Dodgers 7 – Cubs 3

Box Score / Video Highlights

What Went Wrong

  • Carlos Zambrano allowed five runs in the top of the first.  Falling behind that early in a game makes it difficult to win.  Z left after allowing six total runs in five innings.  His ERA is now 5.28 as all five Cubs starters continue to struggle.
  • Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez and Marlon Byrd all struck out in the first inning.  The Cubs scored twice in the frame but had a chance for more.  When Soriano struck out with runners at second and third to end the inning with the Dodgers leading 5-2, it was an early turning point in the game.
  • Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro each committed errors.  Castro’s blunder led to an unearned run.   Miscues at the big league level are never a good thing, but when these two guys commit errors it makes Cubs fans particularly uncomfortable.
  • Castro went 0-for-4, his worst performance of the season.
  • Former Cub Aaron Miles posted three hits to help set the stage for the middle part of the LA order.

What Went Right

  • Darwin Barney had another solid day at the dish, going 2-for-5 with an RBI.  He now has driven in 11 runs this season and has boosted his average to .329.
  • Justin Berg retired the side in order in his season debut.  After a rough spring training, it is important for the right hander to get off to a good start with the big club.
  • The Cubs offense was not silent in the thrashing.  It totaled ten hits, with multi-hit Easter Sundays turned in by Kosuke Fukudome, Barney, Ramirez and Marlon Byrd.

News & Notes

  • Today was Zambrano’s first loss since last August.
  • It  is not official, but it looks like the Cubs are leaning toward giving James Russell another start on Tuesday.  He worked a side session this weekend and be treated more like a starter this time around.  The Cubs hope that this will lead to better results.
  • The Cubs are now 0-4 on Sundays this season.  However, they are 3-0 on Mondays entering tomorrow night’s battle with the Rockies.
  • Quade showed a little fire today, arguing with third base umpire Jeff Nelson about whether or not Jerry Sands legally tagged on a fly ball before scoring in the first inning.

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Aaron Miles (.155 WPA)

2nd Star – Hiroki Kuroda (.091 WPA)

3rd Star– Matt Kemp (.090 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Buddy 3-0 (1.00)

Joe 5-5 (.500)

Mark 2-2 (.500)

Chet 0-1 (.000)

Brandon 0-3 (.000)

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