Cubs Avoid Winless Streak on West Coast

The Chicago Cubs were finally able to beat an NL West opponent, ending their 0-19 streak that dated back to the last game of the 2011 regular season. Entering their last chance to go winless on the road in the west, the Cubs had surrendered 107 runs while scoring just 42 runs during their 19-game losing streak to NL West opponents.

But with a 7-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon, not only did the Cubs avoid finishing the 2012 campaign with a 0-19 record against West Coast teams, but also for the moment avoided the century mark for losses and ended their current seven-game slide.

It will be interesting to see how the final series goes as the Cubs host the worst team in the majors and try to avoid a 100-loss season.

Regardless of a win Friday night, Cubs fans were hoping for an error-free night from second baseman as he looked to become the sole leader for the most consecutive games in a single season without a miscue.

But while also struggling to figure out how to win a baseball game, Friday’s opener did lead to a sad end to an impressive streak. Late in the game, Barney tried to make web gem but failed and was charged with a throwing error.

The error was Barney’s second on the year though it took 141 games for the second to occur. He is now tied with Placido Polanco for the most games without a mistake at second base in MLB.

Losing 8-3 in the series opener, the Cubs’ luck didn’t fair any better in the second game as they managed just two runs – an Alfonso Soriano two-run home run – as Trevor Cahill threw a four-hit complete game in a Diamondbacks 8-2 win. Justin Germano struggled again allowing seven earned runs in only 4 1/3 innings pitched.

After 19 games though, it finally happened as the bats awoke and the Cubs finally beat a team on the West Coast. A four-run sixth was all Chicago needed to avoid six straight sweeps against NL West foes on the road.

Maybe next year they can win two and take a series from someone next season and start to make progress towards being a divisional contender. Otherwise they will hold the bottom spot in the division with Houston making the move the AL West at the end of the season.

 

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