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Thursday, April 07, 2005

D'backs 8, Cubs 3

Cubs dropped another one in Arizona last night, making them 12-21 all time at the BOB. It seems the D-backs have the Cubs number, beating them 2 out of 3 to open this season, and beating them 4 out of 6 last year during thier 111-loss season. Granted those games were early in the year before Arizona's season went down the toilet, but it still sucks to lose a season series to the worst team in the majors.

Last night's game marked Ryan Dempster's first start since July of 2003 and altough his stat line indicates otherwise, he didn't have too bad of a start. Dempster struck out 7 in 3 and 2/3, and had pretty good location. His major problem was not being able to close out the Diamondbacks after getting 2 outs in the inning. Arizona scored 5 of their 7 runs off of Dempster with 2 outs. I like what Dempster brings to the staff but I'm not sure if we wouldn't be better off having him in the pen and bringing Glendon Rusch into the starting rotation.

As for the offense, the Cubs showed good patience at the plate and made good contact. The problem was damn near every ball they hit was at an Arizona fielder. There were a few line drives hit on the button that were caught by D-backs, including a screaming line drive by Barrett that ended up being a double play. D-backs pitcher Brandon Webb also did a good job with his sinker, forcing a good amount of ground ball outs.

The Cubs come home now to face a Brewers team that essentially trashed the Pirates in two games at PNC. We got Woody, Big Z, and the Mad Dog going in that series so that's a plus. I expect nothing less than the Cubbies to take 2 of 3 from the hot-hitting Brew Crew.

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