What a way to open the Cubs 7-game homestand at Wrigley Field – with an exciting 4-3 10-inning win over the Washington Nationals. It was a trio of Carlos’ that paved the way for the win for the Cubs.
Starter Carlos Silva notched his 4th straight quality start for the Cubs – 3 ER on 7 hits and 1 walk in 7 innings pitched. If not for Willy Nieves RBI single in the 6th inning, Silva likely would have picked up his 3rd win of the season.
Newly-appointed right-handed set-up man (and former ace) Carlos Zambrano worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings and even worked out of a “mini” 2-on, 1 out jam in the 8th inning by getting an infield popup and a strikeout to end the threat.
And Carlos Marmol worked a scoreless 10th inning to keep the game tied at 3. He got the win when Aramis Ramirez walked with the bases loaded to plate Ryan Theriot with the winning run.
Ramirez had a hit and 2 RBI’s in the win. Marlon Byrd raised his batting average to .355 and has been one of the most consistent hitters for the Cubs all season. Ryan Theriot had 2 hits and 1 run scored and is now hitting .333 for the season.
A new feature to our stories on Cubs games – the “Stat You May Have Missed Feature”! For Monday’s win, you may have missed the fact that Alfonso Soriano walked THREE (3) times in the win. Yes, you read that correctly — 3 walks for Alfonso “I swing at anything” Soriano. Unbelievable. If I was the Alias Sports Bureau, I could tell you how many 3-walk games that Soriano has had in his 3+ years in a Cubs uniform. But since I’m not, I’ll simply say that you can count Soriano’s 3-walk games on one hand…
Cubs go for the 5-game winning streak in support of Tom Gorzelanny tonight at Wrigley Field. Back at .500 at 10-10, can the Cubs get over .500 for the 1st time all season? Guess we’ll have to wait and see…