Mariners 2, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hero: Ryan Dempster (5-6) pitched an eight-inning complete game, allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out eight

Goat: Alfonso Soriano went 3-for-4, but we wonder what (or if) he was thinking in the fifth inning. After he reached with a leadoff double off Jason Vargas (6-2), he was easily doubled off the bag when the next hitter, Tyler Colvin, was retired on a soft liner to left. Seattle left-fielder Michael Saunders easily snared the drive and flipped the ball to second baseman Josh Wilson to complete the double play while Soriano watched while standing on third base.

Key Play: Franklin Gutierrez accounted for the game's only runs with a two-run homer off Dempster in the second inning. Dempster has allowed 14 home runs in 103 2/3 innings.

Comments: Milton Bradley, who is hitting .211 with the Mariners, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk.

The Cubs (31-39), who were shut out for the third time this season, have scored two runs or less in 27 games. Seattle (29-41) has allowed just two runs during its current five-game winning streak.

Next: It won't get any easier for the Cubs on Wednesday (WGN, 9:10 p.m.) when they face Mariners ace Cliff Lee (5-3, 2.55 ERA). Last season, according to The 2010 Bill James Gold Mine, Lee (14-13 with Cleveland and Philadelphia) allowed a major league most 175 singles - 10 more than any other big league pitcher. But just 34 of those baserunners scored.

Randy Wells (3-5, 4.92) will get the starting assignment for the North Siders.

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