The Chicago Cubs are leading 1-0 over the Minnesota Twins through five innings on Sunday afternoon as starter Ryan Dempster is in the midst of another exceptional outing. The Cubs' offense continues to stumble, but that hasn't been an issue so far with Dempster dealing.
Through five innings, the Cubs starter has allowed just three hits and zero runs, striking out five batters while handing out one walk. He's now pitched 12 consecutive scoreless innings after shutting out the Brewers over seven innings in his past start.
The Cubs have mustered just two hits so far, but they came at the right times. Following a lead-off single by Reed Johnson in the first inning, Alfonso Soriano hit an RBI double with two outs to put Chicago ahead. Since then, the Cubs haven't gotten a single hit, though.
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