Dempster's streak ends at 33 innings

July, 20, 2012
7/20/12
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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ST. LOUIS -- The first inning Friday was not kind to Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, who saw his 33-inning scoreless streak come crashing to a halt.

Dempster, the subject of constant trade talk, had the streak on the line as he was making what was believed to be his last start in a Cubs uniform.

Carlos Beltran ended Dempster’s scoreless streak with an RBI single, the third consecutive single in the opening inning. Yadier Molina followed with an RBI single of his own, while Lance Berkman had an RBI ground out to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.

Dempster’s 33-inning streak was tied with Ken Holtzman for seventh longest in Cubs history. Ed Reulbach had the longest scoreless streak in Cubs history, going 44 innings in 1908.

Things didn’t get any better for Dempster in the third inning when Matt Holliday crushed a 469-foot home run off of him. It was the longest home run in the seven-year history of new Busch Stadium.

It was the first time in six starts, Dempster had allowed a run. The home run was the first he allowed since giving up three to the San Diego Padres on May 30.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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