DENVER -- The Cubs' are-you-kidding-me finish to this WTF season took another Ripley's-worthy turn in the sixth inning of a 6-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies Wednesday night when Joe Mather inexplicably became the second Cub in two weeks to wipe out a run at the plate by trying to take third on a would-be sacrifice fly.
Never mind the cardinal sin of chancing a third out of an inning at third base. In this case, the ball was hit to left field, with the comparatively short throw in Mather's field of vision from the outset.
``I went 30 years without seeing it, and unfortunately had to see it twice in the last two weeks,'' said manager Dale Sveum - who had plenty of time to talk to Mather and stew about it when rain halted play at that point for the next 84 minutes.
``You talk to him, but it's the same [as two weeks ago in Houston]. Just bonehead plays,'' Sveum said. ``They know they are. It's just not thinking ahead.''
Two weeks ago it was Dave Sappelt - the guy who lost the RBI Wednesday - taking an RBI from Darwin Barney by getting thrown out at third on a fly to center field in a 1-0 loss.
``I thought I could make it. I shouldn't have gone. Bad base running,'' Mather said. ``Just bad baseball.''
Whether it's a case of guys trying to do too much as they try to avoid 100 losses, ``I don't know,'' Mather said.
``It's just a bummer. It's just a bummer for everybody,'' he added. ``I have to take the blame; 100 percent of it's mine.''
All of it left the Cubs needing a 4-3 finish to avoid the century-loss mark, with Chris Volstad (3-10) starting Thursday in the first of two remaining starts. The 6-12 Travis Wood is the other guy with two starts left.
Meanwhile, the Cubs dropped to 0-15 in National League West ballparks this season - with four more left in Colorado (one) and Arizona (three).
Believe it or not.