So much for that great Cubs finish – the last 2 losses show that the Cubs are still a long ways away from being an NL playoff contender anytime soon.
Thursday 9/23/10 – Cubs 0, Giants 13 – Ouch. Ryan Dempster was denied his 15th win of the season, as he couldn’t even get out of the 2nd inning. The Giants used a 9-run 2nd inning to blow the game open courtesy of 2 home runs and 6 RBI’s from the “light-hitting” Juan Uribe in the 2nd inning alone. He hit his 1st 2-run HR of the inning off of Dempster and then drilled a Grand Slam off of Thomas Diamond to cap the scoring. Dempster has had a few rough outings of late. Last night, he ended up giving up 9 ER on 7 hits and 2 walks. He gave up 7 ER to the Pirates back on August 31st. Dempster will look to pick up win #15 next week and he also needs 8 K’s in order to reach 200 for the season. He is already over 200 innings pitched for the 3rd consecutive season since being switched from closer to the starting rotation. While Dempster is no ace, he is a solid #3 starter. Problem is that the Cubs don’t have a #1 or #2 starter right now.
Friday 9/24/10 – Cubs 1, Cards 7 – Ouch again. The Cubs managed just 6 hits and a walk off of Adam Wainwright who picked up his 20th win of the season. The Cubs didn’t fare much better against Kyle McClellan and Ryan Franklin as the duo retired 9 of the 10 batters they faced to finish off the Cubs. Aramis Ramirez accounted for the lone Cubs run with his solo home run. Tom Gorzelanny was downright bad in his 1st start since August 27th – 7 ER on 7 hits and 5 walks in 3 1/13 innings. Overall, it was just another bad day for the Cubs at Wrigley. The Cubs have now scored just 3 runs in 4 games this week. They have been shutout twice and lost 7-1 today. Not good…
The Cubs hope that Casey Coleman can even up the series when he takes on Chris Carpenter at Wrigley Field tomorrow afternoon with an early 12:05PM start.