The Cubs defeated the Marlins 6-4 on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field to take 3 of 4 games from the Marlins during the weekend series. The Cubs have won 3 straight games and are 3.5 games behind the 1st place St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central Division.
The win did not come without a cost. Starter Carlos Zambrano, who earned his 3rd win of the season, injured his left hamstring while beating out a bunt single in the 5th inning. Zambrano initially stayed in the game, but came out shortly thereafter because of tightness in the leg. The Cubs will likely take a cautious approach with Zambrano and that means he could be placed on the disabled list. The Cubs do not want Zambrano to alter his pitching motion in order to compensate for the injury to his hamstring, so the only way to do that could be to shut him down for 15 days. We’ll have more as the Cubs update his status over the next few days.
Zambrano’s bunt single actually started the key rally for the Cubs in the 5th inning. Soriano flied out after Zambrano’s bunt, and then Ryan Theriot also bunted for a single to send pinch-runner Rich Harden to 2nd base. Kosuke Fukodome then reached on an error by 1st baseman Ross Gload which kept the inning going for Derrek Lee. And D Lee made them pay – hitting a grand slam to give the Cubs the commmanding 6-2 lead. Aaron Miles had an RBI double in the 2nd inning and Mike Fontenot hit a solo home run in the 4th inning – his 5th home run of the year.
Zambrano pitched effectively through the games first 5 innings – 2 earned runs on 4 hits and 1 walk. Zambrano also had 1 K. Angel Guzman gave up 1 run over 2 innings of work, and Carlos Marmol gave up a run on a solo home run to John Baker. But Kevin Gregg shut the door on his former team for his 2nd straight save and 3rd overall on the season.
Before the Sunday matinee, the Cubs retired the #31 to honor 2 legendary Cubs pitchers – Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux.
The Cubs start a 2-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night. Ryan Dempster will face Jonathan Sanchez in the opener, while Sean Marshall will duel defending-Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum in Tuesday’s matinee finale.