A Forgettable Thursday, Cubs Drop Both Games

I mentioned in an earlier blog post that what could be better than two Cubs games in one day, well I meant as long as they don’t lose both.  That’s exactly what happened today, as the Cubs fell 12-2 to the D-Backs, and 7-5 against the Rockies.  Very few if any bright spots today, but Junior Lake and Michael Brenly hit HR’s, so there’s that.  Kerry Wood got knocked around, so did Dempster, and Carlos Marmol tightroped his way thru a scoreless inning.

BATTING 2B: LaHair (1, Chacin), Cardenas (2, Friedrich), DeJesus (2, Friedrich). 3B: Jackson, B (1, Friedrich). HR: Lake (1, 6th inning off Friedrich, 2 on, 2 out). TB: DeJesus 2; Gonzalez; Cardenas 2; LaHair 4; Mather; Jackson, B 3; Lake 4. RBI: Mather (6), Lake 3 (3). 2-out RBI: Lake 3. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lake; Castillo, W; Cardenas; Jackson, B; Campana. Team RISP: 1-for-13. Team LOB: 8. BASERUNNING SB: Lake (3, 2nd base off Torres, C/Castillo, W), LaHair (2, 3rd base off Chacin/Rosario, W). FIELDING E: Castillo, W (1, throw), Adduci (1, throw). DP: (Castillo, W-DeWitt).

BATTING 2B: Byrd (1, Enright), Soto (1, Enright). HR: Brenly (1, 8th inning off Paterson, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Johnson, Re; Byrd 3; Castro, S 2; Szczur; Soto 3; Brenly 4; Scales; Amezaga. RBI: Szczur (2), Brenly (1). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Soto 2; Amezaga; Soriano, A; Vitters; Ha. Team RISP: 1-for-12. Team LOB: 10. FIELDING Outfield assists: Byrd (Blanco, H at 2nd base). DP: 2 (Scales-Baker, Je, Amezaga-Scales-Rizzo).

Up Next:

 Matt Garza will make his third Cactus League start on Friday when the Cubs play host to the Giants at HoHoKam Park in Mesa. So far this spring, Garza has given up six runs on six hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings, serving up four of those runs in 1 1/3 innings in his last outing against the Dodgers. In that game, Garza stuck to two pitches and said he expected to add more in his next start. Friday’s game will be broadcast on Cubs.com. Plus, the final four of the bunting tournament will be held after batting practice. It’ll be Paul Maholm vs. Casey Coleman and Welington Castillo vs. David DeJesus. (Via Carrie Muskat)

Thanks for reading,

George Cotugno

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