Saturday was a good day for offense at Wrigley Field. Unfortunately, all the offense came from the Brewers, who blasted the Cubs 11-2, scoring 7 off starter Rich Harden before most of us had had a chance to settle into our chairs.
To say Harden had shaky stuff Saturday would be an understatement. In fact he had no stuff. And the Brewers let him know it quite quickly, pounding him for 5 in the first inning, three coming on a Mike Cameron dinger. Harden would last only into the third.
Not that the Cubs didn’t have a chance to get back in the game. They managed to load the bases on Braden Looper in both the 1st and 2nd innings, but somehow came out of it with no runs. This despite a re-tooled lineup that featured Kosuke Fukudome leading off and Alfonso Soriano batting 6th.
And how did moving Soriano down in the order work out anyway? 0-4 with two strikeouts. What Soriano’s in now is more than a slump. It is some kind of hitting coma.