Ryan Dempster Spoils His Own Gem, Cubs Lose Again to the Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan Neiman@RyanNAnthony Contributor IIIApril 11, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 11: Ryan Dempster #46 of the Chicago Cubs walks back to the mound after giving up a two-run home run to George Kottaras of the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field on April 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Up 1-0 with two outs in the seventh inning, Ryan Dempster gave up a two-run home run to put the Cubs down for good 2-1. 

The losing continues as the Cubs fall to 1-5 on the season. 

Here's what we learned from game No. 6 of 162:


Manufacturing runs is going to a problem all season: 

The Cubs have zero offensive weapons. 

Outside of Starlin Castro, there's not much fear the Cubs will be instilling in the opposition's pitching staff. 

Through six games, the Cubs batting average is an ugly .226.


Starlin Castro will steal a lot of bases, but will be a liability on the field: 

Castro recorded his fifth stolen base already, but committed his second error in just six games. 

You take the good with the bad when it comes to Castro.


Dale Sveum does not trust his bullpen with the lead:

Ryan Dempster was throwing a gem through six and two-thirds innings and wasn't laboring before giving up the two-run home run to Greg Kottaras. 

However, Sveum needs to know when to hand the ball over to his bullpen. He could have brought in a lefty to face Kottaras, but placed too much trust in his starter, mainly because the manager has so little faith in his bullpen.


Ryan Dempster looks fantastic: 

Outside of receiving little-to-none run support and giving up the home run to Kottaras, Dempster has looked amazing in his first two outings this season. 

Dempster has given up just three total runs with an ERA of 1.88


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