Sometimes things don’t work out. The Cubs lost the last game of their current road trip to the Cincinnati Reds 7-5. The Reds took the series two games to one. It was the best road trip for the Cubs this year, but they weren’t satisfied, although interim manager Mike Quade indicated he would simply like to look ahead to Pitttsburgh on Monday.
Carrie Muskat has posted an article on the Cubs’ website titled “Cubs’ best road trip ends on sour note.”
What made the game “sour” occurred in the eighth inning. In the top of the inning, the Cubs were trailing 5-3. Then Kosuke Fukudome hit a two-run homer that tied the game. He has been hot. He had a two-run homer yesterday that was a shot to right field.
The bad news is that, in the bottom of the inning, a ball was hit to right field, and Fukudome fielded it. He threw the ball to third and it went past Aramis Ramirez. A run scored, and Fukudome was charged with an error.
I have watched the play a number of times, and I don’t think Fukudome should have been given an error. It was a poor throw, no doubt about it, but, in my humble opinion, Ramirez played it poorly. He “waved” at the ball as it went by. There was a cutoff man, and it was clear that the ball was not going to make it correctly. Ramirez should have been able to get in front of the ball. The fact of the matter is that Ramirez is one of the reasons the Cubs have done so poorly. His defense has not been anywhere near where it has been in the past. His fielding and his throwing have been second-rate.
This is a game that could have been won (as many have been this year).
The Cubs’ players are all playing for their futures with the team, and they are playing for Quade’s future as well. The Cubs are, in the truest sense, rebuilding.
I think Quade would make a good manager. He is intense without being a lunatic, and he doesn’t carry over feelings from game-to-game, plus he puts the team ahead of individual wants.
I don’t think he will get the job.
Chicago Cubs website; Carrie Muskat; “Cubs’ best road trip ends on sour note”