Game One Hundred Ten – Cubs 3 Mets 8
WP – Tom Glavine (10-6) LP – Jason Marquis (8-7) Save – None
The Wrigley Faithful were able to see a little piece of history on Sunday night. Tom Glavine became the 23rd pitcher in the history of baseball to win his 300th career game and the first to accomplish the feat at Wrigley Field. He became only the 5th left-handed pitcher in Major League history to reach the milestone. Glavine allowed 2 runs on 6 hits in 6 1/3 innings and drove in the first run of the game with a single to center in the 2nd inning after a 2-out walk to Lastings Milledge.
Alfonso Soriano singled with 2 outs in the 3rd inning for the first Cub hit against Glavine but was helped off the field on the next play of the game. Soriano attempted to go from 1st to 3rd on a single by Ryan Theriot and pulled up between 2nd and 3rd and hopped into the bag on one leg. Several reports stated Soriano left with a right quad strain and was originally listed as day to day but several reports after the game said Soriano will be out for at least two weeks and perhaps a month. The air was let out of Wrigley at that point and the rest of the team appeared to go through the motions until the 7th inning. Kerry Wood made his first appearance since June 6, 2006 and threw a solid inning of relief. He reached 95 MPH on the gun and struck out Jose Reyes for the third out of the inning. Wood gave up a hit and threw 14 pitches, 8 were strikes.
The Cubs battled back and scored 2 runs in the 7th inning to cut the Mets lead to 5-3 but Will Ohman, Michael Wuertz and Ryan Dempster gave up 3 runs in the last 2 innings that put the game out of reach against the Mets bullpen. The Cubs finished the 7-game homestand with a 3-4 record and with loss are still 6 games above .500. The loss of Alfonso Soriano changed the entire game. Jason Marquis had allowed only a single run to that point and appeared to be on track to give Lou Piniella a solid outing. The Cubs also appeared to be on the verge of another 2-out rally and would have had runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs and Derrek Lee at the plate. But that all changed when Soriano pulled up and the Faithful in attendance and from coast to coast let out a collective expletive….and then became totally silent as Soriano was helped off the field, down the stairs and into the clubhouse.
One player does not make a team and the Cubs are in good shape in the standings in the central as well as the wild card but Lou Piniella will have to find a way to motivate his crew yet again, one that has been underachieving especially during this past homestand, and Jim Hendry will have to be allowed to make a move to help while Soriano is out.
Jason Marquis ended up with another rough outing. After working out of a jam in the 1st inning he gave up a 2-out walk in the 2nd inning to Lastings Milledge. Milledge stole 2nd and scored on Tom Glavine’s single to center, it was the pitcher’s third RBI of the season. Marquis retired the heart of the Mets in order in the 3rd but gave up a 2-out hit to Milledge in the 4th and walked Tom Glavine before retiring Jose Reyes to end the inning.
Marquis reverted back to his recent form in the 5th. He gave up a lead off single to Luis Castillo. David Wright flied out to center but Angel Pagan took the out for granted as Castillo raced back to 1st to tag. Castillo advanced to 2nd and scored on a double to right by Carlos Delgado. Shawn Green then doubled to right to score Delgado and the Mets were well on their way to giving Glavine his 300th victory.
Marquis gave up another hit to Milledge in the 6th and he scored on a single by Jose Reyes with the infield in. Lou Piniella brought in Scott Eyre to finish the inning and he allowed the 5th and final run to score on a ground out by Delgado. Marquis gave up 5 runs on 9 hits in 5 1/3 innings with 3 walks and 1 strikeout.
After the Cubs cut the Mets lead to 5-3, Will Ohman once again did not miss any bats. He gave up 2 runs on 3 hits in 1/3 of an inning….with a little help from Michael Wuertz. Ryan Dempster gave up the last run of the night after Jose Reyes tripled to lead off the inning.
The Mets recorded 16 hits and were walked 7 times (3 intentional) that is a total of 23 base runners in 9 innings. They stole 4 bases and were very agressive on the bases….they forced the Cubs’ defense to make plays.
The Cubs scored their first run of the game after back-to-back doubles by Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez in the 6th and added 2 more in the 7th. Angel Pagan doubled to left with 1 out to chase Tom Glavine from the game. Jason Kendall followed with a single to right to advance Pagan to 3rd. Jacque Jones grounded out to 2nd to score Pagan and Mike Fontenot doubled to left to score Kendall. Ryan Theriot became the tying run but flied out to center to end the inning.
Lou Piniella’s crew was cooled off by two of the better teams in the league.
The Cubs will start a 7-game road trip on Monday with their first games of the season in Houston. Rich Hill is scheduled to face fellow lefty Wandy Rodriguez.