From disappointment to joy — that’s what Aramis Ramirez’s line drive walk-off home run to left field did for the Cubs in the 4-2 11th inning win at Wrigley Field. It was Ramirez’s 1st home run since April 15th. Ramirez had 2 hits and 3 RBI’s in the win, but he is still only hitting .175 with 4 home runs and 20 RBI’s. His .239 on-base percentage is worse than most average hitters batting averages, but at least he came through in the clutch on Monday night.
Starlin Castro batted in the 2nd spot behind Kosuke Fukudome and the combined for 5 hits and 2 runs scored. Castros is batting .361 with a .439 on-base percentage and Fukudome is batting .315 with a .411 on-base percentage.
Randy Wells was in position for the win, leaving the game in the 7th inning with a 2-1 lead. Wells worked 1-run ball through 6 2/3 innings giving up just 7 hits and 1 walk with 3 K’s. John Grabow’s struggles in the 8th inning, however, cost him the win. Grabow gave up a single and 2 walks to load the bases with just 1 out. Manager Lou Pinella called on closer Carlos Marmol to pick up his 1st 5-out save in 2010, but the closer messed up right off the bat by walking Miguel Olivo to allow the tyinjg run to score. Fortunately, Marmol limited the damage by inducing Ian Stewart to hit into an unassisted double play by Castro. Marmol struck out the side in the 9th inning and then Sean Marshall worked 2 perfect innings in the 10th and 11th innings to set up Ramirez’s big home run. Marshall picked up his 3rd win of the season with his clutch effort.
Carlos Silva looks to help the Cubs sweep the Rockies in the 2-game series at Wrigley. Let’s hope the Cubs can make it 3-in-a-row.