Are the Cubs coming apart at the seams?
They hope not, and manager Mike Quade was acting to prevent that from happening.
Quade addressed his troops after a sloppy 7-4 loss at Cincinnati on Monday.
"You get beat, you get beat," Quade said. "But we're beating ourselves way too much, and we've got enough issues competing as it is without beating ourselves. When I see that, if I'm going to lose sleep, I'm going to have my say before I do, that's all."
It didn't work. In fact, things got even worse in a 7-5 loss Tuesday. The Cubs committed four errors, and all seven of the Reds' runs were unearned as the Cubs let another lead slip away.
"I guess Knute Rockne I'm not," Quade said of the effectiveness of his speech-making.
The Cubs have lost three in a row to fall to 17-23. The errors Tuesday included two throwing errors, one fielding error and one on catcher Welington Castillo, who failed to tag a batter on a dropped third strike.
General manager Jim Hendry said he did not blame Quade for venting the night before.
"He had every right to be upset," Hendry said. "We did a few little things wrong that we've been doing on a too regular basis lately, things that we didn't do at the end of last year and things that we don't do when we play well."
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