Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

The Good: The good was as scarce as rain in southern Wisconsin. Aside from the sequence of LaHair’s walk, Clevenger’s single, and Barney’s sac fly in the second, not much else happened. Rizzo recorded another hit, making his average an incredible .333. He is .51 points ahead of the other starters on the team. 

The Mediocre: Dempster gave up 3 runs in the first inning, ending his scoreless streak at 33. He is tied with Ken Holtzman who managed the same feat in 1969. 

After Demp’s disappointing first inning, the only other mistake he made was the longest home run at New Busch Stadium, a 469 footer to Matt Holiday. Dempster had a sense of humor about it, saying that it was hit so hard, it traveled all the way to the Arch.

After tonight’s outing, his ERA is a whopping 2.11, which is tied for first place in the league. You know who he’s tied with? Chris Sale of the White Sox. Rumors were speculating about Dempster going to the South Side, and if he was to go there Sale would need to be part of the deal.

Speaking of trade rumors, has anyone heard anything about Dempster possibly being traded?

In all seriousness, I thought he would have been traded to the Dodgers before the game. I am extremely curious to see what happens, because there is the possibility that he doesn’t get traded.

Summary: Today’s Cubs looked like the Cubs we’ve been used to this season. Very little offense and the pitching got into an early hole. There was just a lot of mediocrity on the Cubs end of the game. It has been fun watching the Cubs play well, but can the Cubs win next year with this team? Probably not. 

Colorado: Today was a horribly tragic day in Colorado, after 12 people were killed and 38 were injured in a movie theater shooting. Keep the families of the victims in your thoughts and prayers. 

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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