The online dictionary defines a catcher as "a person that catches". Obviously, Michael Barrett hasn't read that definition of a catcher.
In the 13th inning of Tuesday's game Jose Vidro gave the Cubs every oppotunity to tag him out at the plate before scoring the go-ahead run. Despite hesitating around third base, Vidro tried to score and missed the plate on his first try. Michael Barrett couldn't handle Jones' four-hopper to the plate though.
The Cubs have now lost five extra inning home games this year, and their sixth extra inning loss overall, which leads all of baseball. Why we were in extra to begin with?
Well, take your pick:
* Rich Hill balks in the first Mariner run.
* Washburn, an American League pitcher, drives in a run.
* Cubs waste a bases loaded / 0 outs situation in the 8th...for the second time in four days.
I've got to imagine that Michael Wuertz was unavailable. It would explain why Ohman was left out there so long and why Gallagher replaced him. It would also explain why Eyre was warming up in the bottom of the 13th.
The most surprising thing after all of this. We're just 5 1/2 games out of first place. It's a sad National League central...