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Astros Pull Cubs into 100-Loss Company

October 2, 2012

From Tinker to Evers to Chance,
To a belt that comes with no pants,
100 losses – and counting,
– Cubs Lose. Again. Again. And again.

With only three games left and little else to play for beyond the sweet meat infliction of pain upon others, the Houston Astros used Game # 160 of the 2012 season to induct the Chicago Cubs into their otherwise exclusive big league 100-loss club. They did it with a 3-0 whitewash win in Wrigley Field Monday night behind the tenacious 2-hit pitching of  Lucas Harrell and the powerful HR blasting of rookie left fielder Fernando Martinez.

Harrell evened his season record at 11-11, holding the Cubs to 2 hits and a walk over 6 innings while fanning 7 before yielding the final 3 stanzas to 3 relievers who gave up no runs and no hits down the stretch. Fernando Martinez launched a monster HR to the street in right in the 2nd, hi 3rd blast in 3 games, and then tacked on 2 other scores in later innings.

The win also allowed the Astros (54-106) to avoid surpassing their record loss total from 2011, but they still have to win their last 2 games to keep from getting there. The Cubs, on the other hand, even with the former boy genius Theo Epstein now at residence for a year as their GM, now close the book on their 108th year of play since their last “1908” World Series win.

I don’t know which quality is the greater marvel among Cubs fans, their patience for winning- or their mentality bout losing. They simply seem to accept losing as inevitable, but I guess that should not be so surprising. After all, they have been losing more often than not for more than a century now.

C’mon, Astros, finish up your National League life like a soul-mission. Take those two remaining games from the Cubs.