CINCINNATI (CBS) — Cubs manager Mike Quade was furious Monday night, after the team were pummeled 7-4 by the Cincinnati Reds.
Meanwhile, outfielder Tyler Colvin is being sent off to the minor leagues following a repeated poor performance.
Following the game, Quade addressed the team in a closed-door meeting and would not place a positive spin on the loss. Speaking to reporters afterward, his colorful language might have conjured former manager Lee Elia’s rant 28 years ago after the Cubs of that era lost a game.
But Elia was ranting about heckling fans and defending the Cubs’ performance. Quade’s ire was directed at the team’s performance.
“That was embarrassing, and that (expletive) has got to stop,” Quade said. He said the team had “a nice 4-0 lead early on” and pitcher Carlos Zambrano was “cruising,” but, “I got (expletive) news for you – it ain’t routine until the freaking thing is over.”
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“You get beat, you get beat,” Quade was quoted further in the Associated Press. “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.”
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Also Monday, the Cubs announced that Colvin will be sent to Triple-A Iowa following the loss. Colvin hit 20 home runs last year and was considered a key to the team’s future, but this season, he’s failed to live up to expectation, hitting .113 in 62 at bats, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Colvin will be replaced on the Cubs roster by Iowa outfielder Tony Campana, who has been hitting .342 with eight stolen bases, the Tribune reported.
Ultimately, the Reds seven-run rally left the Cubs in the dust.
The Cubs (17-22) fell a season-low five games under .500.
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