One Great Inning….Cubs Win!

Game Seventy-Five – Cubs 11 White Sox 7
WP – Jason Marquis (6-3) LP – Jose Contreras (6-6) Save – Kerry Wood (19)

wflag.jpgThe Cubs came from behind for the 24th time at Wrigley Field on Saturday afternoon to beat the White Sox for the second day in a row. Jason Marquis served up two, 2-out, 2-run home runs that accounted for all 4 of the White Sox runs. Lou Piniella’s crew found themselves in a big hole against a pitcher that had allowed only 4 home runs on the season. Then Jim Edmonds stepped into the box in the bottom of the 4th….

Jim Edmonds hit a 0-1 pitch from Jose Contreras into the stands in left and Mike Fontenot followed with his first home run since May 3rd on the next offering from Contreras. The Cubs hit back-to-back homers for the second day in a row and the Cubs were down by only 1 run, 4-3.

Ryan Theriot walked after Geovany Soto grounded out to short for the innings first out. Jason Marquis missed two bunt attempts before singling to right. Kosuke Fukudome tied the game with a single to right, Marquis advanced to 3rd on the play. Eric Patterson (3-for-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, a stolen base and a RBI) singled to right to drive in Theriot with the go ahead run. Derrek Lee kept the inning going with a single to right center, Fukudome scored….6-4 Cubs.

Aramis Ramirez drove in the Cubs’ first run of the game in the 1st inning and for the second day in a row came up with the big hit. Ramirez worked the count to 2-2 and on the next offering from Contreras gave the Cubs a commanding lead. Ramirez pulled an outside pitch into the basket in left….9-4 Cubs. The dinger by Ramirez was the first one hit this season by a right-hander off of Jose Contreras.

But the Cubs were not done. Ozzie Guillen replaced Jose Contreras with lefty Boone Logan and Jim Edmonds deposited another 0-1 pitch into the bleachers in left….the second time in the inning the Cubs hit back-to-back jacks. Mark DeRosa hit for Mike Fontenot and popped out for the second out and Geovany Soto struck out to end the inning. In one of the most memorable innings in the history of the organization, the Cubs scored 9 runs in a third of an inning with 4 home runs after sending 10 to the plate.

The 9 runs were the most in a single inning since they plated 10 against the Cardinals on June 10, 2004. Jim Edmonds became only the third player in the history of the organization to hit two home runs in the same inning. Sammy Sosa accomplished the feat in the 7th inning against Houston on May 16, 1996 and Mark Bellhorn became the second in the 4th inning against the Brewers on August 29, 2002.

On the day the Cubs put their ace on the DL they won their 13th straight at the Friendly Confines, their longest consecutive streak at home since 2001, and improved to 31-8 having won 31 of their last 37 at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs continued to find ways to win after falling behind early at home. This team plays with an entirely different level of confidence at Wrigley than they do on the road. The latest comeback did not feature a walk off home run or a solo shot in the 9th to tie the game and then winning on a hit by pitch….or even coming from behind after falling behind twice by 8 runs. The comeback on Saturday featured one of the best innings in the long, storied history of the Chicago National League Ball Club, Inc.

Jason Marquis did his job and earned his 6th win of the year, 5th in a row, but was not sharp early on. Marquis gave up a 2-out single to Carlos Quentin. Jermaine Dye gave his team the early lead with his second home run in as many days and his fourth long ball in his last 3 games. Dye’s 2-run homer to left put the Sox up 2-0 before the Cubs had a chance to swing the bat.

Eric Patterson scored the Cubs first run of the game after a 1-out double in the bottom of the 1st. Derrek Lee walked and Aramis Ramirez came through with a single to right….his third RBI in as many at bats.

With the Cubs down 2-1 in the 4th inning, Nick Swisher reached on a 1-out single to center. Joe Crede flied out to center but Dewayne Wise gave the Sox a 4-1 lead with his first home run and RBI’s of the season. Wise hit a 1-0 pitch from Marquis into the bleachers in left center. The dinger by Wise was his first in the big leagues since 2004 and the 10th of his career….the last 3 coming at Wrigley. Marquis retired Alexei Ramirez to end the inning.

The Cubs 11th run of the game came in the 6th inning. Derrek Lee singled to right with 1-out and then scored on a 2-out single to center by Mark DeRosa after a walk to Jim Edmonds.

Here are a few noteworthy lines from the boxscore;

  • Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-5 with a run scored, a RBI and a double
  • Eric Patterson – 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored, a RBI, a stolen base and a double
  • Derrek Lee – 2-for-4 with 2 runs, a RBI and a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-5 with a home run and 4 RBI’s
  • Jim Edmonds – 2-for-4 with 2 home runs, 2 RBI’s, 2 runs scored and a walk
  • Jason Marquis – 2-for-4 with a run scored

The Cubs’ bullpen made the game a lot closer than it needed to be. While Bobby Howry was throwing strikes and getting hit, Carlos Marmol had another bad outing. He walked the bases loaded, allowed a run to score on a wild pitch and threw 31 pitches….only 13 strikes. Lou Piniella said after the game they do not feel it is a health issue, they think it is mechanical and plan to watch film and make corrections. The Cubs must get Marmol right….and soon.

Kerry Wood had to be used in the 9th after Howry allowed a run. With 2 on and 2 out and the tying run in the on deck circle, Piniella brought in Wood to face Nick Swisher. Wood struck out Swisher to end the game on a high fastball and recorded his 19th save of the year….tied for first in the NL with Brian Wilson of the Giants.

The Cubs beat a good White Sox team in a convincing way on Saturday….but like Lou Piniella reminds the media of often, it is just one game in June.

Ryan Dempster will try to take the third and final game of the series on Sunday night before a well-deserved day off on Monday. Ozzie Guillen will send Javier Vazquez to the mound.

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