The Cubs 6-3 win over the Reds in Cincinnati on Sunday wasn’t pretty – but they will take it, especially since the Brewers and Cards lost too. With the win, the Cubs moved just 1.5 game behind the Cards and 3.5 games behind the Brewers in the NL Central race.
Once again, the Cubs bats left a lot to be desired. The Cubs managed only 12 hits in 14 innings. The Cubs scored 1 run in the 1st inning on Ryan Theriot’s solo home run and 2 runs in the 3rd inning on Derrek Lee’s 2-out 2-run single, but they didn’t score another run until their 3-run “outburst” in the top of the 14th inning. Alfonso Soriano led off the inning with a solo home run. Ryan Theriot singled and Kosuke Fukodome walked, and after a Derrek Lee foul out, Mike Fontenot drove in the 2nd run of the inning with an infield single. Reed Johnson then doubled home Fukodome to give the Cubs the 6-3 lead.
The Cubs used 8 pitchers in all. David Patton picked up his 2nd win of the season by pitching a scoreless 13th inning. Angel Guzman picked up his 1st career major-league save by working a scoreless bottom of the 14th inning. Randy Wells turned in another solid start – 6 2/3 innings, 7 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk and 4 K’s. And once again he did not get the win – because of a familiar character – Carlos Marmol. Marmol faced only 2 batters in the 8th inning and he walked them both. By this time, Manager Lou Pinella had seen enough and he yanked Marmol for Aaron Heilman. Heilmand minimized the damage as best as he could by allowing only 1 run to score. The most impressive outing may have come from Jose Ascansio, however. Ascansio worked 3 scoreless innings in the 10th, 11th and 12th to keep the Cubs in the game. He did give up 2 hits and 2 walks, but he was able to navigate through some tricky waters to get through his 3 innings unscathed.
The Cubs are now 28-26. The Cubs can rest on Monday with a scheduled day off, and then make the trip to Houston to take on the Astros. Heres how the match-ups look: Ted Lilly v. Brian Moehler on Tuesday night; Carlos Zambrano v. Wandy Rodriguez on Wednesday night; and Ryan Dempster v. Roy Oswalt on Thursday afternoon.