Carlos Silva pitched 6+ strong innings for his 5th win as the Cubs beat the Rockies 6-2 at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.
After blowing a great scoring chance in the 1st inning – 1st and 3rd and nobody out after singles by Kosuke Fukudome and Ryan Theriot to start the game – I thought here we go again. But my prayers were answered in the bottom of the 4th inning as the same situation presented itself. Tyler Colvin had struck out on 3 pitches with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 1st inning, but this time he came through with a clutch line drive single to center field that plated Aramis Ramirez. The Cubs got 2 more runs in the inning on a Starlin Castro fielder’s choice play and a 2-out single from Kosuke Fukudome, and just like that, the Cubs had a 3-0 lead. That seemed to relax everyone in Wrigley Field and it seemed to give some confidence to this struggling Cubs team.
Silva pitched well until he ran out of juice in the 7th inning. He issued his only walk of the game to Troy Tulowitzki to lead off the inning and then he served up Todd Helton’s 2-run bomb to deep right field. That was all Manager Lou Pinella wanted to see as he turned to trusted lefty James Russell (after Esmailin Caridad walked the only batter he faced) to get the Cubs out of the jam. Russell notched 2 K’s and a weak fly ball out and the Cubs still had a 3-2 lead.
Then the Cubs tacked on some insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th inning on a Starlin Castro single and a 2-run Ryan Theriot single. That increased the Cubs lead to 6-2 which allowed Pinella to use Zambrano in the 9th instead of closer Carlos Marmol. Zambrano pitched a perfect 9th inning with 2K’s – think he’s happy to know he’s going back to the starting rotation sometime soon?
The Cubs have won 3 straight and embark on a quick 5-game road trip to take on the Phillies in Phialdelphia on Wednesday and Thursday and the Rangers in Texas over the weekend. Stay tuned Cubs fans…