Dodgers vs. Cubs: Chris Volstad Cannot End His Struggles, Cubs Lose 5-1

Ryan NeimanContributor IIIMay 6, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 5:  Joe Mather #16 of the Chicago Cubs walks off the field after striking out during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field on May 5, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Dodgers defeated the Cubs 5-1.   (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Cubs lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 Saturday in the second game of their three-game series at Wrigley Field.

Dodgers starting pitcher Chris Capuano kept the Cubs' hitters at bay while throwing seven scoreless innings and striking out seven.

Here is what we learned from this Cubs loss that dropped them to 10-17.


Chris Volstad Cannot Avoid the Big Inning

It was the same old story with Cubs starter Chris Volstad as he was unable to avoid that one big inning that ultimately doomed him.  The Dodgers scored three runs off of Volstad in the second and they tacked on two more in the fifth as he lasted five innings while walking three. 

His ERA sits at 6.55 and he is currently 0-4.  It appears Volstad may be the weak link in the Cubs' starting rotation.


Cubs Offense Was Non-Existent 

The only player that seemed to show up was Starlin Castro as he went 3-for-4.  The Cubs were a dreadful 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position and their one-through-four hitters went a combined 3-for-16. 


Carlos Marmol Pitched a Scoreless Inning 

Well, it was not a closing situation, but it was more of a confidence booster for Marmol to come into the eighth and pitch a scoreless inning. 


Errors Will Be the Norm 

Starlin Castro committed his eighth error on the season and so did Volstad.  Even though it did not come back to haunt them, the Cubs' defense will be subpar this year.