It's trade deadline day. Do you know where your Cubs are?
Everybody who is anybody with the Cubs went to bed safely still a member of the team Tuesday night. But how many remain "your" Cubs is still to be seen.
The team lost a day-night doubleheader with the Milwaukee Brewers, dropping the first game 6-5 and losing the second 3-2 as key relievers were charged with blown saves in each game.
Trade talk again was the subject of the pregame and postgame news conferences as the nonwaiver deadline for making trades comes at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
"People know," said manager Dale Sveum. "It's the way the game is this time of year. People are aware of it. You can't worry about it. You can't dwell on it. It's just part of the game."
Several Cubs players whose names have been talked about in trade rumors had eventful days :
•Left-handed reliever James Russell suffered his seventh blown save of the season in the first game, giving up a 3-run homer to Khris Davis in the seventh inning.
•Right fielder Nate Schierholtz was 1-for-4 in the first game. The left-handed batting Schierholtz sat out the start of the second game even though the Brewers started right-handed pitcher Tyler Thornburg. That sparked speculation, but Schierholtz was on the bench for the second game, and no deal happened, at least not Tuesday. He came into the game as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.
•Right-hander Carlos Villanueva, whose name has not been mentioned much, started Game 1 and pitched solidly, working 61⁄3 innings but being victimized by Russell's blown save.
"I've been traded before, so I really don't care about that," Villanueva said. "If somebody wants me and the Cubs want to deal me, I'm gone. I understand that part of the business really well. That's something I really don't lose much sleep over."
•Closer Kevin Gregg came on in the ninth inning of the nightcap and had two outs with a man on first before giving up the lead. Nothing was hit hard off Gregg, and some close calls on balls and strikes didn't go his way.
The tying and go-ahead runs scored when shortstop Starlin Castro couldn't make a backhand catch of Jeff Bianchi's liner to the hole.
"I don't know, I didn't see the replay," Sveum said. "He made an effort and the ball didn't stay in his glove."
The hard-luck inning for Gregg cost him his fourth blown save of the season, and like Russell, he took the loss.
Speaking of trades, Game 2 starting pitcher Jake Arrieta made a good impression, working 6 innings and giving up 2 hits and 1 run. He came up from Class AAA Iowa to make the start.
The Cubs obtained him from Baltimore earlier this month in a trade for pitcher Scott Feldman.
"It felt good," said Arrieta, who is likely headed back to Iowa. "I wanted to come out of the gate and just establish the strike zone with all my pitches. Me and (catcher Dioner) Navarro got on a good page and got off on the right foot and were working well together.
"I think overall it was good. I think I showed them a lot of the things they wanted to see. From this point on, I want to continue to get better at some things and work my way back up here. I was very, very happy with the trade and the opportunity to come over to this organization and be a part of a group of young guys, a lot of guys working hard to put together a championship team. Chicago's a great city, and I've always loved it here. It's nice to be part of the Cubs now."
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