is ready to take a page out of his mentor's book.
Three decades after
batting order out of a hat, Piniella said he's ready to try the same thing after his
stranded 13 runners in a 5-3 loss to the Tigers Wednesday night.
''I might leave the couple guys that are doing their jobs in their places and draw out the rest of them,'' he said. ''We couldn't
be any worse.''
The Cubs have scored only seven runs in their last three games, leaving 31 runners on base in the process.
''We're getting hits, but we've got to start driving guys in,'' said
, who had a solo homer for Chicago. ''We're all trying to make something happen, and it just isn't.''
Chicago's offensive woes, combined with homers from
, helped the Tigers post their sixth straight win.
''Thank god we're going to get them out of here before their bats get going, because they will,'' said Tigers manager Jim
Leyland. ''We let them have way too many opportunities tonight.''
(5-1), the third of seven Detroit pitchers, picked up the win.
finished for his 15th save in as many tries. The Cubs put the first two batters on, but Rodney retired the next three to end
''Rodney was real wild to start, and that's not good,'' Leyland said. ''He did a great job getting out of it, though.''
allowed two runs and seven hits. He walked four in five-plus innings.
''I thought I did OK, battled out of some jams early,'' said the 20-year-old Porcello. ''I think the biggest thing was just
to keep us in the game and give us a chance.''
(4-4) took the loss, giving up four runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings.
''It was an ugly game and I was unhappy with my performance,'' he said. ''That's all I have to say.''
Derrick Lee extended his hitting streak to a career-high 21 games with a seventh-inning single. It's the longest hitting streak
by a Cub since
's 30-gamer in 1989.
Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Cabrera's 15th homer, but Soto tied the game with a solo shot in the fifth. The Cubs
then loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, but Porcello stuck out
to end the inning.
Laird put the Tigers back in front with a fifth-inning homer off Harden.
Porcello came out after a walk and a single to start the sixth, and
allowed a single to
to load the bases. Miner struck out Soto before
tied the game 2-2 on a fielder's choice.
Harden walked a pair of batters in the Detroit sixth, and
with one out. Slumping
hit a bloop single to right, loading the bases. One out later,
beat out an infield single to give the Tigers the lead and
walked to make it 4-2.
The Cubs loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, and Fox's sacrifice fly pulled the Cubs within 4-3.
walked in a run in the eighth for the final margin.
had an odd at-bat in the third, bunting a ball off the visor of his batting helmet, then losing his grip on the bat, which
sailed into the Tigers dugout. ... Ordonez cut off his trademark long hair before the game, hoping to end a season-long slump
that has seen him hit just two homers. He finished with two singles. ''I was jealous - he has beautiful hair,'' Leyland said.
''I told him that if I had been there, I'd like to have picked it up and made a toupee.'' ...
, who allowed an eighth-inning homer to Hoffpauir in Tuesday's win, pumped his fist after striking out
to end Wednesday's eighth.