A messy second outing for Cubs right-hander Scott Feldman
BY GORDON WITTENMYER email@example.com April 11, 2013 11:00PM
Cubs pitcher Scott Feldman pitches during the first inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Ill., on Thursday, April 11, 2013. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 13, 2013 6:50AM
If the Cubs keep this up, there won’t be enough goat heads to go around by May.
On a cold, dreary, drizzly Thursday, the Cubs were sloppier than the weather, blowing a five-run lead in a 7-6 loss to the San Francisco Giants and leaving manager Dale Sveum to bemoan breakdowns of basic skills — only two weeks after they broke camp following nearly seven weeks of spring-training drills.
And leaving more guys than just chairman Tom Ricketts looking goat-head worthy.
“Oh, yeah?” pitcher Jeff Samardzija said, dismissively, when told about the head-in-the-box that was left at Wrigley for Ricketts on Wednesday. “That’s very original since it’s only been around for 60, 70 years. You’d think they’d come up with something new.”
First baseman Anthony Rizzo thought it was “kind of funny.” Sveum called it “pretty stupid.”
You can call it symbolic if the Cubs stay on anything close to this pace.
The Giants got four unearned runs in the fourth thanks to a two-out error by shortstop Starlin Castro , who rushed a routine grounder hit by Ryan Vogelsong.
That was followed by a grounder to the right side that went for a hit when pitcher Scott Feldman failed to get to first quickly enough.
It was the third time in two starts Feldman has failed to get an out on plays he was responsible for covering first.
“We’re going to have to get him out early to start working on it because that ain’t acceptable,” Sveum said.
“You spend hours and hours on it for 45 days of spring training and then to have lapses in the game when it counts. … It costs you games; it costs you pitches; it costs you not being able to go five innings.”
Feldman has failed to pitch out of the fifth inning in both starts as a first-year Cub.
Second baseman Darwin Barney gets the stitches out of his knee Friday and starts a three-day minor-league rehab assignment the next day with Class AAA Iowa.
He’s targeting Tuesday’s Texas Rangers series opener for his return from the disabled list.
◆ Brent Lillibridge’s two-run single in the third was his first hit of the season, snapping an 0-for-18 (no walks) opening skid.
◆ Cleanup man Alfonso Soriano produced his first extra-base hit when he led off the eighth with a double.
He’s still looking for his first RBI.