Lost Weekend in St. Louis – Cubs Drop 2 of 3 to Cards – Wrigley Field 4/15/12

Posted on 15 April 2012 by Lou

It was a lost weekend for the Cubs in St. Louis, especially after Jeff Samardzija pitched the Cubs to the opening win of the series on Friday.  Game 1 went smoothly for the Cubs.  Ian Stewart gave the Cubs an early lead with his 3-run homer in the 1st inning.  Bryan LaHair’s 1st career grand slam opened that lead up to 8-0 in the 3rd inning.  Sure, Samardzija made it interesting with his 5-run 5th inning, but the bullpen shut down the Cards offense the rest of the way.  Rafael Dolis worked 2 scoreless innings allowing just 1 hit.  James Russell and Kerry got 3 outs in the 8th inning to set it up for closer Carlos Marmol in a non-save situation in the 9th.  Marmol pitched a perfect 9th with 2 K’s and just like that, the Cubs had their 1st winning streak of 2012.

But the rest of the weekend was awful.  The bats went quiet against Lance Lynn in a 5-1 loss on Saturday and against Jake Westbrook in a 10-3 drubbing on Sunday.  On Saturday and Sunday, the Cubs offense combined for just 4 runs on 12 total hits.  And on Saturday, Chris Volstad pitched 6 innings, but a 4-run 4th inning (due in part to 2 Starlin Castro errors) doomed him and the Cubs.  Volstad only gave up 6 hits and didn’t walk a batter, but Cubs pitchers are going to have to be better than that night in and night out.  On Sunday, Paul Maholm had his 2nd straight awful start giving up 6 ER on 6 hits in just 4 innings of work.  A veteran used to pitching to NL central ball clubs has now racked up a 1.88 WHIP and 13.50 ERA in 2 starts.  Ouch…

The Cubs now travel to Miami to take on Ozzie Guillen, Carlos Zambrano and the new-look Marlins in a much-anticipated series.  I can’t wait…

 

 

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