4/17 Dempster’s day
A rough first inning led to Ryan Dempster’s early exit on Sunday against the Rockies. Dempster was pulled with the game tied at 5 after giving up five runs on seven hits over five innings.
He threw 104 pitches, and now has topped 100 pitches in three of his four starts. The one game he didn’t reach the century mark was April 6 against the D-Backs when he threw 94 pitches. Sunday was his shortest outing of the season and his ERA is now 6.84 ERA.
In the Rockies’ first, Dempster struck out Dexter Fowler but walked Jonathan Herrera, who scored on Carlos Gonzalez’s double. One out later, Todd Helton hit a RBI single, which prompted a visit from pitching coach Mark Riggins. The Cubs starter then served up Seth Smith’s homer off a 2-1 pitch to give the Rockies a 4-1 lead. Dempster threw first-pitch strikes to two of the seven batters he faced that inning, Fowler and the last batter.
— Carrie Muskat