit, too.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/18 Leadoff man

One of the reasons Tyler Colvin is leading off is because left-handers have had success against Angels starter Scott Kazmir. Lefties are hitting .420 off Kazmir compared to .225 by right-handed hitters.

“I’ve been using Colvin to pinch-hit against left-handers anyway,” Lou Piniella said. “Get him out there and let him play.”

One of the other reasons is that Ryan Theriot is not exactly been a typical leadoff man. He’s seeing about three pitches per plate appearance and has a .312 on-base percentage.

“Let him see some pitches,” Piniella said of Theriot. “Sometimes it helps you relax a little bit, too.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/18 Lineup & new leadoff man

Tyler Colvin is starting in right field and batting first for the Cubs Friday in Game 1 against the Angels. Here’s the lineup:

RF Colvin

3B Baker

CF Byrd

1B Lee

C Soto

LF Soriano

SS Castro

2B Theriot

P Silva

— Carrie Muskat

6/17 Positive vibe

There was a positive vibe before Thursday’s game and definitely after Kosuke Fukudome delivered a game-winning RBI single.

“Guys are chomping at the bit to get victories and encouraging each other,” Ryan Theriot said. “It’s such a long season. You have so many at-bats, so many games and so many starts and you’re going to have ups and downs and peaks and valleys. If you stay consistent with your mental approach, it’ll even out.”

Thursday was the 25th Cubs game decided by one run, and the team now is 10-15. They won their first series since May 25-27 against the Dodgers, and have won back to back games for the first time since May 22-25.

“Nothing’s been easy,” Xavier Nady said. “Our work has been cut out for us. You can pinpoint it on offensive production. Hopefully we can make it less stressful and have big innings and bigger hits. There have been a lot of close games.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/8 Game recap

This one is going to sting a little bit. The problem, Lou Piniella said, was Carlos Marmol hitting Rickie Weeks to start the Brewers ninth. Marmol got Carlos Gomez to pop up but Weeks stole second, and the Cubs opted to intentionally walk Prince Fielder. Ryan Braun grounded out and Casey McGehee drove a 3-2 pitch up the middle to give Milwaukee its second win over Chicago in seven meetings this year. Final score, Brewers 3, Cubs 2.

“It’s the first hitter,” Piniella said. “That’s the inning. [Marmol] hits a guy and steals second and that causes a problem.”

“I was struggling a little to throw the slider for strikes,” Marmol said. “Then I hit Rickie Weeks. Then I walk the guy. McGehee, he hit that slider. It was a good pitch.”

“It was just well placed,” Koyie Hill said of McGehee’s game-winner. “It’s a game of inches. You’re just a tick outside of [second baseman Ryan] Theriot’s glove, he knocks it down, tie game and you go into extras.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/6 Walk this way

The Cubs have tried to stress to Ryan Theriot the need to be more patient at the plate and take more walks. Lou Piniella has even joked that he’s going to take away the infielder’s car keys. But after Saturday’s game, Theriot said looking for walks is a “defensive” approach and doesn’t like it.

“It’s a defensive approach if you hit a lot of doubles and drive in a lot of runs,” Piniella said Sunday. “His job is to table set. He’s not hitting three, four, five in the lineup. His job is basically more of table setting than a table cleaning.”

Theriot’s on-base percentage has dipped each month, from .370 in April to .257 in May to .111 in June.

“You can make a lot of money with a high on-base percentage and scoring a lot of runs,” Piniella said. “That’s what teams are looking for. When they look for a player, the first thing they look at is what’s his role on the team? What’s his on-base percentage? How many runs does he score? Does he steal bases? Can he move the guy over, can he bunt? Those things make you money.”

A perfect example, Piniella said, is San Diego’s second baseman David Eckstein. His on-base percentage in April was .314, then .359 in May and .368 so far in June.

“I don’t look at it as a defensive thing,” Piniella said. “It’s putting a base runner on base. It’s making the pitcher throw more pitches. It’s giving your team on the bench an insight into the pitcher. What is he getting over? What is he not getting over? I think a walk is for your [Nos.] 1-2 hitters, [Nos.] 7-8 hitters. It turns the lineup over. It gets people on base.

“If that’s the way [Theriot] is looking at it, he’s looking at it the wrong way.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/6 Lineup vs Astros

Tyler Colvin is back in the lineup for a second day and this time Alfonso Soriano will sit. Plus, Koyie Hill will start for the second straight game. Ryan Theriot is sitting and Mike Fontenot gets the start vs. RHP Brett Myers. Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome

LF Colvin

1B Lee

CF Byrd

3B Ramirez

2B Fontenot

SS Castro

C Hill

P Wells

— Carrie Muskat