You could see this one coming from a mile away. Ryan Dempster stymied the Braves all game long. He gave up just 2 ER over his 8 stellar innings, scattering 4 hits and 2 walks during the process. He struck out 7, but he labored through the 8th inning, upping his pitch count over the 100-pitch mark. With a slim 1-run lead, it made sense to go to Closer Carlos Marmol to finish off the game. 3 walks later and a bases-clearing triple to Rick Ankiel with 2 outs in the 9th inning, and the Cubs had lost another frustrating game in 2010. The loss was the “Major League Team Called the Cubs” 5th straight loss of the week – Monday through Friday – all at Wrigley Field. It was the Cubs 8th straight loss at home dating back to the last homestand in which the Reds swept them in a weekend series in early August. What is it going to take for this team to win on a consistent basis again?
The simple answer is “A LOT”.
The Cubs offense racked up 10 hits but once again, the team only scored 3 runs. Aramis Ramirez had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Kosuke Fukudome continued his hot hitting with 2 more hits in the lead-off role. Koyie Hill even had 2 hits and an RBI tryuing to make up for his bonehead fielding play the day before. But it wasn’t enough as the Cubs wasted way too many scoring chances all day long.
Derrek Lee made his 1st start for the Braves against his former team – must have been weird for him getting ready in the other locker room and donning a Braves uniform at the Friendly Confines. The Cubs fans gave him a standing ovation during his 1st at-bat in the 1st inning. He went 0 for 4 as Dempster and Marmol each struck him out once.
It’s up to Tom Gorzelanny to try to stop the bleeding today at Wrigley Field — good luck guy!