Dodgers Beat Cubs 10-3, Take 2-0 Series Lead. Errors And Lack Of Offense Kill The Cubs

Call It The Rawlings Curse, But Errors Will Never Win Playoff Games. Never.

10/3/08 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect


The Dodgers never let up on the Cubs, beating them 10-3 in Game 2 of the NLDS. The Cubs were hurt badly by errors, as they had 4 costly ones, including 2 in the Dodgers' 5-run 2nd inning.

The front end of the Dodgers lineup was solid, as each of their first 6 hitters had at least one hit, and their first 3 hitters combined for 7 RBI.

Cubs' starter Carlos Zambrano only gave up 3 earned runs, but the 4 unearned runs put the game out of reach early. Errors by Mark DeRosa, Derek Lee, Aramis Ramirez and Ryan Theriot hurt the Cubs badly.

The other aspect in which the Cubs failed was their offense. Chad Billingsley was very effective against them, allowing only 1 run in 6+ innings, and striking out 7. The Cubs managed only 5 hits in the first 8 innings. They got to Takashi Saito in the 9th, but it wasn't nearly enough. Mark DeRosa drove in Derek Lee and Aramis Ramirez with a double in the 9th for the Cubs' only real threat.

Dodgers closer Jonathon Broxton took over for Saito, and shut the Cubs down with no further damage.

Key players:

Dodgers
Rafael Furcal: 3-6, 2 R, 2 RBI
Russell Martin: 3-run double
Manny Ramirez: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Casey Blake: 2-4, 2 R, RBI
Chad Billingsley: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 7 K, 1 BB
Jonathon Broxton: 1 IP, 2 K, 0 H, 0 R

Cubs
Mark DeRosa: 2-4, R, 2 RBI (error)
Derek Lee: 2-4, R (error)
Jim Edmonds: 1-3, RBI
Carlos Zambrano: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 7 K, 2 BB

Notify me by email about comments that follow mine. Preview

10/3/08   |   sportsgnork   |   44 respect

100 years of waiting, what is another?  I just hope they can win before I die in the next 40 years.

10/3/08   |   d_floyd77

Alfonso Soriano offers this team absolutely nothing in the playoffs.  Fukodome is an automatic out.  Geovany Soto is showing his inexperience in post-season at the plate.  If it weren't for Mark DeRosa the Cubs would have what, like 1 run in the last two games?  I just wish Lou would have realized that before last night's game and put together the lineup that is needed to, at the least, gain momentum.

Where is Reed Johnson?  Where is Mike Fontenot?  It's a sad day in Cubdum, stress the 'dum'.

10/3/08   |   seal_warrior1   |   2231 respect

I'm a Dodgers fan all the way!  WTG guys!  Keep up the good work!  And now home field!!  Let's go alllllllllllllllll the way!!! Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeee 

10/3/08   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Yeah I was one of those 25% who picked the Dodgers.  I know the past is the past, but when you haven't won a WS in 100 years and you haven't even won a pennant in 63, you've had plenty of practice at losing in the postseason.  The Cubs are the best in baseball at finding ways to lose in the playoffs, and I said a couple weeks ago if I were a Cubs fan I'd hate to face the Dodgers in the first round because they'd beat the Cubbies.  Of course I also figured they'd lose to whoever they played in the first round.

10/3/08   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

Chicago has never won a playoff game west of Chicago... here's to hoping that continues.

10/3/08   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Lou Piniella also made it clear in the post-game press conference that Kosuke Fukudome will not be starting in Game 3.