Game Twenty – Cubs 0 Diamondbacks 10
WP – Doug Davis (2-3) LP – Ryan Dempster (1-1) Save – None
Maybe Alfonso Soriano knows something that the Cubs front office is not willing to admit yet. Soriano told the Sun-Times before Tuesday night’s game, “We’re too much relaxed. We’ve got to go out and fight. We’ve been giving the ‘W’ to the other teams, because from what I see we’re not fighting win. We just play nine innings, and what happen, happens. We don’t play nine innings and try to get wins. The years two years, I saw more hunger to win.”
Alfonso Soriano then helped lead his team to victory on Tuesday night…but Wednesday, it was back to the same Cubs that’s been taking the field for the last week.
The problem with the team right now was summed up by Pat Hughes during the game…the Cubs were not competitive on Wednesday and we not in three of the six games on the road trip. The Cubs finished with a 2-4 record and the ‘effort‘ on Wednesday was the worst of them all.
The Cubs did not pitch, hit or catch the ball. What is the line from Bull Durham? While it is only 20 games into the season and there are 142 left it is time for the Cubs to wake up and realize no one is just going to roll over and let them win a ballgame…much less a division or a playoff game.
Lou Piniella’s offense managed two hits and was shutout for the second time in the last week on Wednesday. While they worked the count early on against Doug Davis, they managed only two walks and three all afternoon…just six baserunners, and that is not going to win any games at the big league level.
From the mound Ryan Dempster had another bad inning and with the fact the Cubs are not hitting right now, the three runs in the first inning might as well been ten. Dempster walked the leadoff hitter and after an infield single by Augie Ojeda, a passed ball and a ground rule double the Cubs were in a hole they simply could not get out of.
Carlos Marmol, Jeff Samardzija and Kevin Gregg allowed the game to get way out of hand in the seventh. Marmol walked the bases loaded before issuing his fourth walk to Connor Jackson that forced in Ryan Roberts with the D’Backs sixth run. Piniella pulled Marmol for Samardzija and he struck out Chris Young before giving up a bases clearing two-out double to Justin Upton. When it was all said and done, Arizona scored five times in the seventh on five walks, on intentional, and only one hit.
Kevin Gregg started the eighth and retired the first two batters with ease before the wheels came off. Gregg issued a two-out walk to Augie Ojeda, then a single to Chad Tracy before walked the free-swinging Mark Reynolds to load the bases. Gregg walked Connor Jackson with the bases loaded to force in the Diamondbacks’ tenth and final run.
David Patton struck out Justin Upton to end the inning. In the final two innings, Cubs’ pitching walked eight batters, three with the bases loaded. The Diamondbacks scored 10 runs on Wednesday on eight hits and the free-swinging lineup walked 10 times.
Thursday is a new day, one that might begin with the Cubs placing Aramis Ramirez on the DL…but no matter what happens, Lou Piniella must start insisting on his team competing day in and day out.
The Cubs open a four-game series on Thursday night at Wrigley against the Florida Marlins. Sean Marshall is slated to face Chris Volstad.