Wednesday, August 22, 2012

David DeJesus and Bryan LaHair come through with homers, but Cubs lose 3-2 to Brewers

The Cubs lost 3-2 Wednesday afternoon to the Milwaukee Brewers in the final game of the three-game series and end up being swept by the Brew Crew.  They have now lost four games in a row and this is the team's 18th loss in their past 22 games.  The team is now on pace to lose 100 games this season.

The game got off to a good start when David DeJesus hit a home run on the first pitch thrown to him which put the Cubs on the board right off the bat.  There was a little scare when DeJesus and Brett Jackson collided while both were diving to catch a line drive ball in the bottom of the first inning, but thankfully, neither player was hurt.

David DeJesus is congratulated by Luis Valbuena after leading off Wednesday's game against the Brewers with a home run (photo from Chicago Tribune)
Outfielders David DeJesus and Brett Jackson collided in the first inning against the Brewers (photo from Chicago Tribune)
Bryan LaHair also hit a solo home run in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game, which came 49 days after his last home run during a game against the Braves.  LaHair's playing time has been drastically reduced since getting moved to right field when Anthony Rizzo was called up and then moved to the bench once Brett Jackson came up.  Even though his future with the Cubs is uncertain, LaHair said, "I’m trying to show people every day what I can do.  I go out every day and I work hard to get back on track.  I’m just trying to do the best job I can.”  I can't help but feel for the guy!

Travis Wood started for the Cubs and allowed three runs on six hits while walking one batter and striking out six over seven innings pitched.  Wood pitched well for the most part, but was outpitched by Yovani Gallardo and ended up with his seventh straight loss.

Travis Wood started for the Cubs against the Brewers on Wednesday (photo from
Manager Dale Sveum addressed the team's recent record and youth of the team by saying, "It's a combination of a lot of things.  We're going down looking, we're swinging at pitches way out of the zone early, and then we get good pitches to hit and we take them.  What's going on right now mentally is strange from a hitting point.  We're aggressive when we shouldn't be, and we're passive when we should be aggressive.  We're super young right now.  That's part of the gig, and we knew it."

Sveum also said that the young players are almost afraid of making mistakes, which is what's hurting the team.  However, the team isn't hanging their heads, which is good.

Tomorrow the Cubs have an off day before starting a 10-game homestand at Wrigley Field, beginning on Friday against the Colorado Rockies at 1:20pm CT.  Jeff Samardzija will start for the Cubs and try to earn his ninth win of the season and end the team's losing streak.

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