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Mets, rain wash out Cubs

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Paul Sullivan
May 26, 2011
— The Cubs played most of Wednesday night’s game against the New York Mets in a swirling fog, a fitting metaphor for their season.

They’ve managed only five two-game win streaks in the first two months, and lost 7-4 Wednesday in a rain-shortened affair in their attempt at No. 6.


The game was called after a 41-minute delay in the top of the seventh.


Manager Mike Quade vehemently argued the decision by crew chief Dale Scott to call out the grounds crew, though the rain was falling sideways.


“Look, we put ourselves behind the 8-ball by blowing a really nice start,” Quade said.


He should’ve ended it right there, but Quade continued.


“It’s not the umpire’s fault, that’s for sure,” he said. “Everybody is frustrated, not the least of which is me with the weather and what we’ve dealt with. But if you’re going to play in it, I just thought you keep playing. Dale had a forecast and I had a forecast, and I think we were coming at it from two different directions.


“I figured when they put the tarp on, we’ll see you (Thursday) at 1:20 (p.m.). Maybe he was trying to save the field if the rain delay went on for an hour or two, and we could come back out. I don’t know. You’ll have to ask him.” But I was convinced it was going to rain until 2, 3, 4 in the morning, and we needed to keep playing. ... I’m on the losing end, so I want to keep on playing.”


Quade didn’t believe the field was any worse or the rain any harder.


But by complaining about the stoppage of a game when everyone knew a prolonged rainstorm was coming, the Cubs sounded like the motorists who ignored all the warnings and got stuck on Lake Shore Drive during the blizzard in February. The forecast was dire for Wednesday’s game, and both teams knew a storm could hit at any time.


It was the Cubs’ second rain-shortened loss in their last four home games, following a 3-0, six-inning loss to the Giants in similar conditions on May 14. “That’s the worst I’ve ever pitched in,” left-hander Doug Davis said. “They usually don’t start when it’s raining, but I understand it was on (national) TV.”


The Cubs wasted a four-run first inning, as pitchers Casey Coleman and Justin Berg failed to show anything in their short stints.


Coleman allowed eight of the 12 batters he faced to reach base in his shortest start of the year, blowing a three-run lead and watching his earned-run average rise to 7.32 in his eight starts.


But as bad as Coleman looked, Berg somehow managed to top him. In his second appearance after being called up on Sunday, he threw 12 pitches to three batters, and none of them came close to crossing the plate. Berg forced in two runs with bases-loaded walks, though both of the runs were charged to Coleman.


The Cubs wound up with only one hit after their four-run first, looking like they had no chance at a comeback.


“Stranger things have happened,” Quade argued.



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