The weekend started off on a high note as Starlin Castro led the Cubs to an exciting 14-7 over the Reds on Friday night. But just as quickly as every Cubs had an extra skip in their step on Saturday morning, those skips quickly turned to heavy thuds as the Cubs lost to the Reds 14-2 on Saturday and then 5-3 on Sunday. The Cubs won only 1 game on the 6 game road trip through Pittsburgh and Cincinnati and they are now at the bottom of the pile in the weak National League. The Cubs are 14-18, 1/2 game better than the Atlanta Braves and 3.5 games better than the Houston Astros. Both those teams have beaten the Cubs in 3-game series this season already, so it might not be long before we hit the cellar.
On Saturday, after the Cubs battled back to cut an early Reds lead to 3-2 in the top of the 7th inning, the Cubs bullpen blew it for the team.
On Sunday, Ryan Dempster pitched well for 6 innings and the Cubs even took the lead in the top of the 7th on Tyler Colvin’s 2-run home run to right field. But Dempster couldn’t close the deal for a 3rd straight start as he ran into trouble in the bottom of the inning. Dempster gave up a double and single, but was able to record 2 outs to get “close” to getting out of the jam. But he served up a game-winning 3-run home run to Joey Votto and the Cubs lost for the 5th time in 6 games.
The Cubs hobble back home to Wrigley Field to take on the Florida Marlins for 3 games. The Friendly Confines should sure be hopping as Styarlin Castro makes his Wrigley Field debut starting at shortstop and batting 8th. Can’t wait…