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Saturday, June 19, 2010
Piniella out of answers for Cubs struggles

By Bruce Levine

Cubs manager Lou Piniella is out of answers when it comes to finding any consistency of good play from his team.

“We’ve tried everything we have here,” Piniella said. “We’ve pitched everybody, we’ve played everybody, we’ve changed lineups. We’ve done everything I can humanly do to get this thing turned around. That’s all I can do.”

The Cubs have now lost seven of their last eight series, dating back to May 27. Their 30-38 record brings them back to a season-low eight games under .500 after a humiliating 12-0 loss to the Angels on Saturday.

“The wind’s blowing out, two hits,” an exasperated Piniella said. “This is a good hitter’s ballpark today. And I think we had five left-handed hitters in the lineup.”

The Cubs committed two more errors on Saturday. The team has 11 errors in the last five games, and arguably got a pass from the official scorer on a couple of other calls Saturday.

“I can see us struggling with the bats, but we can’t catch the baseball all of a sudden,” Piniella said.

The Cubs now have 54 errors in 68 games.