Any Cubs fan watching Thursday night’s game in Arizona would probably be forgiven for seeing ghosts of playoffs past as Ryan Dempster turned in his worst start of the season at the house of horrors known as Chase Bank Stadium.
Dempster, who is still searching for a quality start after taking to the mound six times this year, lasted just 0.1 innings while managing to give up seven earned runs on four hits and four walks. Justin Berg, the Cubs starter/reliever then came on in relief but managed to prolong the pain for the Cubs, giving up another three runs over 3.2 innings.
Barry Enright of the Diamondbacks, who had trouble against the Cubs the first time he saw them this season, looked much improved. Enright went 6.2 innings, giving up just two runs on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts. The only mistake he made was a pitch to Koyie Hill, who hit his first home run of the season.
The Cubs continue their road trip with another game at Arizona. First pitch will be at 8:40 P.M., CDT.