6/3 Deja vu all over again
The Cubs have been making a lot of starting pitchers look real good, and Sunday, it was Barry Zito’s turn. Zito threw 8 1/3 shutout innings to lead the Giants to a 2-0 victory over the Cubs, who lost their 10th straight road game. The Cubs’ problems haven’t just been on the road. In 14 losses since May 16, they’ve scored 13 earned runs over 95 innings against starting pitchers, who have a combined 1.23 ERA. Zito joins John Danks, Jake Peavy, Bud Norris, A.J. Burnett and Erik Bedard as starters who did not allow a run in that stretch.
“It’s the same press conference every day, a broken record,” Dale Sveum said. “I don’t know what to say to come up with something different. It’s just frustrating — I mean, golly.”
The Cubs need some kind of offense. Reed Johnson made good contact against Zito as did Starlin Castro, even though he went 0-for-4.
“Other than that, there weren’t a lot of good at-bats,” Sveum said.
In the three games in San Francisco, the Cubs have scored three runs against the Giants starting trio of Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain and Zito.
“If we knew the answer — give credit to them,” Hill said of the sputtering offense. “They’ve run three pretty good pitchers out there. We know Zito has had his issues in the past but he doesn’t look like the same guy. He’s competitive with all his pitches and it makes it tough on us, especially in a ballpark that’s not very hitter friendly to begin with.”
The Cubs now have lost 15 of their last 18 games, and nine of those games have been decided by two runs or less. Wood remained optimistic.
“We’re right there,” Wood said. “We’re going to win some ballgames.”
— Carrie Muskat