Revamped Cubs one-hit by Pirates’ A.J. Burnett
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org August 1, 2012 12:28AM
Updated: September 2, 2012 6:24AM
Cubs manager Dale Sveum expected some sense of relief to settle over his team after the drama of the trade deadline had passed Tuesday.
It seemed more like the wind left the sails.
Pittsburgh Pirates starter A.J. Burnett was the reason the Cubs looked listless, throwing 72/3 innings of no-hit ball in his 5-0 complete-game victory.
Rookie Adrian Cardenas, just recalled from Class AAA Iowa, singled sharply to right field to break up the no-hitter.
‘‘It’s definitely sweet to break up the no-hitter at our place,’’ Cardenas said.
The Cubs have gone the longest without being no-hit. The last pitcher to no-hit the Cubs was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax on Sept. 9, 1965.
‘‘We’ve got a good group of guys still,’’ Jeff Baker said. ‘‘Obviously, we lost some good core pieces, guys that make it fun in here. But that’s part of the game.
‘‘I haven’t been on a team where we’ve seen as many people go as we did. Or the guys coming out of the game [Monday night], obviously, that’s new to a lot of guys. But it’s the business side of baseball.’’
To a man, the Cubs lamented the subtraction of Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Geovany Soto and Reed Johnson.
‘‘We’re going to miss those guys,’’ Alfonso Soriano said. ‘‘This team feels a little different, but we’ve got to keep fighting, one day at a time.’’
Sveum said change was accepted.
‘‘They’re losing good friends and guys they had relationships with,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘We’ve all had to do it. It’s a tough time. But once they’re on the field, they’re comfortable.
‘‘Everyone has handled it extremely well. Guys have to come up with big hits and make pitches. We’re in this boat together, and you have to make the best of it.’’
‘‘[The front office] has a plan, and we trust those guys,’’ Baker said. ‘‘They’re proven. They’re going to make the best decisions for the organization, and everyone in here is on board with what they’re doing.’’
Sveum was asked if Tuesday might be considered the first step toward a better 2013.
‘‘That will have everything to do with the pieces we put together in the winter,’’ he said. ‘‘I can’t even begin to speculate on that.’’