Cubs Drop Series to Nationals @ Wrigley Field

Posted on 28 April 2010 by Lou

Just when you think the Cubs are going to turn it around riding a 4-game winning streak, they lay an egg and drop the final 2 games of the series to the Nationals @ Wrigley Field.  So painful.  The Cubs reverted their own old recipe for disaster — waste great starting pitching by not getting any clutch hits.  Tom Gorzelanny was the tough-luck lose on Tuesday night as the Cubs couldn’t get through to 67-year veteran Livan Hernandez (just kidding – he’s “only” 35 years old but it seems like he’s been in baseball for 35 years).  Gorzelanny recovered after a shaky first inning to limit the Nats to just 2 ER on 5 hits and 2 walks in 7 solid innings.  Despite having a 1.05 WHIP and 2.45 ERA, Gorzelanny is 0-3 on the season.  Ouch.  The Cubs actually out-hit the Nats 7-6, but they were only able to push through 1 run, on a fielder’s choice in the 2nd inning.

As if the 3-1 loss on Tuesday night wasn’t painful enough, the Cubs repeated the feat on Wednesday afternoon’s 3-2 loss.  Ryan Dempster pitched 8 great innings, allowing just 3 ER on 4 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 2.  Solo home runs to Adam Kennedy in the 1st inning and Adam Dunn in the 4th inning proved might costly for Dempster.  Dempster himself has a nifty 0.98 WHIP and 2.78 ERA, but is just 2-1.  Ouch.  Once again, the Cubs outhit the Nats 9-4, but could only push across 2 runs in the loss.  In each of the 5th, 7th and 8th innings, the Cubs got 2 runners on base but were unable to come through with any clutch hitting to tie the game at 3.  Poor and poorer.  Marlon Byrd led the way with the Cubs futility, leaving 6 runners on base during his 4 at-bats.

The Cubs are back to 2 games under .500, while the Nats improve to 2 games over .500.  The Cubs welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks to Wrigley Field for 4 straight day games from Thursday through Sunday.  Let’s hope the Cubs can find some clutch hitting during this series.  Ted Lilly will make his 2nd start of the 2010 campaign and looks to build off a strong 1st outing in which he pitched 6 scoreless innings against the Brewers in Milwaukee last weekend…

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