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Dodgers Offense MIA against Dempster, Cubs

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The Dodgers couldn’t counter Cubs starter Ryan Dempster and his quirky delivery losing 3-1.

“He kept us off balance,” center fielder Matt Kemp said of Dempster’s performance.

“Dempster was good all game,” manager Joe Torre said. “He’s been good against us. He knows how to pitch. His pitch count was good in the late innings.”

Dempster went seven-plus innings giving up only one run which was unearned on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

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The only run the Dodgers would score was in the home half of the second inning. Kemp reached second base on a throwing error by third baseman Aramis Ramirez. After catcher Russell Martin lined out to right fielder Kosuke Fukudome, Abreu grounded a single up the middle to score Kemp and tie the game at one.

After the second inning Dempster would only give up a single and a walk for the remainder of his outing. The Dodger offense has only score three or more runs twice in this home stand.

“I think you go through that little bit of a dip,” Torre said of the offense. “I don’t think they’re tired. They may be trying a little too hard.”