The Chicago Cubs split the 2-game series with the San Francisco Giants on Monday and Tuesday at Wrigley Field.
In Monday night’s 4-2 win, Ryan Dempster defeated Jonathan Sanchez with 7 strong innings. Dempster needed only 102 pitches – giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. Dempster recorded 7 K’s. Carlos Marmol worked a scoreless 8th inning, giving up 1 hit and striking out 2. While Kevin Gregg worked a scoreless 9th inning for his 4th save on the season. Although Gregg did issue another walk, he struck out 2 and recorded the final out of the game on a great catch by Reed Johnson in center field. The Cubs scored early and often to take a commanding 4-0 lead. Geovany Soto’s walk with the bases loaded plated the Cubs first run in the 1st. Ryan Theriot’s 2-run home run in the 2nd inning – his 3rd homer in 4 games – increased the Cubs lead to 3-0. The Cubs added an insurance in the 5th inning on Reed Johnson’s sacrifice fly.
In Tuesday’s loss, Tim Lincecum outdeuled Sean Marshall 6-2. The Giants jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on a 3-run home run by Bengie Molina in the 1st inning. The Cubs chipped away at the lead with a run in the 2nd inning on a Mike Fontenot ground out and a run in the 5th inning on a Marshall single. In the meantime, Marshall settled down and kept the Giants without another run until the 8th inning. Marshall walked Edgar Renteria and gave up a hit to Rich Aurilia before being replaced by Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija self-destructed hitting the 1st batter he faced and then giving up a 2-RBI double to Aaron Rowand and an RBI single to Randy Winn. That gave the Giants the cushion that they needed to preserve the 6-2 win. Marshall fell to 0-2 as his ERA rose to 4.15. Samardzija’s struggles continued in 2009 as his ERA rose to 8.10.
The Cubs went 4-2 on this short 6-game home stand at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are 14-12 on the young 2009 schedule.