Chicago Cubs: After Undefeated Homestand, Road Struggles Resume

Katelyn GrabarekSenior Analyst IJune 8, 2008

After going undefeated on their last homestand the Cubs went back on the road for seven more games on the west coast.  After winning their first series on the road since early April, the Cubs headed up the coast to face Joe Torre and his Los Angeles Dodgers.

After winning the first game in Los Angeles by a score of 5-4, the Cubs have proceeded to drop the next two games.

The Cubs lost 7-3 on Saturday behind ace Carlos Zambrano.

In the first two months of the season Zambrano has been able to keep his temper in check...well sort of.  Minus the breaking his bat over his knee earlier in the season Zambrano has looked like a new man this year. 

However, that wasn't quite the case on Saturday.

Dodgers catcher, Russel Martin started a five run seventh inning off of Zambrano with an RBI single.  Matt Kemp contributed a three run homer which led to Zambrano being set off.

The loss snapped Zambrano's seven game winning streak. 

Zambrano of course made quite the exit after he had given his team the 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning. 

After exiting the game Zambrano kicked a gatorade cooler twice in the dugout, picked it up and threw it to the ground, then picked it up and threw it again.  He also flung his cap before leaving for the clubhouse.

The Cubs played sloppy defense in the game.  Shortstop Ryan Theriot dropped a throw from Geovanny Soto on a steal attempt by Juan Pierre, Aramis Ramirez committed an error and Kosuke Fukudome dropped a catchable ball.

Even after losing two straight games to the Dodgers, the Cubs still have a 2.5 game lead in the Central Division over the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Cubs will look to finish off the road trip by splitting the series with Jason Marquis slated to face Brad Penny.  The Cubs have Monday off, and then return home to face Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves.