Game Seventy-Five – Cubs 8 White Sox 6
WP – Ryan Dempster (6-6) LP – John Danks (7-6) Save – None
Carlos Marmol made the final score a little closer than it should have been, but other than Marmol’s struggles in the ninth, the Cubs put together a good day at the Cell. The Cubs salvaged the final game of the weekend and picked up a much-needed win behind Ryan Dempster … his first career victory on the South Side.
Tyler Colvin led the way once again. Colvin hit his 10th longball, second in a row against a southpaw, off John Danks in the third. Colvin’s three-run shot to right gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead … and Lou’s crew kept tacking on. Tyler Colvin finished the game 3-for-5 with a homer, two runs scored and four RBI, all out of the leadoff spot.
Starlin Castro and Geovany Soto were right in the middle of the action Sunday afternoon. Soto recorded the Cubs’ first hit off of Danks in the third and scored on Colvin’s homer. Soto also doubled in a run in four trips to the plate (3-for-4 with a runs scored and a RBI). Castro was solid in the field and finished the day 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
Derrek Lee broke the game open in the fifth with a double and drove in two of the Cubs’ eight runs. Aramis Ramirez doubled in five trips to the plate and Alfonso Soriano hit his team leading 11th homer in the eighth off of Tony Pena. Soriano also walked and scored a pair of runs.
The Cubs beat John Danks for the first time … and the Cubs inconsistently consistent offense scored eight runs on 14 hits with four doubles and two dingers in nine innings Sunday afternoon.
Ryan Dempster posted his first career win at the Cell after getting off to a rough start. Dempster labored through a 24-pitch first inning and gave up two runs on a two-out single by Carlos Quentin. The biggest out of the game probably came in the first when Dempster struck out A.J. Pierzynski with runners on second and third with two outs … and the Sox already up 2-0.
Dempster continued to struggle with his command before settling down in the fourth. Dempster completed seven innings and allowed three runs on nine hits with a walk and eight strikeouts. Paul Konerko hit his 20th longball of the season off Dempster in the sixth. Konerko’s solo shot was the 15th homer Dempster has served up this season (10 in last 11 games) … he allowed 22 all last year in 200 innings.
With the win, Lou’s crew finished play against the American League in 2010 with an 8-10 record. The Cubs won just twice during the six game road trip (2-4) and they find themselves staring at a record that is nine games under .500 (33-42) … Sunday was and is just one game. Yes, the Cubs won and beat the White Sox but until the Cubs win five or six in a row, the once a series win should just be considered a good day for a bad baseball team. With that said, the Cubs played a good game Sunday afternoon. They must find a way to build off a win instead of constantly making excuses for why they can’t on a daily basis.
After the first inning the Cubs looked like they were well on their way to being swept for the third time at the Cell. Omar Vizquel singled to left with one out and advanced to third on a single to left center by Alex Rios. Rios stole second with Konerko at the plate.
Ryan Dempster struck out Konerko but Carlos Quentin singled to left on a 1-1 pitch. Vizquel and Rios scored, 2-0 Sox. Mark Kotsay followed with a single then a wild pitch with Pierzynski advanced both runners to second and third. Dempster struck out A.J. swinging to end the inning.
The Cubs offense muddled through the second inning. John Danks retired the side in order on just eight pitches … and Danks looked poised to throw a no-hitter after just two innings.
Dempster worked out of another jam in the second and if not for an interference call on Gordon Beckham, the Sox might have added to their lead. Alexei Ramirez reached on an infield single to third … Aramis Ramirez took too long to make the throw to first. Alexei broke from first on a 0-2 pitch to Beckham. Beckham swung and missed … and interfered with Soto’s throw to second. Ramirez stole the bag but was called out by rule.
Juan Pierre then walked and stole second but Vizquel grounded out to short to end the inning. After two innings, Dempster had thrown 46 pitches.
Geovany Soto led off the third with a single to left, the Cubs first hit. Starlin Castro put together a solid at bat and single to right on the eighth pitch from Danks.
Tyler Colvin then lined Danks’ first pitch into the Cubs’ pen just beyond the wall in right. Colvin tied the team lead (at the time) with his 10th homer of the season … and another longball off a tough lefty … Maybe Lou will get the hint that the Kid can hit lefties.
Dempster faced the minimum in the third after Soto threw out Rios at second.
The Cubs tacked on in the fifth after Colvin reached on a one-out single to center. Marlon Byrd singled to center and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Derrek Lee ripped a 2-2 pitch from Danks down the left field line. Colvin and Byrd scored … 5-2 Cubs.
Alfonso Soriano scored the Cubs’ sixth run off of John Danks in the sixth. Soriano walked to start the inning and chased Danks from the game. Geovany Soto greeted Tony Pena with a double to left. Soriano scored from first … 6-2 Cubs.
Dempster started the bottom of the sixth after throwing 88 pitches through the first five. Paul Konerko greeted him with a homer to left on a 1-1 pitch. Dempster retired Quentin and struck out both Kotsay and Pierzynski to end the inning.
The Cubs tacked on a pair in the eighth … and the two runs ended up being the difference in the game.
Alfonso Soriano hit his first homer since June 11 (White Sox) to left against Pena. Soto followed with a single and chased Pena from the game. Randy Williams replaced Pena and induced a double play off the bat of Jeff Baker.
Starlin Castro doubled to left center on a 2-2 offering from Williams. Then Colvin delivered his fourth RBI of the game against a lefty. The Kid singled to right on a 2-0 pitch and drove in Castro with the Cubs’ eighth run.
Sean Marshall retired the White Sox in order in the bottom of the eighth.
Carlos Marmol took the mound in the ninth with a 8-3 lead … Marmol’s first action since Thursday.
Marmol struck out Carlos Quentin to start the inning but issued back-to-back walks to Mark Kotsay and A.J. Pierzynski. Alexei Ramirez flied out to left for the second out.
Gordon Beckham doubled to left on a 1-0 pitch. Kotsay scored and cut the Cubs’ lead to 8-4. With runners on second and third with two outs, Juan Pierre singled to right on a 0-1 pitch. A.J. and Beckham scored … 8-6 Cubs.
Marmol then walked Andruw Jones and put the tying run on first. Brent Lillibridge pinch ran for Jones but Marmol struck out Alex Rios swinging on a 2-2 pitch to end the game.
Sunday was a good day for the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs welcome the Mighty Pirates to town for the first of three Monday night. Randy Wells will face Paul Maholm in the opener.