Game One Hundred Five – Cubs 7 Phillies 3
WP – Jason Marquis (8-6) LP – Adam Eaton (9-7) Save – None

wflag.jpg Lou Piniella’s crew finished the month of July the same way it began, with a win. In between the Cubs won another 15 games to finish an improbable month with a 17-9 record, their most wins in July since 2000. The Cubs 17 wins in July were the most in the National League and the second best in the big leagues behind the Yankees with 18.

Jason Marquis turned in a solid performance to earn his 8th victory of the year. Marquis improved his record to 5-2 after Cub losses; he allowed 3 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings. The Cubs came from behind once again. Jacque Jones doubled in 2 runs in the 6th, Mike Fontenot added a pinch hit RBI single and Jason Kendall singled with 2-outs and the bases loaded in the 7th that drove in the final 2 runs of the game.

The adventure, known as Jason Marquis, pitched a very good game. Marquis was ahead in the count most of the night and most importantly, he kept the ball down. He recorded 9 groundouts to 5 fly outs and the only mistake he made was the home run to Pat Burrell. The second run he allowed came after Jacque Jones lost what appeared to be a routine fly to center. The ball bounced on the warning track and ended up in the stands. Tadahito Iguchi was given a double and Greg Dobbs scored the tying run on a ground out to short by Jimmy Rollins a batter later. Marquis has had problems this season with letting plays like that affect him, but not on Tuesday. He intentionally walked Ryan Howard with the go ahead run on 3rd then Marquis ended the inning with a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Aaron Rowand. Marquis appeared to stay focused and did not let the miscue by Jones rattle him.

Marquis worked around a 1-out walk to Iguchi in the 1st and struck out Howard to end the inning. He gave up back-to-back 1-out singles to Pat Burrell and Chris Coste in the 2nd. Chris Roberson followed with a single to center that scored Burrell to cut the Cubs’ lead to 2-1. Marquis struck out Adam Eaton on a fouled bunt attempt and retired Dobbs on a fly out to center to end the inning.

Marquis walked Iguchi for the second time to lead off the 3rd. He stole 2nd with Rollins at the plate but Howard grounded out to Ryan Theriot in the shift and Rowand flied out to center to end the inning….at the end of 3 innings, Marquis had thrown 63 pitches, 40 for strikes.

In the 4th Marquis gave up a 2-out single to Roberson but Jacque Jones made a nice running catch in left center off the bat of Eaton that ended the inning and kept the Phillies from tying the game. In the 5th, Dobbs led off with a single to left center. Iguchi doubled, Dobbs scored on the groundout by Rollins and Rowand grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning….but the groundout by Rollins tied the game at 2.

Pat Burrell led off the 6th with a home run to left field. Roberson singled to left with 1-out but Eaton struck out, Roberson stole 2nd and Dobbs flied out to Jones to end the inning and his outing. Marquis gave the Cubs just what they needed….a good start.

Will Ohman took the mound in the 7th. He retired Iguchi to start the inning on a strikeout and Jimmy Rollins grounded out to 3rd but Ryan Howard singled to center over Theriot’s head. Piniella brought in Carlos Marmol to face Aaron Rowand….two pitches later, Rowand flied out to center to end the inning.

Carlos Marmol struck out the side looking in the 8th, but did give up the 4th hit on the night to Chris Roberson….just plain nasty! Bobby Howry gave up 2 singles in the 9th. Iguchi singled just over the leaping DeRosa at 2nd base and Rollins singled to center off the glove of a diving Jacque Jones. But Howry struck out Ryan Howard and Aaron Rowand swinging to end the game.

The Cubs bullpen gave up 4 hits in relief of Marquis in 3 innings with no runs or walks allowed and 6 strikeouts.

The Cubs got on the board in the 1st inning. Alfonso Soriano reached on an infield single to the hole at short. Ryan Theriot reached on an error by Adam Eaton. Theriot bunted to sacrifice Soriano to 2nd but Eaton threw the ball away. Soriano ended up at 3rd and Theriot at 2nd. Derrek Lee followed with a ground out to short to score Soriano, Theriot advanced to 3rd. Aramis Ramirez then doubled off the left field wall to score Theriot but Cliff Floyd lined out, Mark DeRosa walked and Jacque Jones grounded out to 1st to end the inning.

After the Ramirez double, Eaton did not allow another hit until a 1-out single by Jason Marquis in the 5th. Soriano reached on another infield single and Ryan Theriot walked to load the bases. Derrek Lee swung at the 1st pitch and popped out to shallow right then Ramirez grounded out to 2nd to end the inning.

Cliff Floyd led off the 6th with a single to right. DeRosa singled to center and Jacque Jones doubled to left. Floyd scored but DeRosa held at 3rd. Pat Burrell bobbled the ball and DeRosa tried to score from 3rd. The relay throw was there and DeRosa made a very good slid to avoid the tag….the Cubs were ahead 4-3. Jason Kendall sacrificed them to 2nd and 3rd and Mike Fontenot came off the bench. He singled to right on the first pitch he saw and drove in Jones with the third run of the inning.

The Cubs loaded the bases in the 7th after a lead off walk to Derrek Lee. Ramirez hit a ball back up the middle that ricocheted off of Geoff Geary’s leg to Ryan Howard, he picked up the middle and stepped on 1st for the out. Floyd was intentionally walked, Piniella brought in Angel Pagan to pinch run and Geary walked DeRosa on 4 pitches to load the bases. Jacque Jones struck out but Jason Kendall singled to right center to score both Lee and Pagan. Carlos Marmol batted for himself and struck out to end the inning.

Tuesday night was a good win for the Cubs. They beat a very good Phillies team, ended their 4-game winning streak and gave Adam Eaton his first career loss at Wrigley. Marquis had a good outing and they kept pace with the Brewers and kept the distance between themselves and the Cardinals.

Rich Hill will try to take game 3 on Wednesday night against Jamie Moyer.

Quote of the Day

"When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all." – Theodore Roosevelt