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10/03/08 1:05 AM ET

Cubs Short Hops: Game 2

As defense flounders, bats unable to pick team up

Fielding the Cubs' Game 2, 10-3 loss to the Dodgers on a short hop ...

In < 25 words ...
The Cubs' defense self-destructed and their offense never put anything together in front of a stunned Chicago crowd expecting much more.

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Frozen moment
After Mark DeRosa and Derrek Lee committed consecutive miscues in the second, the frustrated look on Carlos Zambrano's face told the story for the Cubs.

Big number
4 -- All four Cubs infielders committed an error, tying a League Division Series record with a total that marked the most in Chicago postseason history since 1932.

Game balls

Mark DeRosa

DeRosa has been the Cubs' most consistent offensive producer in this series, driving in a pair of runs in each game thus far. In Game 2, he hit a pair of doubles, one of the two-run variety.

Carlos Zambrano

Zambrano gave the Cubs a solid effort, but he could not pick up his teammates when they committed errors.

Jim Edmonds

Edmonds broke the seal on the Cubs' offense with a two-out RBI double in the seventh.

Sense of October
Another October at Wrigley Field, another major disappointment for Cubs fans.

Lines of the Game

Mark DeRosa
4 AB, 2 H, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R
Comment: Unfortunately for the Cubs, DeRosa's two-run double in the ninth was too little, too late with Chicago trailing by nine runs entering the inning.

Carlos Zambrano
6.1 IP, 7 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 7 Ks
Comment: Aside from the five-run second buoyed by four unearned runs, Zambrano pitched a decent game, but it wasn't enough.
"It wasn't good baseball. In fact, the last two days, they've probably been the two worst games we've played all year from a walking and errors standpoint. It wasn't fun to watch, I can tell you that." -- Cubs manager Lou Piniella

Next step
The Cubs acquired Rich Harden as the piece to push them over the top in the playoffs, but instead they will be relying on him just to keep them alive in Game 3.

Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.