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Piniella a no-show -- just like the Cubs' offense against the Dodgers

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Where was Lou?

For the first time this season, Cubs manager Lou Piniella declined to meet with reporters after a game. Who could blame him after a painful 2-1 loss Thursday night to the Los Angeles Dodgers? The same Los Angeles Dodgers who humiliated the Cubs in the first round of the 2008 playoffs.

Piniella chooses to blow off reporters after games about once or twice a season. This time, he left everyone guessing about his whereabouts as the Cubs sent starting pitcher Randy Wells into the interview room in the manager's place.

Though some fans would prefer to see a June 2007-style blow-up from Piniella, the fiery manager is trying to stick to his strategy of remaining ultra positive during the Cubs' toughest regular-season stretch since he took over 2 1/2 years ago. There would have been few positives -- outside of another wasted solid outing by Wells -- for Piniella to discuss anyway, so he bit his tongue. The Cubs have lost nine of 11.

''We had plenty of opportunities to win this game,'' leadoff hitter Alfonso Soriano said. ''A very frustrating game.''

In the first seven innings, the Cubs put just one runner on second base. That was Derrek Lee, who doubled to lead off the second inning. He was stranded on second as Reed Johnson grounded to first, a lifeless Geovany Soto struck out looking and Mike Fontenot mirrored Soto's sorry at-bat. The Cubs had a chance to break the game open in the eighth inning, after an ailing Bobby Scales hit a leadoff pinch home run, pinch-hitter Jake Fox singled to center and pinch-hitter Kosuke Fukudome walked. But Soriano struck out and Ryan Theriot hit into an inning-ending double play.

The Cubs rallied again in the ninth, loading the bases with one out. But Scales and Fox each struck out to end the game.

''This is one of those games,'' Johnson said, ''where you can't wait for the sun to come up tomorrow and you can get back out there.''

The sun coming up in Chicago these days?

''What am I thinking?'' Johnson said.

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8 Comments

This rotten hodge podge of players need a heart transplant and the core needs to be blown up.

Looks like chokers like Soriano, Theriot, Lee and Soto picked up their choking hitting like the last 0 for 9 playoff games.

Hendry needs to be held accountable for the awful pick up of Milton Bradley and the inexplicable trade of Mark De Rosa.

The window of opportunity closed for these chokers when the Dodgers swept them last year.

This group will not get to a World Series!

The Bradley experiment is bad on the field and even worse behind the scenes. Look at his body language during the game. He is actually at his best when his teams are losing, this way he feels is that no one can tell him what to do since the teams losing it's Milty's way.

Behind the scenes guys hate him. Major attitude. At least last year they played together.

Now on to another Dodger pounding.

The Bradley experiment is bad on the field and even worse behind the scenes. Look at his body language during the game. He is actually at his best when his teams are losing, this way he feels is that no one can tell him what to do since the teams losing it's Milty's way.

Behind the scenes guys hate him. Major attitude. At least last year they played together.

Now on to another Dodger pounding.

Lou needs to change the lineup to Theriot, Fukudome, Soriano, Lee, Bradley, Soto, Fontenot, Blanco or Scales and Pitcher. Soriano hasn't been hitting in leadoff and he is going to swing at the low and away pitch whether he is batting leadoff or third. He can come up with people on base, maybe. They need to leave Soriano in the third spot for more than a series.

I keep wondering when Piniella's going to get some heat. He's been given a virtual All Star team in Chicago thanks to Major Market spending advantages, yet hasn't even won a single playoff game. Seems he's gotten a pass for a mediocre record overall, just because of his World Series win with the Reds way back in 1990.

love that picture!!!was he also getting a mani-pedi??!!

At least your team will spend the money to try and win. Our owners try to cheap it all the way and expect Tony and Dunc to work miracles with "low hanging fruit." A Cards fan

Word is Lou's wife gave him orders not to argue with umps, players, the press or the public. Now at age 65, he is to be mellow and watch his weight. Well he's got the mellow part down.

IMHO, the most overrated, overpaid, overfed has been in charge of any group of professionals. Non homework doing, nap taking, drink nipping grandpa to ever grace the vines. Even Herman Franks showed emotion and was never given the line up this napper has been given.

Get him out of here at Seasons End..please. Get a young guy who knows the value of stats and how to use a computer as well as isnt afraid to motivate veterans and take risks with minor leaguers if needed

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