Game Nineteen – Cubs 3 Marlins 1
It was 39 degrees at the start of the game on Tuesday night and the wind was howling in from center…..cold and the wind blowing in from center? A pitchers dream indeed. The veteran Dontrelle Willis against the rookie Sean Marshall. Marshall was making his 4th career start and his second at Wrigley. Willis has never lost in the month of April and came in with a perfect record at the Friendly Confines. Things are a changing….Willis lost tonight in April at Wrigley as the Cubs won 3-1; Sean Marshall threw a gem to go 2-0 on this young season. Marshall looked fantastic tonight not allowing a hit until Chris Aguila singled with one out in the fifth. The base runner was short lived as Reggie Abercrombie hit into and inning ending double play. Marshall allowed only two hits tonight in seven innings of work, he struck out seven and the most impressive stat…he walked only two. Marshall has never worked past the 5th inning and has never thrown more than 86 pitches. Tonight he was on cruise control working into the 7th with a pitch count of 96….58 for strikes. Granted the wind was blowing in at 18mph and of course that did help Marshall on Tuesday night, as the Marlins hit the ball in the air many times. But who’s to say all of his chats with Maddog didn’t come into play on Tueday and that was just part of his strategy? Regardless, wind or no wind, he has earned his spot in this rotation with or without Prior and Wood.
Matt Murton was the Cubs offense on Tuesday, he must have been reading MLB.com “who’s hot who’s not” link. Murton was listed as not being “hot” as of late as he has been in a mini slump. In the Bottom of the 4th Aramis started the inning with a walk, Barrett moved him to 2nd with a sac bunt and Aramis scored when Murton singled to center. Aramis had a picture perfect slide into home just beating the tag by the old south sider Miguel Olivo. Jacque Jones ended the inning grounding into a double play. Cubs 1 Marlins 0.
In the bottom of the 7th, the Cubs must have been inspired by the rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” sung by the INTERCEPTOR Nathan Vasher….the cornerback of the NFC Central Division Champion Chicago Bears. Barrett led off the bottom of the 7th with a double to center, and scored as Murton doubled to left. Jacque Jones sacrificed Murton to third, Hairston stepped to plate and that’s when it happened….the squeeze. Hariston laid down a perfect bunt and Murton raced home to score. Cubs 3 Marlins 0.
The Marlins scored once in the top of the 8th when Howry relieved Marshall but that’s all they would get. Dempster came in the ninth and recorded his 6th save of the year and added to his Cub record 25th straight save dating back to July 24th of 2005.
Tonight we have two CCO players of the game….M & M….Murton going 3-3 with two RBI’s and Marshall for a very veteran esque pitched game.
Tomorrow we go for the sweep as Angel Guzman makes his major league debut against Chicago Suburb native Scott Olsen. Should be a good one, we all having been waiting for an Angel….in one way or another.
Until next time….but always, GO CUBBIES!!!!