Chi. Cubs 4, Arizona 1

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, July 14, 2012 1:05 PM
Location - Wrigley Field
Temperature - 83°
Umpires - Home Plate - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Ted Barrett,
Attendance - 38068

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 1
Chi. Cubs 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 9 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Arizona 42-45 23-21 19-24 L2
Chi. Cubs 35-52 21-20 14-32 W3

Recap


Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 1:
Ryan Dempster pushed his scoreless-inning streak to 33 with six blemish-free frames and Darwin Barney doubled in a run as host Chicago picked up its third straight win.

Dempster (5-3), who has been the subject of rampant trade rumors and reportedly had scouts from several teams watching him on Saturday, surrendered four hits and walked three while striking out five. His 33-inning streak is the longest of his career and the best by a Cub since Ken Holtzman did the same in 1969.

Starlin Castro and Luis Valbuena each added an RBI for Chicago, which has won 11 of its last 15 games. The Cubs will be looking for their second straight home sweep on Sunday.

James Russell came on in relief in the seventh and surrendered a solo home run to Chris Young, ending the shutout bid. Shawn Camp worked a scoreless eighth and Carlos Marmol allowed the first two to reach in the ninth before getting a deep flyout and a double play to lock up his ninth save.

Chicago got to Joe Saunders (4-6) in the third, when Valbuena led off with a single and moved up on a sacrifice and a bunt single before scoring on Castro’s RBI groundout. The Cubs piled on two more runs in the fourth on a two-out double by Barney and Valbuena’s single.

Saunders spent nearly a month on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder and was charged with four runs - three earned - on eight hits over six innings in his return.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Dempster has gotten the win in each of his last five starts and leads the majors with a 1.86 ERA. … The Diamondbacks have scored a total of six runs in Saunders’ last five starts, dating back to May 29. Saunders is 1-3 in that span despite a 3.00 ERA. … Arizona LHP Patrick Corbin was optioned to Triple-A Reno to make room for Saunders on the active roster. … Diamondbacks LF Jason Kubel (hamstring) was held out of the starting lineup. He came on as a pinch hitter in the ninth and hit into the game-ending double play.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Arizona   Chi. Cubs
Joe Saunders Player Ryan Dempster
Loss W/L Win
6.0 IP 6.0
4 Strikeouts 5
8 Hits 4
4.50 ERA 0.00
Hitting
Arizona   Chi. Cubs
Paul Goldschmidt Player Luis Valbuena
2 Hits 2
0 RBI 1
0 HR 0
3 TB 2
.500 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Arizona 7 1 12 .226 16 7 1 5 0 1
Chi. Cubs 9 0 11 .290 10 5 3 1 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Chi. Cubs will play their next game at home against Arizona. The Cubs have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .404 after a loss.
  • Arizona will play their next game on the road against Chi. Cubs. The Diamondbacks have a W/L % of .512 after a win and .455 after a loss.