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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