9/5 Extra bases
The Cubs have given up five or more runs in an inning 21 times this year. That’s the most since doing so 23 times in 2001. Sunday’s game was the first time the Cubs have given up five or more runs in three separate innings in the same game since May 26, 1967. Thanks to Elias Sports Bureau for the notes.
* Ryan Dempster failed to go past the fifth inning for the third time this year. He entered the game with a career record of 99-99, and suffered his 100th loss.
“It was a battle early on and then one pitch way from getting out of it with a tie game in the fifth and I just needed to make a better pitch than that,” he said of an at-bat with Ruben Tejada.
“I didn’t give us a very good chance to win the game,” Dempster said. “They gave me two leads and I didn’t hold either one. It’s very frustrating. I feel bad. The bullpen has to go out there and wear it because I can’t do my job and go deep in the ballgame.”
There’s no fatigue and nothing physically wrong, he said. Just a lack of execution.
“Maybe I’m picking a little too much on the corners instead of going after them,” he said. “That’s probably more than anything else what’s going on. I feel good, velocity is good, my arm feels good. I’m not putting guys away when I’m ahead of them and that’s a rare occasion. I’m not getting ahead of guys.”
* Jeff Baker is 8-for-12 with two walks, one double and two RBIs in four games as the leadoff man. He’s a career .533 hitter in the No. 1 spot. Baker has been leading off against lefties lately, and has a career .352 average against southpaw pitchers.
* Scott Maine has yet to give up a run in three relief appearances at Wrigley Field.
– Carrie Muskat