Hopes of staking Cubs starter Chris Volstad to an early lead and give the pitcher some confidence before heading out for the second inning quickly dissipated when Alfonso Soriano and Ian Stewart went down on strikes ending the inning.
The inability of the Cubs to capitalize and string together hits and drive men in from scoring position is continuing to hamstring the team that sorely needs some more offensive punch. Additional firepower would also afford the Cubs pitching staff the luxury of not needing to be perfect.
The Dodgers did what the Cubs couldn’t do in the first when Chris Capuano came to the plate in the second and delivered a Volstad into the gap between Joe Mather and David DeJesus in right center for a two run double.
Capuano was a one man Cub wrecking crew this Saturday afternoon as the lefty threw seven shutout innings while delivering the two run double, his first RBI’s since the 2007 season as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Cubs avoided the shutout in the ninth inning after an Ian Stewart base hit plated Starlin Castro, who had three hits on the afternoon bringing his average on the season to .352.
However, on a day when Capuano had everything working in his favor and Chris Volstad not able to avoid the big inning yet again the Cubs fell to the Los Angeles squad 5-1.
Volstad dropped his record to 0-4 and sports a lofty 6.55 ERA. The loss marks the 17th consecutive start in which the 6’ 8’’ righty acquired for Carlos Zambrano in the offseason has failed to record a win.
Looking for a bright side Cubs fans?
Embattled reliever Carlos Marmol threw a scoreless eighth inning dropping his ERA to 5.59
Okay, that’s not exactly a bright side but at least no one blew a save today in Chicago.
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