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CHICAGO -- Mike Quade's first game as the full-time manager of the Chicago Cubs seemed all too familiar. To Cubs fans, anyway.
The 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday resembled a lot of losses at Wrigley Field over the years with other skippers in the dugout.
The Cubs looked comfortable with a 2-0 lead and Ryan Dempster on the mound. And then suddenly a couple of walks and two swings of the bat changed everything and spoiled opening day.
Dempster was disappointed by Walker's grand slam on a 3-2 pitch. McCutchen's drive really put the Cubs in a hole.
"Two quick outs and the guy hits a double and McCutchen hits the ball out," said Dempster who threw 114 pitches in his 6 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and six runs with four walks. "I felt strong but was not able to get the job done. ... When it's 4-2 and you're right in the game and give up those add-on runs, those usually end up putting you away."
Quade went incognito en route to Wrigley Field on Friday, wearing a hat and jacket while riding the elevated train from downtown that he caught around 8 a.m. He said he sat quietly in the back of the car with his head down so there was no chance of being recognized, saying he wanted to enjoy the atmosphere of the day.
During the season, he'll live within walking distance of the park. And after games like Friday when the Cubs lost despite getting 11 hits, he'll need the jaunt to clear his thoughts. Chicago also left 10 on base
"We got beat by two big hits today and that happens," said Quade, who managed more than 2,000 minor league games before getting his chance at the highest level, first as an interim manager for 37 games at the end of last season.
"If we had played poorly and pitched poorly and played a poor game, I would have been more disappointed.
"The kid Walker is a nice player and McCutchen is who he is. We got to figure out how to get them out better."
The Cubs cut it to 6-3 when Kosuke Fukudome hit an RBI single to score Barney, who'd reached when his pop fell between the plate and the mound. Aramis Ramirez flied out to the track with two runners on.
Joel Hanrahan pitched the ninth for the Pirates, working around a walk and infield hit for the save.
"They've got a good young team. In some ways, they can't get it done, but they've got the pieces there," said Ramirez, who played parts of six seasons with the Pirates before being traded to the Cubs in 2003.
"We hit the ball good. We got a lot of hits. We just didn't have any extra-base hits or key hits."
With the game starting in a light rain on a 41-degree day, the Cubs got an unearned run in the first, thanks to some shaky fielding from Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez. He couldn't come up with a hard grounder from Starlin Castro that was ruled an infield single. He then caught Marlon Byrd's bouncer and threw the ball over first baseman Lyle Overbay's head as Castro raced home, sliding headfirst.
Carlos Pena got his first RBI with the Cubs in the third. After three singles, he hit a grounder that made it 2-0. Pena, signed as a free agent after spending the last four years in Tampa, also flashed his glove, making a couple of nice scoops of low throws on a wet infield.
|Lyle Overbay welcomes Neil Walker home after Walker takes it out of the park for a grand slam. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jose Tabata, LF||4||1||1||0||1||0||0||.250|
|Neil Walker, 2B||4||2||2||4||1||1||0||.500|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||4||1||2||2||1||0||0||.500|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||0||1||0||1||2||4||.250|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Ryan Doumit, C||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.333|
|Garrett Jones, RF||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|a- Matt Diaz, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||3||1||0||0||1||1||3||.000|
|Kevin Correia, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.000|
|Garrett Olson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jose Veras, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Evan Meek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- John Bowker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joel Hanrahan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for G. Jones in the 8th|
|b-popped out for Meek in the 9th|
|2B - Neil Walker (1, Dempster), Andrew McCutchen (1, Dempster), Lyle Overbay (1, Dempster)|
|HR - Neil Walker (1, Dempster), Andrew McCutchen (1, Dempster)|
|SH - Kevin Correia (1)|
|RBI - Neil Walker 4 (4), Andrew McCutchen 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Neil Walker 4 (4), Andrew McCutchen 2 (2)|
|SB - Jose Tabata (1, 2nd base off Samardzija/Soto), Pedro Alvarez (1, 2nd base off Dempster/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Pedro Alvarez (1, Throwing)|
|Kevin Correia (W,1-0)||6||7||3||2||1||3||0||3.00|
|Jose Veras (H,1)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Evan Meek (H,1)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Joel Hanrahan (S,1)||1||1||0||0||1||2||0||0.00|
|WP - Garrett Olson (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 91-60, Garrett Olson 10-7, Jose Veras 9-5, Evan Meek 16-11, Joel Hanrahan 19-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 9-6, Joel Hanrahan 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 26, Garrett Olson 2, Jose Veras 3, Evan Meek 4, Joel Hanrahan 5|
|Kosuke Fukudome, RF||4||0||2||1||1||1||0||.500|
|Starlin Castro, SS||5||2||3||0||0||0||1||.600|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||4||.200|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||5||0||2||0||0||0||5||.400|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||3||0||1||1||1||0||1||.333|
|Geovany Soto, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||6||.000|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.500|
|Ryan Dempster, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.000|
|James Russell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Tyler Colvin, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|John Grabow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Samardzija, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Blake DeWitt, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Russell in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Samardzija in the 9th|
|RBI - Kosuke Fukudome (1), Carlos Pena (1)|
|CS - Darwin Barney (1, 2nd base by Correia/Doumit)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Castro-Barney|
|Ryan Dempster (L,0-1)||6.2||6||6||6||4||7||2||8.10|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 114-73, James Russell 3-3, John Grabow 14-6, Jeff Samardzija 23-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 9-4, John Grabow 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 30, James Russell 1, John Grabow 4, Jeff Samardzija 5|
|Attendance - 41358|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 41|
|Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - James Hoye|