Rapid Reaction: Brewers 2, Cubs 1
April, 11, 2012
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs dropped their third consecutive game to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, losing 2-1 at Wrigley Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Cubs starter Ryan Dempster had his second strong outing of the season wasted by his team’s lack of offense. Coming off a two-hit, one-run, 7 2/3-inning performance in the season opener, a 2-1 Cubs’ loss, Dempster couldn’t get any support again Tuesday. Dempster allowed five hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings, but picked up the loss because the Cubs couldn’t score more than their one first-inning run. Brewers catcher George Kottaras decided the game with a two-run home run in the seventh inning.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Cubs have had different areas of their game trouble them over the first six games. There’s been the bullpen (games 1, 2, 4) and starting pitching (game 5). But overall, the Cubs’ biggest reoccurring problem has been their offense. They’ve now scored only 19 runs in six games. In Wednesday’s loss, they had runners in scoring position in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings, but they weren’t able to capitalize in any of those situations. Nine of the Cubs’ final 10 outs came on strikeouts.
OUTSIDE THE BOX: Two names missing from Wednesday’s box score were Ryan Braun and Corey Hart for the Brewers. They combined for five hits, two runs and one RBI in the first two games against the Cubs, but were both given Wednesday off.
OFF BEAT: Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he was quickly becoming a morning person with his team’s upcoming schedule. Wednesday’s game marked the beginning of five consecutive day games for the Cubs.
UP NEXT: Cubs pitcher Matt Garza (0-0, 3.00) faces the Brewers in his second start of the season at 1:20 p.m. CT Thursday. Garza allowed five hits and two runs in his season debut on Saturday. Brewers will counter with Zach Greinke (1-0, 0.00), who allowed four hits and no runs in seven innings against the St. Louis Cardinals last week.