Cubs In Haiku: Dodgers 12, Cubs 2

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Seagulls might not have outnumbered fans during a cold day at Wrigley, but they certainly had a better time (Chicago Tribune photo by Phil Velasquez)

Raindrops kept falling
As did hits from Dodger bats
Cubs bats cold as temps
The Cubs never had a chance ... 
To be sure, the swarms of seagulls enjoyed the pickings from a 12-2 loss more than the less-than-announced crowd of 36,595 did, especially those who sat through an hour-plus rain delay before the debacle started with the temperature at 41 degrees.
It was a lost cause from the beginning as Cubs starter Casey Coleman struggled through 90 pitches in 2 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on four walks and six hits, one of them a bases-loaded single to pitcher Chad Billingsley.
Of course, the Dodgers have their own black cloud hanging over them, with MLB taking over daily operations, although general manager and Chicago native Ned Colletti saying it was "business as usual" on the field.
The Dodgers got down to business early against Coleman, then added three more against reliever Jeff Stevens, who walked six and allowed three runs in 3 1/3 innings.
"What a job by Jeff Stevens," manager Mike Quade said. "Those innings he gave us were incredible. He saved the bullpen."
Poor Stevens gave himself up for the team as the bullpen is depleted because of short starts and injured starters. He threw a career-high 89 pitches in a career-high 3 1/3 innings, with the six walks in one game the most for a Cubs reliever since Joe Kraemer walked that many on June 12, 1990, against the Mets.
Poor Stevens, indeed. To bolster a bullpen full of overstretched arms, he was sent down to Iowa, with Justin Berg brought up to take his place.  

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