The Cubs are not going down without a fight! Jeff Baker’s 2-strike, 2-out, 2-run home run off Giants closer Brian Wilson gave the Cubs a dramatic 3-2 win over the Giants in San Francisco. After Lee led off the top of the 9th inning with a walk, he stole 2nd to get in scoring position with 2 outs. Luckily, there wouldn’t be a close play at home plate, as Baker crushed Wilson’s pitch deep to left field to put the Cubs up 3-2. Baker (and the Cubs) had been down to their last strike.
Carlos Marmol picked up his 12th save in 12 chances since being promoted to the closer’s role in place of Kevin Gregg at the end of August. It wasn’t pretty – he gave up a single and a walk – but he struck out Aaron Rowand and Fred Lewis with 1st and 2nd and only 1 out to preserve the win for the Cubs. Manager Lou Pinella annointed Marmol the Cubs 2010 closer – “I see that, yes. I really do. I think he’s done enough and shown enough. We have confidence in him enough going into spring training next year. It’s his job. We’ll leave it just at that.”
Ryan Dempster gave the Cubs another solid starting effort down the stretch. Dempster threw 112 pitches in 7 innings of work, giving up just 2 ER on 7 hits and 1 walk. Dempster had 6 K’s and he lowered his ERA to 3.68 and his WHIP to 1.33.
Should a fun match-up tonight in San Francisco – Carlos Zambrano in search of win #9 against reigning Cy Young Award winner – the Freak Tim Lincecum…