I hate watching bad baseball under normal circumstances. But every now and then, you see a team that crosses over into "fun bad" territory. By "fun bad" I mean they are just so bad you can't take your eyes off them. The entertainment value is just too good.
I think the Cubs finally had that crossover moment Friday at Wrigley Field. Cincinnati scored nine runs in the top of the seventh inning on its way to a 12-0 victory. But it wasn't just that the Reds scored nine in an inning -- that stuff happens every now and then -- it was how they scored that was so damn funny.
Here's the play-by-play for that inning, Cubbie miscues in bold:
Top 7th: Cincinnati
- J. Gomes walked
- J. Bruce walked, J. Gomes to second
- R. Hernandez safe at first on second baseman M. Fontenot's fielding error, J. Gomes to third, J. Bruce to second
- D. Stubbs struck out swinging
- B. Arroyo walked, J. Gomes scored, J. Bruce to third, R. Hernandez to second
- B. Schlitter relieved R. Dempster
- B. Phillips walked, J. Bruce scored, R. Hernandez to third, B. Arroyo to second
- O. Cabrera popped out to shallow left
- R. Hernandez scored, B. Arroyo to third, B. Phillips to second on passed ball
- J. Votto intentionally walked
- S. Rolen singled to shallow center, B. Arroyo scored, B. Phillips to third, J. Votto to second
- J. Gomes doubled to deep center, J. Votto and S. Rolen scored
- J. Bruce walked
- B. Howry relieved B. Schlitter
- R. Hernandez doubled to deep left, J. Gomes and J. Bruce scored
- D. Stubbs flied out to right
9 runs, 3 hits, 1 errors
9 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 6 walks and a passed ball. Two runs scored on bases-loaded walks, another run scored on a passed ball. Cincinnati had three runs home before it got its first base hit of the inning.
It's been a long time since I've seen a team have a defensive inning this bad. It was such a train wreck, I couldn't stop watching.