The Cubs defeated the Astros 5-4 in frustrating, but dramatic fashion on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
Randy Wells gave the Cubs another great start – 6 innings, 0 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. Wells left the game with a 3-0 and was set to earn his 1st majore league win. The Cubs had built the lead on an RBI single by Derrek Lee in the bottom of the 6th inning, which was then followed by a 2-run homer from Micah Hoffpauir. The Cubs added what turned out to be an all-important insurance run on a Geovany Soto single in the 8th inning. Angel Guzman and Carlos Marmol worked scoreless 7th and 8th innings to set it up perfectly for closer Kevin Gregg.
But it all fell apart for Gregg in the 9th. Gregg gave up back-to-back homers to Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee to lead off the inning. Miguel Tejada and Geoff Blumm singled and Gregg loaded the bases when he hit Hunter Pence with a pitch. That was it for Gregg as Manager Lou Pinella replaced him with Aaron Heilman. Heilman promptly served up a single to Ivan Pudge Rodriguez which scored Tejada and Pence to tie the game at 4. But Heilman buckled down to induce 2 flyouts. Heilman then walked Michael Bourn to load the bases again with 2 out, and Pinella called on Sean Marshall to finish off the rally. He did just that – getting the deadly Lance Berkman to ground out to end the inning.
The Cubs rallied in the bottom of the 9th inning quickly. Bobby Scales lead off the inning with a walk against former Cubs pitcher Latroy Hawkins. Aaron Miles sacrificed Scales over to 2nd base and Alfonso Soriano delivered Scales home with the winning run on a single to right field.
The 2 teams finish off the series on Sunday afternoon – Rich Harden will take on Brian Moehler.