Chicago Cubs Can't Complete the Sweep: St. Louis Cardinals Take Finale 5-1

Ryan Neiman@RyanNAnthony Contributor IIIApril 25, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 25: Starting pitcher Chris Volstad #32 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after giving up a two-run home run to David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on April 25, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cardinals defeated the Cubs 5-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Cardinals avoided a sweep by the Chicago Cubs as they were able to salvage a win in the series with a 5-1 victory. 

The Cubs' record stands at 6-13.

Here is what we learned, along with the questions we have after today's game. 


Same ole song and dance

The Cubs squandered numerous chances to drive in runs, going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.  Despite their victory yesterday, the Cubs were only 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

It is a continuing trend for a team that continues to struggle to find its rhythm on offense.  They are currently 20th in runs scored and have seven home runs as a team, with four of them belonging to Byran LaHair.

Has Chris Volstad pitched himself out of the rotation?

Volstad suffered yet another defeat to drop to 0-3 on the season with a painful ERA of 6.14.  He has been hittable in every start so far, giving up 18 hits to go along with 11 runs.  With Randy Wells having a decent outing filling in for an injured Ryan Dempster, Volstad could possibly see his role changed to the bullpen.

Will Steve Clevenger continue to start?

This is a daunting question many want answered because of how awful Geovany Soto has been this season.  It is time for Dale Sveum to roll the dice, as nothing has worked yet with this offense.  Clevenger could provide enough lift to help the bottom of the lineup.

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