This was the first time since May 8-18, 2002 that the Cubs have lost nine in a row. Reed Johnson gave the Cubs an early lead in the first inning when he hit a solo home run off Wandy Rodriguez. This was the first time the Cubs had a lead in 59 innings.
|Reed Johnson homered in the first inning to give the Cubs an early lead (photo from cubs.com)|
“It was one of those plays that was too much in the middle of us,” Barney said. “It was placed at a point where he didn’t have a chance to call it. It’s unfortunate. My job is to go until I hear somebody call me off and that ball was put into a spot where he didn’t know he’d have a chance until he got there. He probably didn’t know he’d be able to get there.”
|Darwin Barney and David DeJesus colllided during the fourth inning of last night's game in Houston (photo from George Bridges/MCT)|
Here's a link to a complete game recap on cubs.com.
Tomorrow the Cubs have an off day and will travel to Pittsburgh, where they will play a three game series, starting Friday at 6:05pm CT. Ryan Dempster will start on Friday and try for his first win of the season, despite his impressive 2.28 ERA. Let's hope this team can turn this season around and end their losing streak!
Paul Maholm will make his first trip back to Pittsburgh since coming to the Cubs from the Pirates during the offseason. He tweeted the following today, "Getting ready for the final game in Houston and then off to the steel city. Looking forward to my first trip back and pitching Sat."