Cubs Lose Control, and Winning Streak

Nothing more aggravating then watching pitchers walk the ballpark, and that’s exactly what the Cubs did tonight.  The Cubs walked nine guys over eight innings pitched, that signaled the end of the Cubs four game winning streak as they fell to the Braves 10-3.  Things got off to a much better start as Volstad looked shaky but serviceable in the early innings.  The Cubs trailed 1-0 when the Braves defense started to unravel and the Cubs took advantage.  Dan Uggla showed why he is known as a hitter only as he threw a potential inning ending double play ball into left field which allowed DeJesus to score from first to tie the game at one.  Bryan LaHair and Steve Clevenger followed with two out RBI singles to put the Cubs up 3-1 in the top of the 3rd.  For a second it looked like Chris Volstad was going to break through and get his first win in over a calendar year, but then he remembered that he always has one bad inning, and he had it in the 5th.  Four hits, one walk, and five runs later the Braves had a 6-3 lead and Volstad was out of the game.  The air was taken out of the Cubs in the “Volstad Inning” as they didn’t really threaten the rest of the way, but the Cubs pitchers did nothing to help the cause as they couldn’t find the plate.  Every Cubs hitter in the starting lineup had at least one hit except Luis Valbuena, LaHair and DeJesus each had two.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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Familiar Story for Dempster as Cubs Fall

Ryan Dempster hasn’t had a win in his last 13 starts going back to last season, make that 14, and it’s not for a lack of effort.  Dempster was once again brilliant Tuesday night going 7 strong innings and only allowing one run.  However, much like all of his starts this year the Cubs offense couldn’t put anything together.  Randall Delgado and the Braves bullpen held the Cubs at bay all night, only allowing one run on five hits.  The real damage done tonight was self-inflicted with most of it coming from Kerry Wood.  Wood walked the first two hitters he faced in the 8th inning with the game tied at one, one of those hitters was giving up an out in an attempt to sacrifice a runner to second, that’s usually spells disaster.  Wood finally found the strike zone with the bases loaded and Dan Uggla smacked that pitch into center field scoring two runs to give the Braves a 3-1 lead and that’s how it would end.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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