A one-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth never feels that safe, especially with a guy like Kevin Gregg taking the mound. But, you hope that if your guy is going to blow the game, he will at least make the other team work for it.
No walks. No hit batters. No wild pitches or balks. And no back-to-back homers on consecutive pitches.
At least make the enemy mount a rally. Don’t just groove two straight pitches to Dan Uggla and Cody Ross so they can turn your lights out.
Sadly, this is not advice Kevin Gregg ever heard before. Or if he heard it he didn’t heed it. It took all of two swings for the Marlins to turn a one-run deficit into a one-run victory, leaving Mr. Gregg and Cubs fans bewildered.
Hey, I know we’ve been scoring tons of runs lately and blowing everyone out, but that’s not going to keep happening forever. Occasionally we will need our closer to hold a small lead. We will need to win some one-run games with good pitching and defense.
After consecutive blown saves, our confidence in Gregg is once again shaken. And so is Lou Piniella‘s I imagine. Where’s B.J. Ryan?