It was another frustrating road loss for the Cubs as the bats went dead and the pitching wasn’t “perfect” enough to win the close 3-2 ball game against the Pirates.
Ryan Dempster lost 3-2 for the 2nd start in a row. He pitched well again, but a 1st inning home run to Andy LaRoche and a 6th inning 2-run home run to Ryan Church ended up being just enough for the Pirates to pick up the W. Dempster ended up pitching 7 innings of 3-run, giving up 8 hits and 1 walk with 7 strike outs. He lowered his WHIP to 1.03 and his ERA to 2.95, but he has just 2 wins on the season, mainly because of poor run support.
Against Paul Malholm, the Cubs managed 8 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings. But the lack of clutch hitting meant that the Cubs would only score twice – on solo home runs from Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto. Other than that, it was the same old story – getting guys in scoring position with 1 out or no outs, and not coming away with any runs at all. Even plating one run in those situations would mean a tie ball game and extra innings, but it seems like the Cubs go into these funks where no one comes through with the clutch hit.
Ted Lilly looks to bounce back tonight against the Pirates after a rough 2nd start to his 2010 season. He served up 7 ER to the DBacks last Thursday at Wrigley Field.