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Sunday, May 09, 2010

Sweet Lou Jumps Off The Bridge: Reds 5, Cubs 3

Unbelievable: the scuffling Cubs, up 3-2 in the 7th, find themselves with Reds on the corners, and starter Ryan Dempster running out of gas. Lou Piniella comes out to talk to him, with lefty Sean Marshall warmed up in the possibility — nay, likelihood — he would face lefty Cub-killer Joey Votto.

Piniella went back to the dugout without changing pitchers. One first-pitch hanging slider later, and the Cubs were down 5-3, which was the final score. Al Yellon has a lot more on this, but it seems to me this is a manager who needs to be fired, not as retribution but for cause; and a team that can't do what it needs to on the corners (Derrick Lee and Aramis Ramirez are both aging, and this year, inept at the plate).

The Cubs have lost six of their last ten games, and are 14-18, in fourth place in the NL Central, ahead of only the pathetic Astros. The 16-15 Reds are in second place in the Central, 3.5 games back of the Cardinals.

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