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After 2nd straight postseason collapse, Soriano says to be patient
By Tim Sassone | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 10/5/2008 7:11 AM

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LOS ANGELES - Maybe Alfonso Soriano didn't realize what he was saying after the Cubs were bounced out of the playoffs by the Dodgers on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

When asked what he would tell the fans after a second straight first-round collapse, Soriano's answer was almost comical.

"Keep patient because we have a very good team," Soriano said. "I think everybody is very disappointed. We have a very good team this year, but we didn't get it done. I hope next year we have a very good team then and go a little but farther."

Stay patient? That was Soriano's advice to a fan base that hasn't seen a World Series title in 100 years.

For the second year in a row it was Soriano and Aramis Ramirez standing out among a group that failed to deliver offensively. The Cubs scored 6 runs in the series. Their grand total from the last two falls in their six straight losses is 12 runs.

"We just didn't hit," manager Lou Piniella said. "You've got to score runs. This is six games now I've managed in postseason and we've scored 12 runs. That doesn't get it done. I'm not making excuses, but you've got to score some runs.

"This team here in postseason, for whatever, reason, I haven't seen it."

Soriano was 0-for-5 in Saturday's 3-1 loss and finished the series 1-for-14 with no RBI.

Ramirez was 2-for-11 with no RBI. Derrek Lee had 2 doubles and a single in Game 3, but he was without an RBI as well in the series.

"The best team is not always going to win in the postseason," Soriano said. "We had the best team in the league, but we didn't do nothing to win. Give them credit, but we didn't do anything."

It was fitting that Soriano ended Game 3 with a feeble strikeout against Jonathan Broxton.

"Yes, it's very sad because we didn't play better in the postseason," Soriano said. "We have a better team than last year, but we didn't play good like a team.

"We have a very good team, but we have to get it down in the postseason. We expect a lot more than what we do on the field. I think everybody has to think about how we have to play in the playoffs because we've not played good enough to win.

"It's very disappointing because we want to go to the World Series, but we didn't put it together."

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry addressed the media briefly in the quiet clubhouse after the game.

"It's a short series and the Dodgers played better than we did, there's no other way to say it," Hendry said. "They've got a good club.

"We won 97 games with a lot of good players and we just happened to play poorly for three days, but we'll keep trying until we get it done."

Piniella finally turned to Mike Fontenot's bat for Game 3, but it was the highest paid stars that struggled to deliver again under playoff pressure.

Fontenot probably deserved to be playing in the first two games. Piniella even spoke before the series started how Fontenot might have been swinging the bat as well as anyone on the team, yet he started Kosuke Fukudome in Games 1 and 2 in Chicago and watched him embarrass himself for two nights.

Fukudome went 0-for-8 in the first two games with 4 strikeouts but got a single in 2 trips in a late defensive role.