Lopez Outduels Halladay in Cubs 6-1 Win Over Phillies?!?! – Wrigley Field 7/19/11

Posted on 19 July 2011 by Lou

Wasn’t sure if I was dreaming last night or watching the unbelievable?  Rodrigo Lopez topping Roy Halladay in the Cubs 6-1 win?  Crazy stuff – I guess that’s why you play the games.

Lopez picked up his 2nd win of the season, scattering 5 hits over 6+ innings in an improbable win over arguably the best pitcher in baseball.  He did not walk a batter and only allowed 1 run on Jimmy Rollins solo home run in the 4th inning.  Manager Mike Quade decided to go with James Russell in the 7th after Lopez gave up 2 singles even though one single was erased on a double-play ball.  Jeff Samardzija pitched a perfect 8th inning.  Carlos Marmol made his 1st appearance since blowing 2 saves.  Marmol retired the 1st 2 batters he faced before walking 2 batters with 2 outs.  He got John Mayberry to strikeout to end the game.

Aramis Ramirez powered the Cubs offense with a solo home run and a sacrifice fly.  Carlos Pena had 3 hits including his 20th HR of the season.  Starlin Castro Darwin Barney and Marlon Byrd each had 2 hits in the win.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Cubs tonight.  They will try to beat another “Phillies ace” in Cliff Lee – Lee has dominated the Cubs of late – 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 5 career starts against the north siders.  Good luck with that Matt Garza…

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