4/30 Noteworthy items
According to the Elias Sports Bureau: The Cubs’ 10-0 loss to the Diamondbacks Wednesday was the first time that they were shut out by a double-digit margin since May 26, 2003, when they lost 10-0 to the Pirates at Wrigley Field.
Entering play on Thursday, the Cubs had the Majors’ longest current streak without a double-digit shutout loss. That distinction now belongs to the Dodgers, whose last such loss was in October 2004.
* Ryan Dempster’s 200th career start in the Majors was not one of his best as he lost to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, allowing five runs in six innings. Dempster, who has also appeared in 225 games out of the bullpen, became the seventh current big-league pitcher with at least 200 games as both a starter and a reliever. The others are Tom Gordon, John Smoltz, Derek Lowe, Miguel Batista, Darren Oliver and Kelvim Escobar.
* Historian Ed Hartig also notes that the last time the Cubs allowed at least 10 walks in a game was Aug. 3, 2007, when they walked 11 in a 6-2 loss to the Mets.
* The tarp is on the field at Wrigley. We’ll keep you posted.
– Carrie Muskat