Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, Cubs 2
By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field:
How it happened: A ninth-inning rally fell short as Darwin Barney lined out off of closer Joe Nathan with the bases loaded. Center fielder Craig Gentry made a diving catch on the play. Travis Wood and Derek Holland were locked in a pitchers' duel on another cold night, but reliever Shawn Camp turned a 1-0 Cubs deficit into a 4-0 Texas lead when he threw wild to first on a pick-off move in the eighth inning -- scoring a runner from third -- and then gave up a two-run home run to Adrian Beltre. The Cubs managed two hits against Holland with Nate Schierholtz driving in the Cubs' two runs in the ninth with a bases-loaded single, but that's as close as they got.
What it means: Once again the Cubs wasted another solid effort by a starting pitcher. Their offense did little and their bullpen failed to keep the game close. The Cubs have scored three runs in 36 innings this season when a left-hander has opposed them. Dave Sappelt is 1-for-19 to begin the season having started all four games against left-handers. Scott Hairston is 1-for-14 in four starts as well. Though manager Dale Sveum has been adamant about starting those players against lefties he may have to rethink that strategy.
Barney's return: Barney returned from an injury after missing the first 12 games of the season. He had a chance to be the hero but went 0-for-4.
What's next: The series continues on Wednesday as Carlos Villanueva takes the mound for the 4-9 Cubs.