Cubs Drop 1st Two Games in DC, Look to Rebound with Volstad on the Hill – Wrigley Field 9/4/12

Posted on 04 September 2012 by Lou

The Nationals have taken the 1st 2 games of the series against the Cubs with 2-1 and 11-5 victories.  The Nats improved their major league best record to 83-52.

Jeff Samardzija pitched well on Labor Day, but suffered the loss as the Cubs could not muster any offense. Samardzija fell to 8-13 on the season despite allowing just 1 ER on 7 hits and 1 walk in 7 innings pitched.  He struck out 8 and walked just 1 batter as he lowered his ERA to 3.91 and his WHIP to 1.26.  Starlin Castro and Wellington Castillo each had 2 hits in the loss and Castillo knocked in the only Cubs run with a single in the 9th inning that cut the Nats lead in half.  But it was too little too late.

Chris Rusin and the Cubs bullpen served up 6 homers to the Nationals in the 11-5 loss on Tuesday night.  Rusin lasted just 1 inning (he did not record an out in the 2nd inning) before being pulled by Skipper Dale Sveum.  His line was not pretty — 5 ER on 8 hits with a walk and a strikeout.  His WHIP ballooned to 2.00 as his ERA skyrocketed to 9.00.  It was his 2nd loss in 2 starts this season.  Alfonso Soriano did hit his 26th home run and tallied his 2nd triple of the season.  Luis Valbuena, Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro each had 2 hits in the loss.

The Cubs are a woeful 51-84 on the season and it looks like they could suffer a 100-loss season in 2012.  Ouch…

At least they are still finding ways to have fun – check out the picture of Rookie picture Jaye Chapman carrying the “Dora The Explorer Backpack” to the Cubs bullpen before the start of the game!

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