Chicago Cubs Overdose on Snake Venom

Angel SolisContributor IJuly 22, 2008

The Cubs continue their woes on the road in a 9-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Their recent loss puts their winning percentage on the road at .412 while boosting the Diamondbacks overall to .500. Entering the play today, the Cubs were 1-9 at Chase Field in their last 10 meetings with an ERA over 6.5.

Starting for the Diamondbacks was Yusmeiro Petit, who pitched just 17.2 innings in the majors this year. In the minors, Petit was 3-3 with an ERA of 4.80.

The Cubs starter today was Jason Marquis, who had been 6-5 and, had an ERA of 4.44. Marquis was 4-2 in his last seven starts.

The Diamondbacks drew first blood in the bottom of the first on a solo shot by Conor Jackson, his tenth of the year. In the bottom of the third, Marquis surrendered another hit to Jackson, this time a single. The next batter, Hudson, walked on a full count. Two batters later, with two outs, third basemen Mark Reynolds, singled to left and drove Jackson in.

The Cubs entered the runs category in the top of the fourth, when young second basemen Mike Fontenot tripled in Mark DeRosa. However, the Diamondbacks quickly earned the run back in the next half inning when Stephen Drew doubled in rookie Alex Romero after Romero had been hit by a pitch.

Marquis left the game after six innings, allowing only three earned runs, which earned him a quality start.

Former starter Sean Marshall came in to relieve Marquis in the seventh. The runner on first, Stephen Drew, went to second on a wild pitch with one out. What should have been a double play only resulted in a Conor Jackson groundout, moving Drew up to third. On a 0-2 count, Marshall allowed Drew to score on another wild pitch. Later in the bat, Orlando Hudson hit his eighth home run of the season.

The Cubs scored in the eighth off a pinch-hit home run by Darryl Ward, which was only his second of the season.

The Diamondbacks scored again in the bottom of the eighth four times off Cubs reliever Kevin Hart, who struggled with his control. On a 0-2 count, Hart hit batter Orlando Hudson in the ankle. Hudson came out of the game.

Newly acquired pitcher Jon Rauch, closed the game with two strikeouts. Rauch was acquired from the Nationals for prospect Emilio Bonifacio.

Aramis Ramirez, Derrek Lee, and Geovany Soto combined for 0-11 on the day. Ramirez continues to be hitless in 20 bats since the all-star game. Meanwhile, Yusmeiro Petit earned his first win of the season on five innings of work, and three of the Diamondbacks nine strikeouts.