6 & Counting – Cubs Drop Series Opener to Reds 9-4 — Wrigley Field 4/20/12

Posted on 20 April 2012 by Lou

The losses keep piling up for skipper Dale Sveum and his mediocre ball club.  The Reds handed the Cubs a 9-4 loss today at Wrigley Field in a brutally cold, annoying contest.  I’m not sure how I missed this, especially after a lot of positives built up during a “successful” spring training.  But this team is bad and it is going to take a LONG time for Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and staff to build it back up.

Chris Volstad dropped to 0-2 after giving up 6 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks in his 5 innings of work.  His 1.38 WHIP and 6.19 ERA needs to improve.  The Cubs position players didn’t help much – they committed 3 errors in the field and managed just 5 hits.  The Reds committed 2 errors themselves leading to 3 unearned runs on the day.  Not good when only 1 of your 4 runs scored was a legit run. The star of the day was clean-up hitter Bryan LaHair who had 2 doubles on the day.

The Cubs also got some bad news off the field.  They placed Kerry Wood on the 15-day with shoulder tiredness.  And Ryan Dempster has a sore right quadriceps muscles which he had examined in Chicago today.  If he can’t go on Sunday against the Reds, Randy Wells will make the spot start for the Cubs in the series finale against the Reds.

The Cubs are now on a 6-game losing streak.  Their 3-11 record is the worst in baseball and they trail the NL Central leading St. Louis Cardinals by 6.5 games already…

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