June 18, 2008

Cubs 2, Devil Rays 3: Dempster Goes for Strikeouts, Apparently

Cubs (45-26)000010001261
Devil Rays (41-29)01000110-3100
W: Balfour (1-0) L: Cotts (1-0) S: Percival (16)


Ryan Dempster struck out 6 and allowed one run in his start against the Devil Rays yesterday. That sounds good until I let you know that he did that in only 5 innings because he threw 107 pitches. Methinks he should focus more on getting people out instead of trying to boost his strikeout totals. He’s unlikely to catch Edinson Volquez, anyway.

Overall, the Cubs pitching was fine, but they demonstrated a marked lack of offense. The heart of the lineup failed to get a hit, which generally makes it tough to score runs, let alone win. Still, I suppose the Cubs were due for an non-off-day off day. Every team loses sometime.

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