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Saturday, May 29, 2004

I HATE ROB MACKOWIAK. Yesterday, two games, two losses, two blown saves, and two walk-off home runs ... somewhere Harry Caray is finding irony in a tradgedy for Cubdom.

In the first game, Joe Borowski had a 5-4 lead when he came in to close the game. Borowski promptly allowed a run and loaded the bases before serving up a walk-off grand slam to Rob Mackowiak. The final was 5-9.

In the nightcap, LaTroy Hawkins had a 4-2 lead when he came in to close the game. Hawkins promptly allowed a two run home run to Rob Mackowiak. In the tenth, Francis Beltran threw one pitch, and gave up a walk-off home run to Craig Wilson. The final was 4-5.

Today, the Cubs scored four runs off Josh Fogg in the first inning, and looked to snap their four game losing streak. Alack, Mark Prior's achilles heel is sore, and Sergio Mitre was pitching in his place. Mitre managed to allow 6 (earned) runs in three and two-thirds innings. Three of those runs came off of a Rob Mackowiak three run home run in the fourth. The Pirates never looked back, as they piled on against the Cubs suddenly impotent bullpen. The final score was 7-10.

There have been very few positives this weekend (D. Lee hit a homer, thats it) and it has brought out the doomsday Cubs fan inside of me. I am concerned we will be talking about yesterday's doubleheader twenty years from now when we discuss Cubs' meltdowns following playoff years. The Cubs losing streak stands at five, and I am hoping Zambrano can put an end to it tommorrow.

Rob Mackowiak - Cub Killer Extraordinaire

Fri 5/28, Game 1511402
Fri 5/28, Game 2111210
Sat 5/29422501
First three games of series10441113

The NL Central: The Cubs are in fourth place, 3.5 games behind the Reds. The whole division is over .500, while every other division in baseball has a team below .400 and at least two teams below .500 (except the four team AL West). The Reds lead the Astros and Cardinals by 2.5 games, the Brewers by 3, the Cubs by 3.5, and the Pirates by 4.

Around the League: Scott Rolen has 50 RBI's after 48 games - on pace for 169 RBI's. The Royals are playing a bit better, and maybe, just maybe, pretty please, hold on to Carlos Beltran until he can become a free agent after this season (see May 10th entry).


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