Ryan Dempster made a solid start for the Cubs and allowed three runs on five hits and struck out six batters and walked none over six innings pitched. However, Dempster wasn't happy when manager Dale Sveum sent Scott Maine out to pitch in the seventh inning and said, "I'm fine. I'm allowed to be upset. I respect (Sveum) a lot. That's his decision. It doesn't mean I have to be happy about it. At the end of the day, he's just trying to do what's best for the ballclub. I have nothing but respect for that. Just the competitor in me wants to get out there and keep trying to pitch."
|Ryan Dempster made a solid start for the Cubs against the Pirates (photo from Chicago Tribune)|
I'm sure all the trade talk these past couple of weeks has got to be weighing down on him. Especially when some people on Twitter and certain reporters are bad-mouthing him just because the trade with the Atlanta Braves didn't happen. Cub fans need to relax instead of insulting players because they're not happy with what is or isn't happening with their team. How can you be such a fan of a player and then turn your back on them so quickly? That's the part I don't get. But maybe that's just me... I understand why fans might be upset that Demp didn't approve the deal with the Braves - so the Cubs didn't get a major-league ready pitcher in the trade, but come on, these kinds of things happen and it's no excuse to bad-mouth and insult players on social media.
On a higher note, Anthony Rizzo also hit his fifth home run of the season and also had an RBI single in today's game.
|Anthony Rizzo is congratulated by third base coach Pat Listach after his home run against the Pirates (photo from Chicago Tribune)|