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Newz Forum: BASEBALL: Braves hand lonely Cubs another tough loss

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posted on Oct, 1 2004 @ 09:23 PM
CHICAGO -- It's almost over for the Chicago Cubs. A late-season collapse when they needed to play their best baseball has left them on the verge of wild-card elimination.

Four straight losses and six defeats in the last seven games had manager Dusty Baker almost in disbelief Friday after the Cubs' ninth-inning rally came up short in a 5-4 loss to the NL East champion Atlanta Braves.

"We're due to win one of these. Geez, man. I can't explain it," Baker said. "It's a bad period right now.

"I don't see tightness. If anything, looseness rather than tightness. We're not hitting the ball the way we're capable of hitting it. And when the eighth and ninth hitters hit two-run homers, it's not going to make for a good day."

Pitcher Mike Hampton hit a two-run homer off Kerry Wood and so did No. 8 hitter DeWayne Wise as the Braves wrapped up the NL's second seed in the playoffs.

Wood gave up 10 hits and five runs in seven innings. The Cubs rallied with three runs in the ninth before Corey Patterson struck out and Derrek Lee grounded out to end the game.

Chicago began the day one game behind San Francisco and Houston for the wild card.

Frustrated fans at Wrigley Field littered the outfield with debris just before the bottom of the eighth and the grounds crew had to run on the field and clean it up, delaying the game for a couple of minutes.

The players are frustrated, too.



posted on Oct, 2 2004 @ 01:48 AM
Yup, they've done an incredible choking job.

Losing 5 of 7 to the Mets and the Reds was inexcusable. :angry-smiley-034:

Now with the Giants and the Astros winning, they're 2 back of those teams with 2 to play. All they can hope is for a one-game playoff with both teams. They need both the Giants and the Astros to lose both their games on Saturday and Sunday.

posted on Oct, 2 2004 @ 03:44 PM
Cubs eliminated from playoffs!

Another disappointing end to a season for Cubby fans in ChiTown.

I'm very disappointed that my team, the Phillies, had such an average year with such a good lineup....
But how does a team with bats like S Sosa, M Alou, D Lee, A Ramirez, N Garciaparra, etc and pitchers M Prior, K Wood, G Maddux, M Clement, and C Zambrano, that reads like an All-Star roster miss the playoffs? This team had high hopes and to not even reach the playoffs is a big blow to this club, most are saying Nomar wont re-sign. Sosa had a pretty quiet second half, he is the heart and soul of this team and he seemed almost invisible.

Wrigley faithfuls singin' the same tune.

posted on Oct, 2 2004 @ 09:39 PM
Man, what a disappointment for teh Cubs faithful!

They should've done better!

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