View From The Bleachers

May 5, 2012

Game 27: Volstad Is Bad

Filed under: Featured,General — Katie Cernek @ 9:43 pm

Dodgers 5 @ Cubs 1

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

I got to watch this game in person. Watching the Cubs was a bit painful, but watching Matt Kemp live was definitely worth it. If the wind had not been blowing in, he would have had at least two home runs today.

As for the Cubs, well, they didn’t fare so well.

The Good:

Not much good happened today. However:

  • Castro had 3 of the team’s 5 hits and was the only one to cross home.
  • Stewart improved his batting average to a whopping .196 by going 2-4 with an RBI single.
  • The bullpen (including Marmol!) pitched 4 scoreless innings.
  • Matt Kemp didn’t hit any home runs, thanks to the wind.

The Bad:

There was a lot of bad:

  • First inning – DeJesus popped up to short, and Dee Gordon and Jerry Hairston, Jr. collided, allowing David to safely reach second. Surprisingly (not) the Cubs were unable to capitalize as Soriano and Stewart both went down looking with the bases loaded to end the inning.
  • Second inning – Volstad gave up a two-run double to Chris Capuano (the pitcher) to put the Dodgers up 3-0.
  • Innings 3 & 4 were quick and painless.
  • Fifth inning – Errors. Volstad continued to demonstrate why he was such a great acquisition with a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Then Castro decided to get in on the fun and bobbled a routine grounder to short. Thankfully, no runs scored.
  • Not much happened for the rest of the game.

Wrapping Up:

The Cubs failed to capitalize in the first inning to gain early momentum, which has been a common theme so far this season. Volstad fell to 0-4 on the season and 3 of the Cubs are still batting under .200 (Enter Blake DeWitt, stage left). The game got a little entertaining when Ted Lily got ejected in the fifth and when Matt Kemp made a pretty good diving catch. But from a Cubs fan point of view the game was disheartening to witness; watching on TV is less painful, but when your boyfriend gets you tickets for your birthday, you take them.

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Katie Cernek is a regular contributor to VFTB. She grew up as a Cubs fan in rural Wisconsin and fondly remembers hearing stories of Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, and Ron Santo. You can find Katie on Twitter @heyitskatiec

  • wisconsinjpc

    At least we didn’t give up a lead late. Of course, we didn’t have one to give, but if that’s what it takes…


    14 years ago today, I watched my first ever baseball game and became a Cubs fan. Happy anniversary, Woody!

  • Buddy

    I always liked Buzz Lightyear better.


    I work at his command center. You mean the laser that’s a light bulb!

  • Lizzie

    Happy Birthday Katie!!!

  • Buddy

    Yes, happy b’day!

  • Doc Raker

    Can’t someone else play 3b? Baker, Mather, DeWitt, Seymour, Ron Santo’s son?

  • Katie

    Thanks! :)

  • Jedi

    Six, the number of balls you have to throw DeJesus to walk in the winning run. Nice series win.

  • Pete from Cubs Loyalty

    Yes Volstad is not cutting it for the Cubs. Soriano needs to pick up the lineup to increase production. Cubs need big wins this month.
    Pete from

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