For his 3rd straight start, the long ball did in Ryan Dempster and the Chicago Cubs. Dempster pitched a solid 6 innings on Sunday afternoon allowing just 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks during the game’s 1st 6 innings. But he hit the wall in the 7th inning, allowing a double and a single and then Joey Votto’s game-winning 3-run home run to give the Reds a 5-3 lead. It was the 3rd straight start for Dempster in which he allowed a home run late in his start that turned out to be the game winner.
Sunday’s loss was eerily similar to his last start which kicked off the Cubs losing streak in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. The Cubs took a 2-1 lead over the Pirates in the 6th inning, only to have Dempster serve up a game-winning 2-run homer to Ryan Church in the bottom of inning. The game ended 3-2.
And in his previous start against the Nationals on April 28th, Dempster served up a solo home run to Adam Dunn in the 4th inning which gave the Nationals a 3-2 lead. That proved to be the game winner as neither team scored for the final 5+ innings of the game.
Dempster is now a deceiving 2-3 on the season. With his 1.07 WHIP and 3.44 ERA, you would think he would have more wins than losses. Oh well…