It was not the way the Cubs wanted to start the series with the Dodgers – an embarrassing 12-2 loss to a team that had been struggling to score runs. Boy is this going to be another fun season!
The Cubs pitching was simply awful.
Casey Coleman worked out of trouble during the 1st two innings before finally getting touched for 6 ER while retiring just 2 batters in a 6-run 3rd inning. Coleman’s line is a joke – 2 2/3 innings, 6 hits, 6 ER, 4 walks and a whopping 90 pitches!
Jeff Stevens line was not much better although he did allow just 1 hit in his 3 1/3 innings. Stevens allowed 3 ER on the 1 hit and 6 walks and he tossed a whopping 89 pitches! He really took one for the team which has major pitching issues with the recent injuries to Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner. Never thought I would see the day when 179 pitches from just 2 pitchers would only get you through 6 lousy innings.
John Grabow was the lone bright spot – 2 scoreless innings with 2 K’s – before Marcos Mateo had another disastrous outing. Mateo gave up 6 hits in the 9th inning as the Dodgers added 3 “insurance” runs to pad the lead.
Ugly, ugly, ugly.
Kosuke Fukudome was the lone hitting star for the Cubs – he had 3 hits in the lead-off spot. Starlin Castro is still stuck in a “mini-slump”. Castro has just 3 hits in his last 4 games, a streak spanning 17 at-bats. But he is still hitting .369 on the season.
Let’s hope Ryan Dempster fares better today against the Dodgers and can get at least into the 7th inning when he can had it off to Kerry Wood or Sean Marshall or Carlos Marmol to close the door in a Cubs win…