It was a rare win for the Cubs over the Pirates on Monday afternoon – a makeup game from the game rained out last week. Carlos Silva won his 8th game of the season without a loss, tossing 7 scoreless innings despite battling a flu all game long. Silva scattered 4 hits and 1 walk during the outing and needed just 102 pitches on the day. Sean Marshall earned a 2-inning save – his 1st of the season.
Marlon Byrd went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s and 1 run scored. Byrd has a 4-game hitting streak going – going 10 for 17 with 4 RBI’s and 4 runs scored during that hot stretch. Ryan Theriot reached base 5 times with a double, single, 2 walks, and on a force play. He scored a career-high 4 runs in the win.
With Reds and Cards losses, the Cubs cut their lead in the NL Central to 6.5 games. Now the Cubs head to Milwaukee to face the Brewers where the Cubs pulled off a 3-game sweep back in late April.