Lou Piniella Waves White Flag with Lineup, Cubs Lose to Giants

Paul Swaney@@PaulSwaneySenior Analyst IMay 5, 2009

PHOENIX - APRIL 29:  Manager Lou Piniella of the Chicago Cubs looks on from the dugout during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 29, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Cubs 10-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In the top of the first inning at Wrigley Field, Bengie Molina ripped a three-run homer into left field off Cubs starter, Sean Marshall. The good news for the Cubs was that with all of their offensive fire power, there was no doubt that they could come back.

What's that you say? The Cubs didn't have any firepower? Sure they do.

The Cubs have Mr. Instant Offense, Alfonso Soriano. He had the day off?

Alright, I guess that makes sense. He's only had one day off all year.

At least the Cubs can play Ryan Theriot and his three home runs in four games, a career high. He got the day off, too?

Lou must have his reasons.

Luckily there's still All-Star third baseman Aramis Ramirez, defending Rookie of the Year Geovany Soto and high-priced free agent Milton Bradley.

What? They all sat out?

Piniella opted to start Joey Gathright for the first time this year, along with Koyie Hill, Aaron Miles, Micah Hoffpauir, and 31-year-old rookie Bobby Scales.

What is going on? Sean Marshall must be thinking, "I already have to try to beat Tim Lincecum, you think you could help me out with some actual offense, skip?"

Piniella can try to spin it anyway he wants. The bottom line is, this was a virtual forfeit. I would have rather seen him field the Iowa Cubs. Shameful.