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Quade wants Cubs to get back to basics

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Quade wants Cubs to get back to basics · Notes, Quotes · Roster Report

With all the consternation about the Cubs' lack of timely hitting and propensity for hitting nothing but singles, manager Mike Quade reminded the media and his players not to forget about the other stuff.

"The hitting thing is one thing," Quade said Wednesday before the Cubs' 11-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. "We get so wrapped up in that. We talked a little last night about the execution and some of the stuff. We (officially) made no errors last night. That's not true. So we've got to clean that up. You can win games a lot of ways. I want to make sure we're not so wrapped up in trying to do a better job hitting that we forget about the defensive stuff that can help us out."

Quade was referring to a 6-4 loss Tuesday night in which the Cubs were charged with no errors but committed several sins of omission and commission, including botched cutoff plays and tardy throws.

The Cubs are still working with second-year shortstop Starlin Castro on the finer points around the second base bag. Castro should have cut off one ball Tuesday but didn't, and it allowed a Cardinals runner to advance.

Quade said he found no fault in general with the team's effort, particularly that of left fielder Alfonso Soriano, who made two nice catches but slipped and fell on one ball, which got behind him for a triple.

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