Rough First Dooms Dempster

To almost everyone’s surprise, Ryan Dempster started tonight in St. Louis against the Cardinals.  Surprising in that Dempster was rumored to be pulled from his start by a number of baseball insiders because of a trade that was imminent.  Well, the trade hasn’t happened yet, and Dempster wasn’t pulled from his start, so just a normal day I guess.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Dempster’s head was elsewhere at the start of the game with everything that is going on, I’m sure he won’t admit it, but it’s hard not to notice.  Dempster’s scoreless innings streak ended almost immediately as the Cardinals scored three times in the first inning after Dempster recorded an out, ending his streak at 33.1 scoreless innings.  Dempster settled down however only allowing one more run over the next five innings.  He finished the night after six innings giving up four runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out two, his ERA shoots all the way up to 2.11 on the season.  The Cubs offense couldn’t get anything going against Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse, only recording seven hits and one run in the loss.  David DeJesus had a good night at the plate going 2-for-4, and the only Cubs run came via a Darwin Barney sacrifice fly.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

FULL BOX SCORE 

Game Highlights:
Valbuena’s Great Play
Barney Flashes Some D
Barney Sac Fly

Thanks for reading,
– George

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