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Cubs Short Hops: Game 1

Cubs Short Hops: Game 1

PHOENIX -- Fielding the Cubs' 3-1 Game 1 loss to the D-backs on a short hop.

In < 25 words ...
Carlos Zambrano matched Brandon Webb in a battle of aces, but Carlos Marmol was unable to back him up with effective relief.

Frozen moment
The Cubs looked to be in good shape to take an early lead after Zambrano lined a double to start the third. Then Alfonso Soriano, Jacque Jones and Derrek Lee all struck out to end the threat.

Big number
5 -- The Cubs left five runners on base in scoring position during Webb's seven innings, only once recording a hit in such a situation.

Game balls

Carlos Zambrano

Four game balls. Besides his exploits on the mound in pitching six innings of one-run ball, Zambrano smoked a leadoff double in the third.

Ryan Theriot

Three game balls. Theriot hit a chopper over third baseman Mark Reynolds' head that scored Chicago's only run of the game in a bases-loaded, two-out situation in the sixth. He also ran hard to first an inning earlier to force a bad throw by Reynolds that landed him on second when the ball went out of play.

Mark DeRosa

Two game balls. DeRosa sparked Chicago's lineup by reaching base three times. He helped the club load the bases in the sixth by drawing a walk.

Sense of October
Before the sixth inning, the song "Lonely" played over the Chase Field loudspeakers while a Steve Bartman look-alike was shown on the Jumbotron tossing a baseball up and down. It figures that the D-backs would do everything possible to remind the Cubs of past postseason shortcomings, specifically when Cubs fan Bartman interfered with Moises Alou on a foul ball in the stands four years ago in a game that could have sent the Cubs to the World Series.

Lines of the Game
Mark DeRosa
2 AB, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP
Comment: DeRosa reached based on his first three plate appearances in three different fashions.

Carlos Zambrano
6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 8 K's, 1 HR
Comment: Zambrano dominated Arizona's lineup throughout his outing, but Stephen Drew's 432-foot homer cost him.
"We had some chances. We just didn't take advantage of them." -- Cubs manager Lou Piniella

Next step
It's not surprising that the Cubs fell behind in the NLDS with 2006 Cy Young winner Webb on the hill Wednesday. It will be up to Ted Lilly to make sure that deficit does not become a commanding 2-0 lead in Thursday's Game 2.

Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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