Just Good Baseball

Game Eighty – Cubs 5 Brewers 1
WP – Jason Marquis (6-4) LP – Dave Bush (6-7) Save – None

wflag.jpg The Cubs bounced back from the lopsided loss on Saturday with a solid win behind Jason Marquis. Ryan Theriot hit 3 doubles and scored 3 times and for the second time in the series Aramis Ramirez had the game winning RBI. The Cubs took 2 of 3 from the division leading Brewers and on the season have beaten them 7 out of 12 times.

Jason Marquis picked up his first win since May 9th in impressive fashion. He threw 7 strong innings and made only one mistake, a leadoff home run in the 6th by Corey Hart. Marquis kept the ball down to the tune of 12 groundball outs while striking out 5 and walking 1. Carlos Marmol pitched the last 2 innings of the game and was not eligible for the save but was just plain nasty. He struck out 4 of the 7 batters he faced, including Prince Fielder and Bill Hall to end the game. The Cubs won their third consecutive series and finished the 6-game homestand with only one loss. Jason Marquis gave his team and exactly what Lou Piniella needed, innings and a quality start. Marquis worked fast and efficiently, kept the ball down and threw first pitch strike after first pitch strike….it was clearly Marquis best outing since May 9th. Marquis threw 77 pitches, 54 were for strikes and pitched out of what trouble he found himself in. The lone walk Marquis issued was issued with 1-out in the 3rd inning and the first run he gave up came in the 4th.

J.J. Hardy led off the 4th with a single over Ryan Theriot’s head at short. Ryan Braun followed with a bloop single to left. The Cubs were up by 4 at the time and Prince Fielder stepped in with a chance to put his team right back in the game. Marquis threw Fielder strike one and a pitch later he hit a long fly to right center (the wind appeared to hold the ball in). Angel Pagan made a nice running catch and threw the ball back in very quickly. Hardy tagged and went to 3rd but Braun had to hold at 1st. Bill Hall hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning….another ground out from Marquis.

In the 5th, Geoff Jenkins tripled off the door just to the left of center with 1-out. Pagan made a nice attempt but came up short. Rickie Weeks followed with a grounder to the hole at short, Ramirez cut it off and threw out Weeks at 1st but for some reason Jenkins did not break on contact and was unable to score. Marquis struck out Dave Bush to end the inning….the mistake by Jenkins helped keep the shutout intact, the Cubs got a big break.

Corey Hart extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a home run to left to start the 6th. Marquis has not responded to adversity over the last two months but on Sunday he did. Marquis settled back in and retired Hardy on a fly out and both Braun and Fielder on groundouts to the right side of the infield. Marquis struck out Hall and Estrada swinging to start the 7th and recorded his last out of the day on a fly out to left by Jenkins.

Marquis pitched a very good game, he was helped by the wind but his sinker was working well and he hit his spots all afternoon.

Carlos Marmol on the other hand, was just plain dominant. Marmol retired the Brewers in order on 9 pitches in the 8th….all strikes, 2 strikeouts and a pop up behind homeplate. In the 9th he gave up a bloop single to left center by J.J. Hardy….the ball hit off the heal of Soriano’s glove. Ryan Braun followed with what appeared to be an extra base hit to the corner in right but Mark DeRosa made a fine running catch to take away the hit. Marmol settled down with Hardy at 3rd and struck out Prince Fielder on three straight pitches and Bill Hall on four pitches. Marmol threw 23 pitches in 2 innings, 21 were nasty strikes.

The Brewers showed how good their offense is on Saturday, on Sunday they managed just 5 hits off of Jason Marquis and Carlos Marmol.

Ryan Theriot did a very good job in his return to the 2-hole of Lou Piniella’s lineup. The Riot jump-started the Cubs lineup and scored 3 of their 5 runs while hitting 3 doubles….2 to the left side and 1 to the right. Derrek Lee was 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored and a RBI but it was Aramis Ramirez, once again, that drove in the winning runs, on Sunday they came in the 1st inning and not the 9th.

With 1-out in the 1st inning, Theriot doubled down the right field line into the Brewers’ bullpen. Derrek Lee followed with a bloop single to center but Mike Quade held Theriot at 3rd with 1-out. Aramis Ramirez followed with a ringing double to right center, Theriot and Lee scored. Mark DeRosa struck out on a 3-2 changeup from Bush and Mike Fontenot flied out to center to end the inning (Fontenot’s 12-game hitting streak came to an end on Sunday).

Ryan Theriot led off the 3rd inning with a double into the corner in left. Derrek Lee singled to left and Geoff Jenkins threw a strike to the plate. The ball beat Theriot but he slid around the tag of Johnny Estrada and was called safe (the replay showed the Cubs caught a break, Theriot appeared to be out). Theriot forced the call with a very good slide and Lee moved to 2nd on the throw. Ramirez followed with a pop up just up the 3rd base line right around home plate. Ryan Braun called off Estrada, neither appeared to know where the ball was, but the ball bounced off the heal of Braun’s glove….Ramirez safe at 1st and Lee moved to 3rd. Mark DeRosa followed with a single to center to score Lee. Fontenot struck out and Pagan grounded out to 1st; it was a productive out as the runners advanced to 2nd and 3rd. Koyie Hill then flew out to the warning track in right to end the inning, the wind appeared to hold the ball in the park.

After the DeRosa single in the 3rd, Dave Bush retired 10 in a row before walking Angel Pagan with 1-out in the 6th. Koyie Hill walked and Marquis laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt. Soriano flied out to Corey Hart in foul ground to end the inning….it was a good sliding catch.

The Riot hit his 3rd double of the day to lead off the 7th. Lee followed with another single but it was hit too hard to try to score Theriot. Aramis Ramirez grounded into a 4-6-3 double play and Theriot scored the 5th and final run of the day.

The Cubs set a new 3-game series attendance record on Sunday. 124,810 fans attended the 3-game series against the Brewers.

The Cubs played a good game on Sunday. They pitched well, had timely hits and made plays in the field….what else can Lou Piniella ask for?

The Cubs first half home schedule is over and they open a 7-game road trip in the Nation’s Capitol on Monday night with the first of 4 against the Nationals. Ted Lilly is scheduled to take the mound against former Cub, Jason Simontacchi.