Sveum's team failed to get a runner past second base, losing for the 15th time in 18 games and falling 17 games under .500.
"It's the same press conference every day," Sveum said. "It's a broken record. I don't even know what to say to come up with something different. It's just frustrating. I mean, golly. We hit a few balls good ... but other than that there weren't a lot of good at-bats."
Over their last 14 losses, dating to May 16 against the Phillies, opposing starters have compiled a 1.23 earned-run average, allowing two or fewer runs 13 times, and no runs on six occasions. They've managed to score in only nine of their last 81 innings on the road, including a few meaningless late-inning rallies during blowouts.
Add to that a couple of poor defensive plays by catcher Koyie Hill and Alfonso Soriano, and you have all the ingredients of a classic Cubs cocktail — on the rocks, of course.
Travis Wood played the role perfected by Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza, allowing one run on three hits over seven innings in his best performance to date. But the incredibly shrinking offense made it another wasted outing.
"That's as good as I've seen Woody pitch, even when he was with Cincinnati," Sveum said. "Basically he threw the ball wherever he wanted it."
Wood threw 4 1/3 hitless innings before Angel Pagan doubled to left and came around to score on a two-out single by Joaquin Arias. Right fielder Reed Johnson made a good throw to the plate, but Hill failed to catch it.
"He'll probably tell you it was far enough out in front (to catch)," Sveum said. "He might have gone for the tag too early and took his eye off of it. I don't think it was ever in his glove. I think he'll tell you he should've caught that 99 out of 100 times."
Hill called it a "textbook" play he messed up.
"I don't know if I would've done anything different," he said. "I went to cover up the ball with my bare hand like you're taught to do, and the ball just popped out of the end. It's just one of those things. Priority No. 1 is to catch the ball. It didn't happen."
Speedster Gregor Blanco scored from first on Melky Cabrera's single to left in the eighth, making it 2-0. Blanco was running on the pitch and never stopped when third-base coach Tim Flannery saw Soriano set up to throw to second.
"Another brain fart," Sveum said, repeating a term he used to describe Starlin Castro's baserunning gaffe on Friday.
"We've got to be smart (enough to know that) when a pretty fast runner is taking off stealing, that on a ball like that, you've got to get that in. We don't care if the guy goes to second. (Blanco) is going to score easy if you throw that ball to second base."