Game One Hundred – Cubs 5 Astros 2
WP – Carlos Silva (10-4) LP – Wesley Wright (0-1) Save – Carlos Marmol (19)
The Cubs beat the Astros for just the fourth time in 2010 on Monday night (4-6) behind a decent outing from Carlos Silva … and a lot of extra base hits. Carlos Silva did his job and just enough to earn his 10th win of the season.
After two horrible outings and a shaky start, Silva settled down and completed five innings. Silva allowed one run on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts on 90 pitches, 55 for strikes.
The Cubs defense bailed out Silva early in the game before falling apart late. Tyler Colvin and Marlon Byrd made outstanding running catches to end the first and second innings.
Wesley Wright lost to the Cubs for the first time in his short career. The Cubs came out swinging Monday night against the young southpaw. The Cubs pounded out 13 hits, seven for extra bases, and the Cubs first four hits (and five of first six) went for doubles. Each player in Piniella’s starting eight recorded at least one hit Monday night.
Geovany Soto gave the Cubs the lead for good with two-run double in the second. Soto left in the bottom of the sixth after fouling a ball off his foot in the top of the inning.
Alfonso Soriano (2-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and a RBI) added to the Cubs lead with a two-out double in the third.
Ryan Theriot ended the longest homer drought in the big leagues Monday night. Theriot hit his first home run of the season and the first since June 29, 2009 … a span of 700 at bats.
Tyler Colvin (1-for-5 with a triple) and Starlin Castro (2-for-5 with a double) continued to produce at the top of the lineup. The Dynamic Duo combined for a 3-for-10 night with a double and a triple.
The mental mistakes and defensive miscues nearly caught up with the Cubs in the seventh and eighth innings … but Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol shut the door in the eighth and ninth to close it out.
With the win, Lou’s crew improved to 46-54 on the season … eight games below the mediocre mark.
But the offense was the difference in the first game in Houston.
The Astros jumped out to an early lead in the first inning. Michael Bourn doubled off the wall in right and advanced to third on a ground out to short by Angel Sanchez. Castro thought about throwing to third but did not pull a Theriot and got the sure out at first.
Carlos Silva fell behind Lance Berkman 3-1 before Berkman hit a soft single into center that plated Bourn with the game’s first run. Silva struck out Hunter Pence on four pitches then Tyler Colvin took away extra bases from Carlos Lee … Colvin’s running catch toward the line in right ended the inning.
The Cubs took the lead in the second. Marlon Byrd walked to lead off the frame. Alfonso Soriano doubled to right (and ran this time). With runners on second and third with no outs, Geovany Soto doubled to left on a 2-0 offering from Wright. Byrd and Soriano scored … 2-1 Cubs.
Ryan Theriot grounded out to third, Silva struck out and Colvin grounded out to first to end the inning.
The Astros came within a Marlon Byrd running catch of tying the game in the bottom of the second. Chris Johnson reached on a one-out single to left. Jason Castro struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch from Silva … but Johnson took second, his second stolen base of the season.
Wesley Wright stepped in and ripped Silva’s first pitch into left center. Marlon Byrd made a difficult catch look easy. He sprinted into the gap and hauled it in for the final out of the inning.
The Cubs took a 4-1 lead in the third. Derrek Lee reached on a one-out double to left center. Aramis Ramirez ripped a single into center. Lee advanced to third with one-out. Berkman took a hit away from Byrd with a diving stop in the hole. Berkman threw out Ramirez at second as Lee scored the Cubs’ third run … the always-hustling Byrd beat out the throw to first.
Alfonso Soriano ripped his second double in as many at bats, this time to left. Byrd was running on the 3-2 pitch and scored easily … 4-1 Cubs.
Ryan Theriot gave the Cubs a 5-1 lead with his first homer of the year in the sixth. Theriot ended a 700-at bat drought without a longball … the longest in the majors.
The Cubs’ rookies cost the team a run in the seventh.
Angel Sanchez reached on a two-out single to left off Justin Berg. Lance Berkman then his a grounder to the hole at second. Lee fielded the ball with his momentum taking him toward second. Starlin Castro did not cover second and Berg was late covering first. Lee got him the ball but Berg stepped over the bag.
Hunter Pence ripped Berg’s first pitch into center and plated Sanchez … 5-2 Cubs.
Lou made the slow walk and brought in Andrew Cashner to face Carlos Lee with two on and two out up by three. Cashner got ahead of Lee with a first-pitch breaking ball then induced a groundout to short to end the inning.
Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol pitched around mental and physical mistakes in the eighth and ninth to close out the game.
It is always good with the Cubs beat the ‘Stros … no matter how bad both teams may be.
Ted Lilly is scheduled to face Brett Myers on Tuesday night.