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Quade fumes after Cubs blow game

Posted on: May 16, 2011 11:43 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2011 11:54 pm
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By Matt Snyder

Things were going pretty well for the Cubs through 5 1/2 innings Monday night in Cincinnati. Carlos Pena had just hit a two-run home run -- his fourth in the past 11 games -- to put the Cubs on top 4-0. Starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano had only allowed one hit through his five shutout innings and really only needed to get through one more before handing the ball to Sean Marshall, Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol.

Instead, things came unraveled. The Reds tagged the Cubs for a seven-spot in the sixth, en route to a 7-4 victory. After the game, Cubs manager Mike Quade reportedly let loose on his ballclub behind closed doors before seeing the media and venting his frustration.

"That was embarrassing and that [expletive] has got to stop," he said.

"Nothing's [expletive] easy up here. We're not good enough to coast at all in any aspect of the game," he continued. (CSNChicago.com via Twitter)

Quade also reportedly noted that he was including himself and that everyone needed to get better.

For whatever it's worth, Quade's tirade didn't seem to fall on deaf ears. Marlon Byrd told reporters he was sick of it and he starts with himself in terms of where improvement is needed. Zambrano also took the full burden of the blame.

"It was all my fault ... disappointed in myself," he said, also adding that he was sad to have let down his teammates. (Paul Sullivan via Twitter)

In the sixth inning, there were a number of factors that contributed to the Reds' seven runs. Zambrano walked Edgar Renteria with one on and Joey Votto on deck. Alfonso Soriano was nothing short of a debacle as he backpedaled on Scott Rolen's game-tying, RBI double (I'm not sure he could have caught it, but an average left fielder would have). Marcos Mateo threw a wild pitch on his first offering and it allowed Jay Bruce to score the Reds' go-ahead run. Mateo then gave Jonny Gomes a fastball on a silver platter that resulted in a two-run homer. Defensively, things could have been sharper from Aramis Ramirez and Kosuke Fukudome on separate occasions.

It was reported Quade was angry about "baserunning, defense and third base coach Ivan DeJesus' decision-making." (Chicago Tribune)

Quade and the Cubs could also be upset about back-to-back strikeouts by Soriano and Byrd to end the first inning after Homer Bailey had walked the bases loaded.

In related news, struggling outfielder Tyler Colvin has been optioned to Triple-A, which is absolutely the correct move. He's been awful at the plate this season (.113 with a .449 OPS) after a bit of a breakout last season (20 HRs in 358 at-bats), so he's in need of everyday at-bats to work through his issues.

The Cubs are 17-22 and six games out of first place in the NL Central.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Quade fumes after Cubs blow game

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:47 am
 

Quade fumes after Cubs blow game

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Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: May 17, 2011 7:44 am
 

Quade fumes after Cubs blow game

when we are talking about the Cubs
1/never forget...payroll
2/ Zambrano was very sharp...as usual, as soon as something starts to go wrong, immediately he loses patience..

3/ Mateo..Mateo...Mateo...Mateo .
...what a joke!very poor performance



Since: Apr 17, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 11:52 pm
 

Quade fumes after Cubs blow game

Typical Cubs.  Why does anyone even bother reporting anything about them?  They couldn't win when they stockpiled their team with big money players or when they have a bunch of young guys.  They ARE and will ALWAYS be the the most pathetic team in the history of major league baseball and if you can't admit that, then you know nothing about the game of baseball.  Sorry Chicago fans, but it's the sad, but honest truth.


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