The Cubs used a 4-run 8th inning to come from behind to beat former Cubs reliever LaTroy Hawkins and the Brewers 7-6 on Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Despite trailing for much of the day, the Cubs never gave up. After the Brewers struck for 2 insurance runs in the top of the 8th inning off of Jeff Gray in his first appearance in 2010, the air seemed to be sucked right out of the Friendly Confines as the Brewers increased their lead to 6-3. But the Cubs batters were patient in the bottom of the inning against Hawkins. After a Jeff Baker single, Geovany Soto and Tyler Colvin worked walks to load the bases for the Cubs. Ryan Theriot’s single to right scored Baker and Soto to cut the lead to 6-5. After Theriot stole 2nd base to get into scoring position as the go-ahead run, Kosuke Fukudome’s seeing-eye single to right field scored Colvin and Theriot with the winning runs. Theriot had 4 hits on the day.
Carlos Marmol was filthy-nasty in the top of the 9th inning as he recorded his 3rd save of the season in as many chances with a perfect line through the heart of the Brewers order. Marmol needed just 15 pitches as he struck out Corey Hart, Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder to preserve the 1-run lead. Randy Wells started off well, but he was a little shaky from the 4th through the 7th innings. Overall, Wells worked 6 1/3 innings giving up 4 ER on 10 hits and 1 walk while striking out 7.
The effort was something we rarely saw in 2009, so let’s hope this is a good sign of things to come during the 2010 MLB schedule for the Cubs. Go Cubs Go!