Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 3, Cubs 1
August, 4, 2012
A quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.
How it happened: Cubs starter Chris Volstad threw seven solid innings in his return to the majors but was outdueled by the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw. The Cubs offense scored just once on three hits on Alfonso Soriano's fourth-inning double that drove in Darwin Barney. Volstad allowed two runs on six hits, striking out three and walking one. Both runs off Volstad came on a Matt Kemp homer.
What it means: The Cubs fell to 16-38 in road games and have lost four straight. Meanwhile, Volstad’s winless streak reached 21 games, dating back to last season. He is 0-13 in those games after Saturday’s loss.
Outside the box: Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney eclipsed Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg's franchise record for consecutive errorless games in one season at that position with his 91st in a row. The NL single-season record is 113, by David Eckstein with San Diego in 2010.
Up next: The Cubs try to avoid a sweep in Sunday’s series finale, sending Justin Germano (1-1, 3.38 ERA) to the mound against the Dodgers’ Aaron Harang (7-6, 3.76) in a 3:10 CT start.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.