The Chicago Cubs are not getting off to the start that they wanted in 2009. After starting the season with a 4-2 road trip, the Cubs have lost 6 of their last 10 games and find themselves at the .500 mark for the 1st time this year. With injuries mounting – Carlos Marmol and Aramis Ramirez were injured in Friday night’s loss to the Cards – the Cubs are pushing way too hard too early in the season.
The Cubs bats have been eerily quiet for the last week or so. The Cubs did not score until the 7th inning on Friday night, and even then, 2 out of the 3 runs scored were unearned because of an error that prolonged the inning. Even with the error, the Cubs failed to really take advantage of the break when Ryan Theriot grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and no one out. Sure it drove in the tying run, but it didn’t provide the Cubs with the big knockout punch that could have helped the Cubs end their 2- game losing streak.
The Cubs ended up losing the game in the bottom of the 8th inning. After an Albert Pujols single and stolen base, Ryan Ludwick knocked in Pujols with the winning run with a single of Carlos Marmol. Marmol then left the game with pain on the inside of his left knee.
Ryan Dempster pitched a decent enough ball game – 6 innings, 7 hits and 3 earned runs, with 1 walk and 6 K’s. Dempster had one bad inning when he gave up a 2-run double to Joe Thurston and an RBI single to Skip Schumacher. Other than that, he mainly stayed out of trouble.
The Cubs and Cards resume the series on Saturday afternoon in St. Louis. Sean Marshall will face off against Mitchell Boggs.