A Comedy of Errors

Thank goodness for the Blackhawks.

Well then. In the spirit of optimism, I will balance the bad with the good from last night’s Comedy of Errors.

  1. Bad: Castro makes an error in the top of the second inning.
    Good: Darwin Ryno Barney homers in the bottom of the first to give the Cubs a lead.

  2. Bad: Castro makes a second error in the top of the second inning, leading to the first Rockie run.
    Good: Garza pitching 6 innings: 1 ER, 3 H, 0 HR, 1 BB, 7 K

  3. Bad: Castro makes his third error in the top of the second inning, allowing two more runs to score.
    Good: With men on base in the first inning, Carlos Pena did not strike out… he walked… (I’ll do optimism, but I can’t promise to leave out the sarcasm)

  4. Bad: With the bases loaded in the third and two out, Garza grounds out. Not your fault Garzy, we don’t pay you to hit. But it still sucks.
    Good: Jeff Baker went 3-4 as the unlikely cleanup hitter.

  5. Bad: Castro went 0-5 in the three hole. He’ll be fine, but it’s hard to argue with the notion that he hits better in the leadoff spot.
    Good: Fukudome went 5-5 in the leadoff spot. Damn it, only one of you can lead off, someone has to hit third behind Sandberg.

  6. Bad: Garza makes a throwing error in the fifth, leading to the Rockies fourth consecutive unearned run.
    Good: Garza picks off Tulowitzki to end the fifth inning.

  7. Bad: Pena strikes out with two men on base to end the fourth inning.
    Good: The much maligned Samardzija (frequently by me) pitched two scoreless innings. And didn’t walk anyone.

  8. Bad: With two men on and two out in the sixth inning, Baker strikes out.
    Good: Reed Johnson channels his inner Craig Biggio with the patented ‘pretend to turn away from the inside fastball but don’t actually back away – causing the arm to move directly into the path of the pitch’ move, drawing a HBP. It needs a catchier name, but I like the results.

  9. Bad: Cubs score only three runs, despite plenty of chances.
    Good: Cubs pitchers only gave up one earned run.
    Bonus Bad: Cubs defense gave up four unearned runs.

Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale.
Well, it’s April. And the field was wet (apparently only when we were on defense). I’m not worried about it. The boys will bounce back today.

Oh look! The Blackhawks play again tonight… Thank goodness.

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3 comments

  1. blithescribe

    It’s always extra hard to be fair when a promising guy you can usually count on like Castro has a bad game. Bourjos had one absolutely blooper reel error our game Friday and I had to remind myself to be fair – he usually rocks those catches and many more besides. I like the way you wrote up this game. It’s entertaining and humor is the best response to disappointment…and they can certainly bounce back today.
    Kristen
    This is a very simple game…

  2. Keleigh

    Yeah, if you wouldn’t mind cursing our starting pitchers for the rest of this CWS/NYY series, that would be great.

    If there’s anything I can do for you, just let me know. 🙂

    I missed the first few innings, but it was great to get home tonight in time to see Gavin pitching so well (and remembering to breathe, even!) – and even better to see Brent Lillibridge steal away all of the headlines about this game.

    -K
    Watching the Dandelions Grow

  3. Keleigh

    Also, we of the southside can certainly relate to how painful the defensive errors can be. It’s so frustrating when your team actively *tries* to lose, instead of just not winning.
    There’s still plenty of time to turn things around.
    I still get excited when someone catches a routine fly ball these days and manages to hang onto it.
    I think we are all going to need therapy.
    -K

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