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Game 6: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

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Brewers 2 @ Cubs 1

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

Cold temperatures and the early start ensured a lot of empty seats for the Cubs 2-1 loss against the Brewers, a game that matched the two team’s aces against each other.   Ryan Dempster pitched well enough to win for the second time this season, but another offensive outage left him with none.

THE GOOD

  • David DeJesus leading off the game with a double was a pleasant surprise. DeJesus scored two batters later on a sac fly by Starlin Castro to give the Cubs the early lead.
  • Dempster pitched well once again, a complete 180 from his brutal April in 2011. He was one bad pitch away from likely getting out of through the seventh unscathed and setting himself up for the win. His ERA is 1.88 and he has 15 K’s through 14.1 innings pitched with a (0-1) record to show for it. Unfortunate.
  • Soriano continues to make solid plays in the outfield. I’m sure this won’t last throughout the entire season, but it seems like he has taken to some advice from new OF/1B coach Dave McKay. It wasn’t pretty, but Soriano made a great grab in the fifth inning to save a base hit by Carlos Gomez.
  • Steve Clevenger came in for a pinch hit double in the ninth. I have a feeling we’ll see more of him in the later innings moving forward because of the raw power he possesses.
  • Aside from the daily walk by Carlos Marmol, the bullpen pitched very well. The combo of James Russell, Kerry Wood and Marmol went 2.1 innings with 6 K’s and no hits allowed. Wood entered the day with one strikeout and three walks given up, but he struck out the side in the eighth.

THE BAD

  • The early run was nice, but the offense sputtered to get anything going after that. DeJesus’ double was the only extra-base-hit until Clevenger’s last gasp two bagger in the ninth. That’s not going to get it done.
  • The lack of consistent power in this lineup was well documented leading up to the season, but it looks even worse now that we are a few games in. I know home runs aren’t the end all be all in terms of run production, but the Cubs currently have three through six games. There are currently seven players with the same amount, including David Freese. DAVID FREESE!
  • There were a few at bats today that absolutely baffled me, specifically those by Byrd and Soto in the seventh. I get that the team is going with the aggressive approach at the plate, but both players had similar at bats to the one Castro had to end the game the other night. They swung at pitches way out of the zone on the first few pitches and THEN became patient. Geo struck out swinging on the fifth pitch of the at-bat, but Byrd just sat and looked at a pitch that was clearly on the corner. If you are going to be aggressive, be aggressive.

THE UGLY

  • Byrd is now 1-21 on the season. His only hit was in his second at-bat of the season when he drove in Ian Stewart for the first Cubs run of the season. Just looking rather quickly, I believe this is Byrd’s worst start to a season in his career.

GENERAL THOUGHTS

Things aren’t going to get any easier tomorrow for the Cub batters as they face Zack Greinke. As terrible as this sounds I’m hoping for one of two things: Matt Garza pitches out of his mind and the batters get to Greinke early or Garza pitches awful. I can’t stand to watch them waste another great outing by a starting pitcher.

I actually missed the last two innings of the game because I’m moonlighting at a movie theater until my new job starts in May. Since I couldn’t check the score on my phone, I set my score updates to a specific vibrate to let me know if someone had scored. I didn’t receive any mini tremors in my pocket because the Cubs forgot to bring out the thunder sticks.

Here’s hoping they pull it off tomorrow. I can’t stand getting swept, never mind to a division rival.

  • BLPCB

    Only 142 days until college football returns…

  • AC0000000

    Only 142 days until college football returns…

  • BLPCB

    I too would like to beat the Brewers. Looks like this week is Wisconsin’s week off, even if they are Packers fans, all these Brewers fans think Braun did nothing wrong, and it’s getting really annoying. The only thing I like about them is that they’re Packers fans. I tell them I’m from Chicago, but I am a Packers fan. It grinds every Cubs fans gears when I say that, and when I meet Sox fans, I tell them we’re going to be 0 for 2 here, because I’m a Packers fan also

  • AC0000000

    I too would like to beat the Brewers. Looks like this week is Wisconsin’s week off, even if they are Packers fans, all these Brewers fans think Braun did nothing wrong, and it’s getting really annoying. The only thing I like about them is that they’re Packers fans. I tell them I’m from Chicago, but I am a Packers fan. It grinds every Cubs fans gears when I say that, and when I meet Sox fans, I tell them we’re going to be 0 for 2 here, because I’m a Packers fan also

  • Buddy

    The Cubs will win on Thursday! Write it down! Bet the farm! Be the ball! Rock the vote! Be a Pepper! Use the force! 

  • Buddy

    The Cubs will win on Thursday! Write it down! Bet the farm! Be the ball! Rock the vote! Be a Pepper! Use the force! 

  • Eddie Von White

    I’m going to agree with Josh here, ” it looks even worse now that we are a few games in.”  I just couldn’t let myself believe that Dempster could win 1 to nothing. Turns out, I saved myself some grief.

  • Eddie Von White

    I’m going to agree with Josh here, ” it looks even worse now that we are a few games in.”  I just couldn’t let myself believe that Dempster could win 1 to nothing. Turns out, I saved myself some grief.

  • flyslinger2

    I’ve watched more baseball on TV (MNB on ESPN and WGN on FIOS) then I did all of last year. I watch at home now that I’m housebound. 3 games so far this year. I have it figured out-TV is muted so I don’t have to listen to the boring announcers, I have my IPAD playing some prerecorded technical conference and I am folding clothes for Mrs. Fly so that the marital favors are not hindered. Each of the three games are the visual summation of what we VFTB devotees have been prophesying all winter long. It is great to watch baseball purely from the love of the game. It’s also a huge frustration to see so many offensive opportunities that would turn a 1-6 season so far into a 3-3 season or maybe better. Yesterday’s game was no exception.

  • flyslinger2

    I’ve watched more baseball on TV (MNB on ESPN and WGN on FIOS) then I did all of last year. I watch at home now that I’m housebound. 3 games so far this year. I have it figured out-TV is muted so I don’t have to listen to the boring announcers, I have my IPAD playing some prerecorded technical conference and I am folding clothes for Mrs. Fly so that the marital favors are not hindered. Each of the three games are the visual summation of what we VFTB devotees have been prophesying all winter long. It is great to watch baseball purely from the love of the game. It’s also a huge frustration to see so many offensive opportunities that would turn a 1-6 season so far into a 3-3 season or maybe better. Yesterday’s game was no exception.

  • Doug S.

    Must say, this start’s been a little more desperate than recent years. We all know baseball’s a game of streaks. No way this continues down the drain for long. I like Buddy’s enthusiasm.

  • RichBeckman

    Bryd’s mission this year is to make Campana seem an attractive option.

    Two games against the opponents ace resulted in one run scored both times. We should just be grateful they avoided the shutouts.

    This season is going to seriously test the mental mettle of the Cubs’ starters.

    The Brewer home run came on Dempster’s 100th pitch in the seventh after giving up a lead off double and then getting a strike out. Is this already reflecting a lack of confidence in the bullpen?

    • flyslinger2

       You touched on something that I was going to put in my post but the combination of the blog software, DISQUS and the editor on IPAD will sometimes just stop accepting characters.  Along with all the other issues facing this years squad, the coaching staff is going to have to be serious full time cheerleaders for the starting rotation.  They are going to have to constantly program their minds to keep them positive and productive.  After 5 innings, if we aren’t on top by a good margin, it’s over.  This team runs out of gas and talent beyond that.  I was doing a mental count of Dumpster yesterday and he threw 8 or 9 balls to one strike in the fifth and the Brewers got two hits if I recall correctly.  With a normal team you would start to see some action in the BP.  Not so with this team.  I think Sveum is hesitant to go to the BP relying on the starting rotation to stay strong through 7 to 8 innings.  Next up are the Cards.  We could be into the middle of April with 1 win.

    • Well played Beck…that opening statement is Lizzard material

    • Buddy

      Hopefully Campana is never an attractive option for anything more than a reserve role.

  • Doug S.

    Must say, this start’s been a little more desperate than recent years. We all know baseball’s a game of streaks. No way this continues down the drain for long. I like Buddy’s enthusiasm.

  • RichBeckman

    Bryd’s mission this year is to make Campana seem an attractive option.

    Two games against the opponents ace resulted in one run scored both times. We should just be grateful they avoided the shutouts.

    This season is going to seriously test the mental mettle of the Cubs’ starters.

    The Brewer home run came on Dempster’s 100th pitch in the seventh after giving up a lead off double and then getting a strike out. Is this already reflecting a lack of confidence in the bullpen?

    • flyslinger2

      You touched on something that I was going to put in my post but the combination of the blog software, DISQUS and the editor on IPAD will sometimes just stop accepting characters.  Along with all the other issues facing this years squad, the coaching staff is going to have to be serious full time cheerleaders for the starting rotation.  They are going to have to constantly program their minds to keep them positive and productive.  After 5 innings, if we aren’t on top by a good margin, it’s over.  This team runs out of gas and talent beyond that.  I was doing a mental count of Dempster yesterday and he threw 8 or 9 balls to one strike in the fifth and the Brewers got two hits if I recall correctly.  With a normal team you would start to see some action in the BP.  Not so with this team.  I think Sveum is hesitant to go to the BP relying on the starting rotation to stay strong through 7 to 8 innings.  Next up are the Cards.  We could be into the middle of April with 1 win.

    • Well played Beck…that opening statement is Lizzard material

    • Buddy

      Hopefully Campana is never an attractive option for anything more than a reserve role.

  • Eddie Von White

    My daughter sent me a text last night that said “Cubs tickets for tomorrow’s game 19 cents up in the nosebleeds, check Stubhub. So I kid, she wasn’t kidding, the most expensive ticket on there for today’s game is $4.50.

    • cap’n obvious

      that’s 19 cents more than I’d pay to see this team…

    • Doug S.

      19 cents for a Cubs ticket?? I could set a record for money spent on beer vs. ticket ratio.

      • Eddie Von White

        Yeah, I guess they got their 19 cents worth today with Garza, except for his last play when he blew the chance for a complete game shutout. Keith said the ball landed in the 17 row. I hope he didn’t hurt his arm.

  • Eddie Von White

    My daughter sent me a text last night that said “Cubs tickets for tomorrow’s game 19 cents up in the nosebleeds, check Stubhub. So I kid, she wasn’t kidding, the most expensive ticket on there for today’s game is $4.50.

    • cap’n obvious

      that’s 19 cents more than I’d pay to see this team…

    • Doug S.

      19 cents for a Cubs ticket?? I could set a record for money spent on beer vs. ticket ratio.

      • Eddie Von White

        Yeah, I guess they got their 19 cents worth today with Garza, except for his last play when he blew the chance for a complete game shutout. Keith said the ball landed in the 17 row. I hope he didn’t hurt his arm.