Diamondbacks End Cubs' Season

The Cubs' bats let them down in the National League Division Series.

They were swept in three games by Arizona and were outscored 16-6. They hit just .194.

"They beat us in every facet of the game," Cubs right fielder Cliff Floyd said. "They stole bases. They got guys over. They got guys in. They hit home runs. We didn't do any of those things."

The Cubs looked flat and tired, but manager Lou Piniella said that wasn't the case.

"When you don't score runs and leave a lot of people on, it looks lackluster, but it wasn't," Piniella said. "These guys gave effort, they really did. They wanted to get it done.

"We'll regroup. We made some nice strides this year, and we'll do some things over the winter and get better and better."

DIAMONDBACKS 5, CUBS 1: Rich Hill's first pitch to Chris Young sailed into the left-field bleachers, and the Cubs were quickly down in the third game of the National League Division Series. The Diamondbacks rolled the rest of the way. Jason Kendall's groundout brought home the Cubs' lone run in the fourth inning.

NOTES, QUOTES

--LHP Rich Hill became the second consecutive Cubs starting pitcher to fail to get out of the fourth inning. He gave up two runs on five hits in the first three innings, then left the game after giving up a walk to eighth-place hitter Miguel Montero and a hit to ninth-place hitter Livan Hernandez to open the fourth. Manager Lou Piniella had a fresh bullpen for this potential elimination game, so Hill was on a short leash.

--RHP Carlos Marmol, who allowed just three home runs in 69 1/3 innings during the regular season, allowed two homers in three innings in the Division Series.

--LF Alfonso Soriano, whose hot hitting in September helped get the Cubs into the playoffs, finished 2-for-14 (.142) in the Division Series.

--C Geovany Soto, who had the only homer and two of the Cubs' five RBI in the first two games of the NLDS, sat out Game 3 on Saturday because manager Lou Piniella wanted more experienced Jason Kendall to catch young pitcher Rich Hill.

--C Jason Kendall made his first start in the postseason in Game 3 because manager Lou Piniella wanted a more experienced catcher for young starting pitcher Rich Hill. He drove in the Cubs' lone run in a 5-1 loss.

BY THE NUMBERS: 5:06 -- The time Game 3 of the Diamondbacks-Cubs series actually started -- one minute earlier than scheduled. Rich Hill gave up a home run to Chris Young on the first pitch, and the Cubs trailed 1-0 a minute before the scheduled starting time.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "If we were up 2-0, I would say no." -- Cubs manager Lou Piniella, whose team dropped the first two games of the NLDS, when asked if he thought the Division Series should be a best-of-seven series rather than a best-of-five.


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