The Dodgers, who have now been taken over by Major League Baseball, are looking to proceed business as usual, at least on the field. Another day of rain delayed the first pitch, but in hindsight, the Cubs are probably wishing they postponed and rescheduled yesterday’s game. Friday was not Good Friday for the Cubs.
Bad pitching mixed with no offense is the recipe for a blow out loss. Casey Coleman was knocked around in the third inning and was tagged with six earned runs in his short start. It was an unfortunate result for the fill in starting pitcher who had been serviceable in his prior starts this season. Relievers Jeff Stevens and Marcos Mateo were both tagged for three runs each as the Cubs just tried to get through the game without having to blow the whole bullpen in the first game of the series.
Starlin Castro was put in the three hole for the second straight game, but only went 1 for 4. I hope the musical chairs he has been put through, rotating between the top three spots in the order only three weeks into the season, is not starting to take a toll on him and his hot start. The struggling Marlon Byrd was pushed down to the sixth spot in the order, and came through with his first triple of the season. Unfortunately the toothless Cubs offense was not able to bring him in to score. Lead off man Kosuke Fukudome was the lone bright spot on offense, going 3 for 4 to raise his average to .417 on the year.
Hopefully the Cubs have better results this afternoon against old friend Ted Lilly.