The Carlos Zambrano train keeps on chugging along. Big Z tossed 7 scoreless innings giving up just 3 hits and 4 walks along the way. He also had 5 K’s. It was his 7th win in 10 starts since returning to the starting rotation back in early August and it was his 10th win overall in 2010. At this point, it would be a huge shock if the Cubs try to move Zambrano this off-season. Without a clear #1 starter, Zambrano has started to convince people that he is still worthy of the 5-year, $80+ million deal he signed a little over 2 years ago.
Sean Marshall pitched a perfect 8th inning with 2 K’s to preserve the 1-0 lead.
Carlos Marmol made it interesting in the 9th inning but picked up his 35th save of the season. After recording 2 strikeouts to start the inning, he loaded the bases with a single, hit batsman and walk. But he got out of the jam by getting Nick Hundley to fly out to right field.
Blake DeWitt had 3 hits in the win and he drove in the lone Cubs run with a single in the 7th inning after Alfonso Soriano doubled with 2 outs. Marlon Byrd also had 3 hits for the Cubs.
The Cubs continue to play spoiler as the win knocked the Padres out of the NL Wild Card lead.