It was another frustrating night for the Cubs offense, until Anthony Rizzo took about two months of frustration out on a baseball. Trailing 2-0 in the 8th, Rizzo smacked a three-run dinger to put the Cubs in front for good, and give them the biggest win of the season.
It hasn’t taken long for Anthony Rizzo to make an impact at the Major League level for the Cubs, today he might have made his biggest one. After a punch less four innings the Cubs offense got going in the 5th inning. Starlin Castro has a tremendous two out at bat which resulted in a line drive base hit to right field to cut the Astros lead to 2-1. Anthony Rizzo followed with his biggest hit as a Cub, a towering two run home run off of left-handed starter J.A. Happ to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead heading to the 6th. The Cubs bullpen surprisingly took it from there and shut the door on the Astros over the final four innings. Matt Garza only lasted 5.1 innings, giving up two runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out one. But thanks to Scott Maine, Manual Corpas, James Russell, Shawn Camp, and Carlos Marmol, Matt Garza earned his fourth win of the season. Geovany Soto had a solid day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a walk, he also gunned down Jordan Schafer trying to steal second. Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo were the big reasons the Cubs won today, and I have a feeling that’s something we will be saying after a lot of games in the future. Cubs go for the sweep tomorrow, full box score and highlights after the jump.