National League Game Summary - Arizona at Chicago|
(Saturday, July 14th)
Final Score: Chicago 4, Arizona 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Ryan Dempster's scoreless innings streak
extended to 33 innings Saturday, and that stretch may continue with another
team by the end of the month as trade rumors continue to swirl around the 35-
Dempster tossed six shutout innings and became the first Cub to hurl 33
straight scoreless innings since Ken Holtzman in 1969, helping Chicago to a
4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle installment of a three-
Dempster (5-3) fanned five, scattered four hits and walked three for Chicago,
which has won four of its last five contests. The Canadian hasn't given up a
run since May 30 and has won five straight starts.
"Like I said before, I am well aware of things going on, rumors and things
like that," Dempster said. "But I'm a member of the Chicago Cubs and I'm
trying to do my best job for this team."
He threw 89 pitches in his second outing since being sidelined with right
Luis Valbuena registered a pair of hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Reed
Johnson and Geovany Soto each racked up two hits apiece.
Joe Saunders (4-6) was charged with four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits
for the D-backs, who have dropped eight of their past 11 games. Saunders had
been on the disabled list since June 23 with tightness in his left shoulder.
Arizona made things a bit interesting against Carlos Marmol in the top of the
ninth after Stephen Drew doubled and Chris Young walked.
But Johnson made a fine catch at the wall in right-center to retire Geoff
Blum, and Marmol then induced Jason Kubel into a game-ending 3-6-1 double play
to notch his ninth save of the season.
The Cubs tallied a run in the third, a pair in the fourth and another in the
sixth to jump out to a 4-0 advantage.
Starlin Castro recorded an RBI single in the third to make it 1-0, while
Darwin Barney smacked a run-scoring double and Valbuena added an RBI single to
extend to margin to 3-0.
Barney grounded into a double play in the sixth to plate Jeff Baker, who
reached on an error, giving the Cubs a 4-0 cushion.
Chris Young belted a solo homer to center in the seventh to account for the
"We scored two runs in Wrigley Field in two days," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson
said. "That's not what we expect to do. We got to do better than that."
Chicago was 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left five men on
base, while Arizona finished 0-for-5 with RISP and stranded eight...Young's
homer was his ninth of the year...Prior to the game, Arizona optioned left-
handed pitcher Patrick Corbin to Triple-A Reno.
07/14 19:34:12 ET