The Cubs took 3 of 4 from the Giants in San Francisco, but could not pull off the sweep as Randy Wells suffered his 10th loss of the season. Wells struggled all game long, pitching just 5 1/3 innings, giving up 5 ER on 10 hits and 2 walks. His bid for a season with an ERA under 3.00 is in jeopardy as his ERA rose to 3.18 with the loss.
There was little else to cheer about in the finale as Matt Cain held the Cubs scoreless through the game’s 1st 8 innings. One bright spot – Justin Berg – who pitched another scoreless inning in relief. In 7 September appearances, Berg has pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just 5 hits and 1 walk during that span. The 25-year old is showing off his stuff in an effort to steal aspot in the 2010 Cubs bullpen.
The Cubs pulled off the dramatic win on Thursday night with Jeff Baker’s 2-strike, 2-out, 2-run HR off Giants closer Brian Wilson that gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead. Carlos Marmol made it 12 for 12 in save chances since being named the Cubs new closer at the end of August.
Carlos Zambrano finally lived up to his “ace” status with a dominating win over Tim Lincecum on Friday night. Zambrano pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8. Zambrano even drove in 2 of the Cubs’ 3 runs with a ground out in the 7th inning and a double in the 9th inning. Zambrano threw just 98 pitches as he was on his “A” game all night long.
Tom Gorzelanny picked up his 7th win in 2009 with a nice 5-inning outing on Saturday. He gave up just 1 run on 5 hits and 3 walks with 5 K’s.
The Cubs have 7 more games to go in this frustrating 2009 MLB schedule. Let’s hope they finish on a positive note. At 81-74, one more win guarantees the Cubs a 3rd straight non-losing season….