D'Backs 10, Cubs 0 : When it rains, it pours

Damen JacksonCorrespondent IApril 30, 2009

PHOENIX - APRIL 29:  Starter Ryan Dempster #46 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the game at Chase Field on April 29, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Cubs 10-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

And no, I don't just mean the buckets being dumped on Chicago right now. I'm referring to the embarrassing performance by the Cubs Wednesday that led to a 10-0 loss.

I'm moving on, and I think most Cubs fans should do the same, because there just wasn't anything good about this game if you root for the Cubs.

Maybe it was the very early start (12:40 MST), but starter Ryan Dempster was shaky early, throwing all over the place in the first inning. Chad Tracy would then make him pay for it, with a ground rule double that would score Felipe Lopez and Augie Ojeda. He'd score later in the inning, as well.

Now Dempster would settle down, and keep the game somewhat interesting into the seventh, but even with Doug Davis on the mound for the Diamondbacks, it wasn't enough to give the Cubs an offensive jump-start. Davis dazzled, or at least appeared to, throwing two-hit ball into the eighth. Lefty. Soft tossing. Nibbler. Didn't matter.

The really amazing part of this game though was the bullpen, which I'll say again, is DOA.

When Dempster got into more trouble in the seventh, he gave way to that pen, and it all went downhill. First, a surprisingly ineffective Carlos Marmol would come in, and throw nothing but junk. You couldn't have paid him to find his release point Wednesday.

Jeff Samardzija would finish the inning, but not before serving up a bases clearing double to Justin Upton.

And Kevin Gregg? Just plain wretched. Not only could he not make it through his inning of work, but got into an extended, angry debate over ball and strikes with ump Jeff Kellogg. As if he were throwing any to begin with. It was a very silly moment, not worthy of legitimate closer. The only good thing about the moment was that he didn't get a much deserved ejection for his trouble.

Well, let's hope the rain breaks tonight, and we get to no only see a game, but a better performance than most of the games played during this 2-4 road trip.

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