6/3 Numbers game
The Cubs lost their ninth straight game on the road Saturday. This is their longest skid away from Wrigley Field since a nine-game losing streak Aug. 25-Sept. 10, 2006. The offense continued to sputter as the Cubs now have scored a run in nine of their last 72 innings on the road and scored more than one run in only three of those innings.
“Once again, we couldn’t muster anything against the starting pitcher again,” Dale Sveum said. “It’s the same old thing. It’s unbelievable how we have a tough time scoring against starting pitchers.”
Here are some ugly numbers from the nine road losses:
* The Cubs are 12-for-68 (.176) with runners in scoring position in those nine road games and have stranded 60 baserunners. They’ve been outscored, 42-24.
* Starting pitchers have held the Cubs to 12 runs over 60 1/3 innings for a 1.79 ERA.
* The Cubs have three quality starts in the nine: Jeff Samardzija on May 23 vs. the Astros, Ryan Dempster on May 25 vs. the Astros, and Matt Garza on Saturday vs. the Giants.
* A win Sunday would help the Cubs avoid a 10-game road skid, which would be their first since Sept. 13-30, 2000.
* The nine road losses are just part of a longer stretch. The Cubs have lost 14 of their last 17 games, and this year, more than half of their games — 52 percent (27 of 52) — have been decided by two runs or less. They are 10-17 in those games.
* Tony Campana picked up his sixth bunt single of the season and his 12th infield hit. He is tied with Juan Pierre for the National League lead in bunt singles and is tied for first in the NL with Emilio Bonifacio in infield hits. Campana is batting .375 (9-for-24) when leading off an inning this year.
— Carrie Muskat