Sunday, May 27, 2007

Lou tries to throw game away

It's 1-1 in the tenth right now at Chavez Ravine, but it should be game over.

Rich Hill was lifted after throwing just 66 pitches through 6 innings. That was the right move; he had to be lifted for Daryle Ward when we had a chance to score.

Michael Wuertz tossed a scoreless seventh and Lou played the top of the eighth perfectly, when he lifted Pagan for Ramirez with the bases loaded and two outs. Ramirez nearly blew the game open but missed a grand slam by a few feet.

Then, Lou Piniella had an aneurysm. I was screaming at my television as soon as Lou started walking out to the mound when Grady Little sent the left-handed Andre Ethier to the plate. I knew what Lou was thinking and in most cases I would've agreed. I'm always the one that wants to play the lefty-righty matchups, but Scott Eyre has been nothing but trouble.

Sure enough, Ethier tied the game on a 0-2 slider and now the Cubs will have to score again off of the Dodger bullpen if they want to win.

Then, Lou continued to try to give the game away. After Izturis led off the ninth with a walk, Piniella chose to burn his final pinch hitter, Cliff Floyd, instead of using Marquis to bunt. Floyd struck out weakly and Soriano, of course, hit into the inning-ending double play.

There's no room for Eyre on this team. Let him figure out his shit in Iowa and get a pitcher up here that can actually pitch.

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