Jul 2, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (13) and left fielder Alfonso Soriano (12) are unable to catch the ball during the fourth inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at O.Co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs Blow Late Lead, Lose to A's

Talk about frustration.

The Chicago Cubs might as well be the definition of frustration when it comes to late inning, close baseball games.  It seems like the Cubs are always in a position to win the game late, but something goes wrong.  This game was back and forth the whole time and the A’s landed the final blow as they take game one 8-7.

The Athletics struck first when Josh Donaldson hit a two run home run to left to give the A’s the early lead.  In the second inning, Chris Young hit a solo home run to add to the lead. The Cubs waited until the fourth to breakout and breakout they did, the team scored five runs in the inning, the highlight being an Alfonso Soriano three run home run to left center.  The A’s struck right back in the fourth when they took advantage of a Starlin Castro fielding error that led to two runs and a tie game.  Welington Castillo gave the Cubs the lead back in the sixth when he doubled to center to drive in two.  Then in the eighth after Josh Donaldson tallied himself a hit and Josh Reddick drew a walk, Derek Norris came up and hit one over the left center field fence to give the A’s the lead and ultimately the win.

It was James Russell who continues to struggle after a fantastic first two months of the season.  Russell has been less than impressive in June and now July.  His ERA was up in the high fives in June and it looks to be headed in that same direction for July.  Russell blew his sixth game and received his second loss of the year.

With Scott Feldman being the probable starter for the game and then being traded hours before game time, the Cubs called up Chris Rusin who gave the Cubs three and third innings, gave up six hits, and three earned in that time.

A.J. Griffin, the starter for the A’s, got hammered by the Cub offense over his five and third innings.  Griffin gave up ten hits and seven earned runs in his time.  Dan Otero earned his first win of the year, also his first win of his career and Grant Balfour got his 20th save of the year.

Soriano and Castillo drove in six of the seven Cub runs on the night.  Castillo, Dioner Navarro, Luis Valbuena, and Brian Bogusevic all had multi hit games for the Cubs who had 13 hits as a team.  Josh Donalson, Nate Freiman, and Derek Norris were the Athletics that tallied multiple hits in the game.

These two teams will be right back at it tomorrow night in Oakland as the A’s will throw Bartolo Colon (11-2) to the bump and opposing him will be, Matt Garza (3-1) for the Cubs.  First pitch is scheduled for 9:05 PM CT.

Tags: A.J. Griffin Alfonso Soriano Bartolo Colon Brian Bogusevic Chicago Cubs Chris Rusin Chris Young Dan Otero Derek Norris Dioner Navarro Grant Balfour James Russell Josh Donaldson Josh Reddick Luis Valbuena Matt Garza Nate Freiman Oakland Athletics Scott Feldman Starlin Castro Welington Castillo

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