Game Recap: Padres 9, Cubs 5 -- Resigned to Medocrity
Hey -- remember that guy, Kevin Correia? Remember how I said that he'd be the Cubs best hope of victory, because he's a middling starter at best?
Six innings pitched, 5 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, 0 runs. Ouch.
Meanwhile, Tom Gorzelanny -- one of the more reliable pitchers on the Cubs -- reliably surrendered 9 hits and 3 walks in 6.1 innings of work while allowing 5 earned runs, with most of the damage coming in the 7th.
And that's when things got interesting.
In the bottom of the 7th, trailing 5-0, the Cubs offense, er, "exploded" for 2 runs thanks to a Fukudome double. Padres 5, Cubs 2. Could a comeback be of order?
Nope. The Padres scored two more runs in the top of the 8th, extending their lead to 7-2. But wait! The Cubs weren't done!
In the bottom of the 8th, Soriano doubled and DeWitt homered, giving the Cubs another 3 runs and 5 runs on the day. Could a comeback be of order?
I sound like a broken record, but nope. The Padres scored 2 more runs in the 9th, as they succeeded in making the Cubs bullpen their bitches in the late innings. Final score 9-5. Not so shocking.
If you are reading vitriol in my post, look again -- it's hard to get angry about a 90+ loss team losing to a team that's possibly headed to the post season. At this point, I feel more resigned to mediocrity than anything else.
But hey, kids! More baseball tonight! Woo-hoo!