One Streak Ends … One Streak Continues – Cubs 3, Diamondbacks 8

Game One Hundred Fifty-Seven – Cubs 3, Diamondbacks 8
WP – Ian Kennedy (15-11) LP – Travis Wood (6-13) Save – None

The Cubs dropped to 0-17 on the road versus NL West teams with Friday’s loss to the Diamondbacks and established a new franchise record for the most road losses in a single-season (57).

Travis Wood struggled through his five-inning outing but the Cubs had plenty of opportunities to score runs before the Diamondbacks broke the game open in the eighth inning. And not only did the Cubs lose another game but Darwin Barney committed an error during the Diamondbacks’ three-run eighth inning.

Darwin Barney’s errorless streak came to an end in the eighth inning of Friday night’s game (1,154 1/3 innings). With Aaron Hill at second base, Justin Upton hit a 0-2 pitch back up the middle that Barney fielded and made an off balance throw to first base. The ball skipped past Anthony Rizzo and allowed Hill to score.

Darwin Barney did not commit an error for 141 consecutive games, the longest streak by a second baseman in National League history … both single-season and all-time. Darwin Barney tied Placido Polanco’s all-time mark for consecutive games without an error by a second baseman in a single-season. Polanco was not charged with an error for 141 straight in 2007. Placido Polanco owns the Major League record for the most consecutive games without an error by a second baseman. Polanco did not commit an error for 186 straight games through parts of three seasons (2006-2008).

Travis Wood was hit pretty hard on Friday night. All five of the hits Wood surrendered went for extra bases and led to five runs. Wood gave up three doubles, a solo home run and a two-run blast to Justin Upton. Wood was charged with five runs on five hits with three walks (two to Ian Kennedy) and two strikeouts on 77 pitches, 53 for strikes.

Manny Corpas and James Russell kept Arizona off the board in the sixth and seventh innings but Jaye Chapman struggled in the eighth. Chapman was charged with three earned runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in two-thirds of an inning. Jeff Beliveau allowed an inherited runner (charged to Chapman) to score in the eighth. Beliveau struggled with his command again and gave up a hit, walked a batter and struck out a batter in a third of an inning.

While six of the Diamondbacks ten hits went for extra bases, the Cubs managed only six hits, three for extra bases, and could not take advantage of seven free passes. The Cubs left the bases loaded twice and finished the night 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners on base.

Starlin Castro (3-for-4 with a double and a RBI) collected half of the Cubs’ hits and doubled in Alfonso Soriano (1-for-1 with a run scored and three walks) in the sixth. Soriano walked in each of his first three plate appearances but scored only one run. Dave Sappelt (1-for-5 with a home run and two RBI) tied the game at two in the fifth with his second home run on the trip. Luis Valbuena (1-for-4 with a double) had a rough night at the plate. Valbuena struck out twice with the bases loaded and stranded seven runners on base.

With Friday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 59-98 on the season with five games remaining on the schedule …

David DeJesus worked a walk to start the game (3-2 pitch). Dave Sappelt followed and pulled a 1-2 pitch into left that AJ Pollock hauled in for the first out. Anthony Rizzo struck out swinging (2-2 pitch) on a changeup. Ian Kennedy then issued a two-out free pass to Alfonso Soriano. Starlin Castro notched the Cubs’ first hit, an infield single to the hole at short, to load the bases … but Luis Valbuena struck out swinging to end the inning. Ian Kennedy threw 28 pitches in the first, 16 for strikes, but was able to escape without allowing any runs.

The Diamondbacks came out swinging and jumped out to a lead just 21 minutes into the game. Adam Eaton drove a 2-1 pitch from Travis Wood down the left field line. Eaton ended up at second with a leadoff double. AJ Pollock drove a 1-2 pitch into the opposite field. Pollock doubled to right center and plated Eaton with the first run of the game. Aaron Hill flied out to Soriano in left center (2-1 pitch) for the first out. Justin Upton followed and flied out to DeJesus in right center. Cody Ransom swung at the first pitch and flied out to DeJesus to end the inning. Travis Wood needed 17 pitches, 12 for strikes, to get through the first inning.

The Cubs did nothing in the second … 37 pitches for Kennedy after two, 24 for strikes.

Travis Wood retired the side in order in the second. Wood threw 26 pitches, 19 for strikes, over the first two innings.

After two complete, the Cubs trailed 1-0.

Ian Kennedy mowed down the top of the lineup in the third. Kennedy retired seven in a row after loading the bases in the first inning. Kennedy needed 48 pitches, 32 for strikes, to record nine outs on Friday night.

Travis Wood walked Ian Kennedy to start the third … but it did not cost him a run. Adam Eaton pulled a 1-0 pitch to first. Rizzo fielded and threw to Castro to force Kennedy. Eaton took over at first then advanced to second when AJ Pollock bunted Wood’s first pitch up the third baseline. Wood barehanded the ball and threw a strike to Rizzo. Pollock was called out … and replays showed the Cubs’ caught a break. With Eaton at second, Aaron Hill flied out to left to end the inning. Wood threw 40 pitches, 29 for strikes, over the first three innings.

After three, the Cubs trailed 1-0.

Ian Kennedy wanted nothing to do with Alfonso Soriano and walked him on four pitches to start the inning … but Starlin Castro tapped a 0-1 pitch back to the mound. Kennedy erased the leadoff walk by starting a 1-6-3 double play. Luis Valbuena followed with a double to right. Welington Castillo grounded a 2-0 pitch to McDonald at short to end the inning … 59 pitches, 37 for strikes, for Kennedy after four innings.

The Diamondbacks added to their one-run lead in the fourth. Justin Upton popped out to Darwin Barney in shallow right to start the inning. Cody Ransom followed and launched a 1-1 pitch to deep left. Ransom’s solo shot, his second homer of the season off Cubs’ pitching, gave the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead. Wil Nieves grounded out to third. Mike Jacobs worked a two-out walk but did not advance. John McDonald flied out to left for the third out. Wood threw 60 pitches, 42 strikes, in four innings.

Darwin Barney (groundout to second) and Travis Wood (swinging strikeout) made two quick outs to start the fifth. David DeJesus put together a nine-pitch at bat that ended with a free pass. Dave Sappelt stepped in and launched Kennedy’s first pitch to deep left center. Sappelt’s second homer of the season (and of the trip) tied the game at two. Anthony Rizzo fouled out to deep left (2-2 pitch) to end the inning. Kennedy needed 81 pitches, 53 for strikes, to complete five innings of work.

Travis Wood took the hill in the bottom of the fifth with the game tied at two … but not for long. Wood issued his second free pass of the game to Ian Kennedy. Adam Eaton tried to bunt his way on, settled for a sacrifice and advanced Kennedy into scoring position. Pollock popped Wood’s first pitch to Darwin Barney for the second out. Aaron Hill pulled a 1-1 pitch into left center for a double and drove in Kennedy with the D-Backs’ third run. Justin Upton followed and launched a 1-1 pitch to deep left. The ball left the park in a hurry and Arizona took a commanding 5-2 lead. Cody Ransom struck out swinging to end the inning. Wood allowed three runs on two hits and a walk to the pitcher in the fifth. Wood threw 77 pitches over five innings, 53 for strikes.

After five complete, the Cubs trailed 5-2.

Alfonso Soriano led off the sixth with his third walk of the game. Starlin Castro followed and ripped a 2-1 pitch into the gap in left center. The ball rolled all the way to the wall and Soriano scored the Cubs’ third run. Luis Valbuena popped out to Hill in shallow right for the first out. Welington Castillo grounded a 3-2 pitch back up the middle. Aaron Hill fielded and threw out Castillo at first as Castro advanced to third. Darwin Barney walked, the Cubs’ sixth free pass of the game. With runners on first and third with two down, Kirk Gibson decided that was enough for Ian Kennedy. Matt Albers took over and retired pinch hitter Adrian Cardenas on a grounder to second (0-1 pitch) to end the inning.

Manny Corpas retired the side in order in the sixth.

After six complete, the Cubs trailed 5-3.

Matt Albers recorded the first two outs in the seventh inning on just two pitches. DeJesus flied out to left on the first pitch and Sappelt grounded out to short on the first pitch. But Anthony Rizzo worked a two-out walk. Alfonso Soriano lined Albers’ first pitch into center. Rizzo held at second with two down. Castro then collected his second infield hit of the night. Castro hit a 2-2 pitch back up the middle that McDonald made a sensational play on. McDonald dove and flipped the ball with his glove to Hill at second. It appeared that Hill was pulled off the bag but replays showed the Cubs caught a break. Luis Valbuena stepped to the plate and Kirk Gibson went to his pen for Matt Lindstrom.

Lindstrom fell behind Valbuena 3-0 but got the call on a 3-1 pitch then struck out Valbuena swinging with his next pitch to end the inning. The Cubs were 2-for-8 with RISP and left nine on base in the first seven innings.

Manny Corpas took the hill to start the seventh but as soon as Gerardo Parra was announced as the pinch-hitter for Lindstrom, Dale Sveum went to his pen for James Russell. Parra popped out to Castro in shallow left for the first out. Adam Eaton pulled a single into right. Before a 1-1 pitch to AJ Pollock, Russell caught Eaton leaning and picked him off from first. Pollock was caught in the rundown and Welington Castillo finally tagged him out (1-3-6-3-4-2). Pollock popped out to Rizzo to end the inning.

After seven complete, the Cubs trailed 5-3.

The Cubs did nothing against David Hernandez in the eighth.

Jaye Chapman took over in the eighth and gave up a double to Aaron Hill. Justin Upton smacked a 0-2 pitch back up the middle. Darwin Barney fielded the ball and made an off-balance throw to first. The ball skipped past Rizzo and Barney was charged with an error as Hill scored Arizona’s sixth run … and Barney’s streak of 141 consecutive games without an error came to an end. The inning quickly unraveled at that point. Chapman struck out Ransom swinging (3-2 pitch) for the first out but Upton swiped second during the at bat. Wil Nieves grounded out to short and Chapman intentionally walked Mike Jacobs. Jason McDonald pulled a 0-1 pitch into left. Upton scored and the D-Backs took a 7-3 lead. As soon as Ryan Wheeler was announced as the pinch-hitter for David Hernandez, Dale Sveum went to his pen for lefty Jeff Beliveau. Kirk Gibson countered with Chris Young. Beliveau walked Young to load the bases.

With the bags packed and two down, Adam Eaton lined a 1-2 pitch back up the middle. Jeff Beliveau stuck up his glove and deflected the ball toward short. Castro barehanded the ball and threw to first late. Jacobs scored and the D-Backs took an 8-3 lead. Beliveau struck out Pollock swinging to end the inning.

The Cubs went to the ninth down 8-3 … and the top of the lineup did nothing against J.J. Putz.

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

Justin Germano is scheduled to face Trever Cahill on Saturday night.

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  • John_CC

    I did not watch the game tonight…i haven’t been lately…i missed the E 4. But the Gold Glove belongs to Barney this year. Hands down!

    • Theboardrider

      That is exciting

    • paulcatanese

      John, I watched the play over and over and in slow motion also, 999 times out of 1000, Rizzo makes that scoop,but the calls even out, I guess.
      Brandon Phillips has the edge because of his exposure on MLB and his big mouth.
      As you though, I feel that it belongs to Barney.

      • John_CC

        Thanks Paul, I’ll have to find the replay.

        I wonder if Sveum will vote for Phillips, and if Dusty will vote for Barney?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Germano has made 11 starts and is 2-9. Now if he can lose this one, the Cubs will have 4 ten game losers: Samardzija, Wood, Volstad and Germano. Germano made an interesting comment to ESPN yesterday. Here it is….

    “The Cubs will hand the ball to Justin Germano (2-9, 6.18), who looks to snap a seven-start losing streak.Germano has a 7.86 ERA over his last seven starts and hasn’t completed six innings in any of them. He gave up four runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 6-3 loss to St. Louis on Sunday.”(But) I’ve had a pretty good year all around,” said Germano, acquired from Boston in July for cash considerations. “I just had four rough starts that I had back-to-back-to-back-to back and I don’t want my season to end on that.”

    • paulcatanese

      Read the article Rip, one thing for sure, Germano is drinking something from a cup that he feels is 3/4 full,
      of what I don’t know. He is not very good.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Look at what $25.4 million dollars per year can buy….

    Pujols: .287…30 HR…102 RBI

    Compare with the bargain of Soriano at about $18 million…
    .263….31 HR…106 RBI

    Just think how lousy this year would have been without him. He’s provided valuable offense for the team and batting order protection for Mr. Rizzo.

    • paulcatanese

      Agree Rip, but now their walking him frequently to get to Castro, I guess other teams won’t let Soriono beat them.
      That’s a compliment for Soriono.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Sveum is trying his best to avoid the 100 games loss marker.

    He’s playing his A-team.
    He sits Jackson, Vitters, Cardenas in favor of Valbeuna, DeJesus/Sappelt, Soriano and Barney.

    • paulcatanese

      Well Rip, now that Barney has “outlived his usefelness”
      look for him to be on the bench, even to be traded. That ought to make a lot of posters happy.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Nobody has clinched a division in the AL just yet…with 5 games to go!

    Look at the AL Central: Detroit leads with a mere 84 wins. And the AL West has 3 teams with a better record, the worst being the LAA with 87 wins. And the LAA ain’t a goin’ to the playoffs.

    Meanwhile the Cubs are 7 games ahead of the Astros. With 3 games coming between them, that gap could possibly narrow. The Astros have played .500 ball over the last 20 games.