It wasn’t pretty once again, but at least this time the Cubs came out on top with a 4-3 win over the Florida Marlins at Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon to avoid the sweep. Carlos Silva notched another quality start pitching into the 7th inning and earning hie 4th win of the season without a loss. Although he did give up 7 hits and 2 walks, he managed to stay out of too much trouble allowing just a total of 2 ER. He was helped by 2 unassisted double plays turned by shortstop Starlin Castro in each of the 1st 2 innings. Sean Marshall helped Silva get out of a jam in the 7th inning by inducing an inning-ending double play to preserve the 4-2 lead. Carlos Zambrano — see our Cubs Fun (Sad) Fact of the Day today — had trouble staying out of trouble in the 8th inning. After retiring the 1st 2 batters he faced, Big Z walked Jorge Cantu and then gave up a single to Dan Uggla. That prompted Manager Lou Pinella to pull Zambrano for his closer Carlos Marmol who quickly disposed of pinch-hitter John Baker with a strikeout to end the threat. Marmol allowed a run in the 9th inning to make things interesting, but was able to strike out Hanley Ramirez with runners on 1st and 2nd to pick up the save for the Cubs. It was Marmol’s 5th save in 6 tries this season.
The Cubs put runners on base for a 3rd straight game with 8 hits and 4 walks. But they only scored 4 runs, failing to come through with clutch hits on several occasions. Mike Fontenot had a 2-RBI double in the 2nd inning and Marlon Byrd had an RBI double in the 5th inning to put the Cubs head for good.
Derrek Lee seems to have responded to Pinella’s move to the 4th spot. Lee had 2 doubles in Tuesday night’s loss and 2 more singles in Wednesday’s win. Castro keeps swinging a hot bat too – adding 2 more singles to increase his batting average to .364.
Tom Gorzelanny kicks things off for the Cubs against his former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. After sweeping the Cubs in Pittsburgh last week, the Pirates have dropped 5 of their last 6 games and haven’t scored a single run in their last 2 games. Let’s hope their struggles keep up against the Cubs this weekend at Wrigley. It will be a MAJOR disappointment for the Cubs if they can’t win this series this weekend…