The Gist: Game #14

Cubs 1
Vietnam 7

As I am apparently one of the few Americans who retains steady employment, I was unable to watch or listen to today's game. This was probably for the best. Aaron Harang stymied the Cub offense, and the Reds would hold on to allow only one unearned run over the last two games. I was not around to experience the fallout of the Vietnam War, but I would imagine that the today's letdown was similar, only on a far less consequential scale.

Micah Hoffpauir committed a brutal error in right field, though it did not really factor in the final score. Zambrano wasn't exactly lights-out, but he only gave up three earned in seven innings. The bottom line is that we couldn't string together enough hits to succumb the power of the Dusties. And don't even get me started on Neal Cotts. Jesus tapdancing Christ. You're a lefty reliever whose career is based on the statistical assumption that you can get left-handed batters out. Is this not accurate? Yet you give up a homerun to a Votto. I'm so discouraged and perplexed by our bullpen situation that I just cannot even stomach a diatribe here. How's Kerry Wood doing? Why did we let him go? Money you say? How much did we dump on Vizcaino and Gaudin, $6 million? Where has this gotten us? Ugh...

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