By Jose Romero
PHOENIX Alfonso Soriano finished his brief comments to reporters after the Cubs lost 5-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, then sat at his locker in the visiting teams clubhouse just staring into space.
So did his Cubs teammate, Starlin Castro, on a black leather recliner a few feet away.
Losing their fourth straight game and being dominated in a three-game sweep by the Diamondbacks stung. And for Soriano, it was tiring.
When were winning, I never feel tired. But when were losing and get swept, mentally you get tired. My body is OK, but losing like were losing now is tough, Soriano said.
I dont like to lose, and the way were losing is not acceptable, he added.
Soriano wasnt calling out the Cubs pitchers. He in fact mentioned that theyre keeping games close. The biggest issue is not being able to get a big hit when one is needed, as was the case at different times in each of the three losses in Arizona.
Hes looking forward to a fresher start Monday when the Cubs are home against the New York Mets. And Soriano pledges to keep fighting.
We cannot give up, because its a long season. Almost three months and one week, he said. We have to keep working hard and bringing it every day to the ballpark.
The clubhouse was silent but for the sound of attendants getting the teams equipment ready to leave the ballpark. It was an indication of a team that no longer has much to say about the mounting losses.
Pitcher Matt Garza said the Cubs continue to show up and play despite having the worst record (24-48) in the majors.
Were not quitters. Were going to keep fighting and keep clawing, because thats all we can do, Garza said Sunday. Im getting ready for the next one. Every five days Ill be ready.