Since the National League began keep track of earned-run average in 1912, no pitcher has ever had as low of an ERA after his first five starts without a win. The next lowest was Randy Wells, who posted a 1.69 ERA after five starts in 2009 while going 0-2.
The Cubs offense gave Dempster four runs of support, but he wasn't able to hold the lead and gave up four runs in the sixth inning, matching the total he had given up in his first 25 1/3 innings this season and raising his ERA to 1.74.
Shawn Camp ended up recording the win and Rafael Dolis pitched an impressive ninth inning. The Cubs left the bases loaded in the second, third and seventh innings.
Alfonso Soriano's RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Cubs a 5-4 lead.
|Alfonso Soriano hits the go-ahead single in the eighth inning (US Presswire photo)|