Dodgers 7, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, July 11, 2010

Hero: Ryan Theriot went 2-for-4 and accounted for half of the Cubs' hit total.

Goat: Carlos Silva (9-3) failed miserably in his attempt to become the 16th different Cubs pitcher to win 10 games by the All-Star break since 1963 (the year the two-game All-Star Game format was dropped).

The honor roll:

* Dick Ellsworth in 1963 (11-6), 1964 (10-8), and 1965 (10-4)

* Larry Jackson in 1964 (11-5)

* Fergie Jenkins in 1967 (11-6), 1969 (13-7), 1970 (10-10), 1971 (13-8), and 1972 (12-9)

* Ken Holtzman in 1969 (11-5)

* Phil Regan in 1969 (10-5)

* Bill Hands in 1969 (11-8) and 1970 (10-7)

* Milt Pappas in 1971 (10-8)

* Rick Reuschel in 1973 (10-7) and 1977 (12-3)

* Ray Burris in 1977 (10-9)

* Rick Sutcliffe in 1987 (12-4) and 1989 (10-6)

* Greg Maddux in 1988 (15-3) and 1992 (10-8)

* Kevin Foster in 1997 (10-5)

* Jon Leiber in 2001 (11-4)

* Carlos Zambrano in 2007 (10-7)

* Ryan Dempster in 2008 (10-4)

Silva, who is 1-3 in his last six starts, was pounded for six runs (all earned) on six hits in 1 2/3 innings before he was ejected by first base umpire Brian Runge. Silva walked three and struck out two. Silva's ejection came after he argued a safe call at first after first baseman Xavier Nady fielded a grounder and appeared to beat James Loney to the bag. Perhaps the play would not have been close if Silva had hustled off the mound and made it in time to cover first.

Key Play: Loney hit his sixth home run of the season, off Silva, with two on in the first inning. It was all the support Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla (4-2) would need. Padilla took a no-hitter to the sixth and allowed just two hits over eight innings.

Comment: The Cubs (39-50) ended a disappointing first half by losing three of four to Los Angeles, dropping to fourth place, 9.5 games behind first-place Cincinnati. They have been shut out seven times.

Next: Dempster (7-7, 3.61 ERA) opens the second half for the Cubs on Thursday (WCIU, 7:05 p.m.) at Wrigley Field against Philadelphia (47-40). The Phillies, who have not named a starter, are in third place in the NL East but ended the first half with a four-game series sweep of NL Central leading Cincinnati.

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