Now that’s a baseball game right there, I hope you didn’t blink at all because if you did you probably missed another stellar Cubs victory. Paul Maholm and Tim Hudson were both at the top of their game this afternoon and the result was a 1-0 Cubs victory in just two hours and five minutes. After six straight shut down innings the door was open for the Cubs and they busted through. David DeJesus led the 7th off with a base hit, Campana sacrficed him to second, and Castro grounded out to the right side to move him to third with two outs. Then Bryan LaHair came up with a ginormous hit to put the Cubs on top 1-0 which was all they needed.
Cubs starters have been dominant, especially in this series, and Maholm was no different today. Maholm worked seven spotless innings only allowing three hits while earning not only his fourth win of the season but his fourth straight victory. A 4-2 home stand is good, it’s great considering the opponents. The Cubs won four of six from two of the best teams in the National League, they are showing just how good they can be, and it’s a treat to watch. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
It doesn’t get any worse than this, 8 innings of dominant stuff from Dempster only to have Carlos Marmol come in and crap all over it. Not the first time either, as Marmol has been an absolute disaster this year. After building a 3-0 lead behind solo home runs from Castro, LaHair (what else in new), and Soto, yes Soto, the Cubs were sitting pretty. Then the wheels fell off. Marmol faced five batters in the ninth and retired none of them en route to yet another blown save. Rafael Dolis was able to keep the Cubs alive by cleaning up Marmol’s mess, but the damage had already been done, on the scoreboard and mentally. The Cubs were done after Marmol blew the save, it was obvious, and the Reds made it official in the bottom of the 10th on a sacrifice fly by Rolen to win 4-3. Full box score, and highlights after the jump.
Jeff “Shark” Samardzija was outstanding once again tonight winning his third game of the year. He gave up one run on three hits, while striking out seven and walking two. Helping Samardzija tonight was the Cubs defense as they made several good plays, including a great diving stop by Blake Dewitt to start a pretty inning ending double play. Offensively, The Cubs got the scoring started in the second when Bryan LaHair led the inning off with a solo home run, his sixth of the year. The Cubs then did something they have not done much this year when Ian Stewart hit his second home run of the year. Yes, you read that correctly the Cubs hit two home runs in the same night. The rare events would not end there as Geovany Soto extended the Cubs lead to 3-1 with a two out RBI single in the sixth, his first hit with runners in scoring position after previously going 0-10 this season. Just to prove it was the Cubs night, Carlos Marmol worked a perfect ninth to end the game with no drama. This was definitely a good win for the Cubs. They made some several good plays defensively throughout the game, hit some homers, had a clutch two out hit, and got some great pitching. Hopefully more good baseball to come as things have been a lot better as of late. Full Box Score after the jump.
The Cubs are positioned to win their second series in a row after beating the Phillies this afternoon 5-1 behind a dominant Matt Garza. Garza was nasty, going 7 innings, only allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 10. Garza, the victim of some poor run support and tough luck finally got some help to record the victory. Tony Campana was once again the spark plug for the Cubs offense, this time leading off, as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and another stolen base. Bryan LaHair and Jeff Baker also had productive days at the plate. LaHair went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored, while Baker went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Joe Mather chipped in with a solo home run which is the only home run hit by a Cubs outfielder on the season, yikes. Full box score, and highlights after the jump.
Full recap, box score, and highlights after the jump.
On an evening that seemed like the “same old night” at Wrigley, the Cubs had a breakthrough. After getting dominated for 8 straight innings by Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, the Cubs took three weeks worth of frustration out on Cardinals closer Jason Motte. A combination of outstanding at bats, and a clutch base hit led to the Cubs first walk off win of the season. Full recap and highlights after the jump.
I’m sure that’s a huge relief for Paul Maholm, probably for the Cubs too. After two rough, well, bad outings the newly acquired Paul Maholm showed his employer and fans that he isn’t a complete disaster by going a strong six innings to tally his first win of the year and put a halt to the Cubs six game losing streak. The Cubs got to Reds starter Mike Leake early as they put up five runs in the first two innings, and that was all that Maholm and the Cubs needed for the victory. Full Recap and box score after the jump.