Downbeat Chicago Cubs Drop Opener to Arizona Diamondbacks, 12-3

October 2, 2009 by  

On Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs were officially eliminated from the playoffs. On Friday, they went down without a whimper against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a lackluster effort in front of the Wrigley faithful.

Having lost all hope of a wildcard berth just three days after missing out on the NL Central crown, the Cubbies looked like a team with nothing to play for when they were defeated 12-3 by the D-Backs behind right hander Billy Buckner.

Arizona plated three runs in the first inning, a four-spot in the third and insurance runs in the sixth, seventh, and ninth to hand the Cubs their third straight loss.

Eric Byrnes launched two home runs and had five RBI, and Chris Young also went deep for the D-Backs as Buckner hel...

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