The Cubs showed some grit against the Cardinals over the weekend in a “must-sweep series” at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. And while they could finish off the sweep on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, I was impressed with the fact that the Cubs actually won the series.
In Saturday’s 6-5 win, give credit to Tom Gorzelanny for pitching well enough for the Cubs to win. He tossed 6 innings of 3-run ball (despite 7 hits and 3 walks) to pick up his 4th straight win and 6th overall.
Youth proved useful again as well. Andrew Cashner tossed 2 innings of relief in the 7th and 8th innings to get the ball to Cubs closer Carlos Marmol with a 1-run lead. Despite putting the tying run on with a walk in the 9th inning, Marmol got the job done with 2 K’s to pick up his 18th save of the season. Tyler Colvin led off the game with a home run again and Starling Castro had 3 hits, 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored.
In Sunday’s tough 4-3 loss, the longball came back to haunt Ryan Dempster again. Dempster did not have his best stuff, but he gutted out 103 pitches over 7 innings to put the Cubs in position to win the game. He gave up 9 hits and 4 walks and his 6th inning home run to Albert Pujols ended up tying the game at 3.
Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol each worked scoreless innings of relief, but Brian Schlitter served up Felipe Lopez’s game-winning home run in the 11th inning as the Cubs lost 4-3. The Cubs had their chances against Chris Carpenter and 4 Cardinals relievers, but they could never push across that extra run in any given inning. Marlon Byrd, Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Theriot each had 2 hits in the loss.
Carlos Silva goes for win number 10 on the season in Houston tonight. Silva has not made it out of the 2nd inning in either of his last 2 starts, so let’s hope he puts together a good game tonight…