Rafael Furcal fumbles, stumbles in his return as Dodgers lose to Cubs, 3-0 – LA Times

By Bill Shaikin
Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Chicago — Jamey Carroll won’t be playing shortstop for the Dodgers on Wednesday. But the thought came up repeatedly on Tuesday, watching Rafael Furcal muddle through his first game in a month.

The Dodgers probably would have lost anyway, what with Ryan Dempster and Carlos Marmol teaming on a three-hit shutout in the Chicago Cubs’ 3-0 victory at Wrigley Field. However, with Furcal appearing overmatched at bat and erratic in the field, perhaps the Dodgers should have had him play a game or two in the California League this week before they activated him.

“No excuses,” Furcal said. “It’s a bad day for me.”

Furcal went hitless in four at-bats, with two strikeouts, a pop fly and a fly ball. Granted, no one hit Dempster, and the last 16 Dodgers batters were retired in order.

Yet Furcal also botched the first three ground balls hit to him, with his two errors leading to all three Chicago runs.

“If I make those three plays, the game is different,” Furcal said.

For one, Clayton Kershaw would not have given up a run. Kershaw still lowered his earned-run average to 2.90