Z Happy Ending – Cubs 1 Padres 0

Game Sixteen – Cubs 1 Padres 0 – 10 innings
WP – Carlos Marmol (1-1) LP – Chad Qualls (0-1) Save – None

wflag.jpgOn a cold, frigid night at Wrigley Field (34 degrees at game time with wind chill in the 20s), the Cubs and Padres played into extra innings with the Q’s squad coming out on top thanks to an extra out in the 10th.

Kosuke Fukudome worked a one out walk against Chad Qualls. Geovany Soto hit a grounder to short that the Padres could not turn two on. Jason Bartlett’s toss to Orlando Hudson was high and the veteran second baseman had to make sure of one … and could not turn two. Fukudome was forced at second but Soto reached to keep the inning alive.

Mike Quade called on the struggling Tyler Colvin to hit for Carlos Marmol … and he delivered.

Tyler Colvin ripped a 1-1 pitch down the right field line. Ivan DeJesus waived Soto home as the relay throw from Chris Denorfia missed the cut off man. Geovany Soto scored the only run of the game on the only extra base hit of the game.

Carlos Zambrano was tremendous and gave his team exactly what they needed … a nice long quality start. Z notched the Cubs first quality start since April 4 with eight innings of shutout ball. Z gave up just three hits, walked only one batter and struck out 10 for the first time since his no hitter in 2008.

Big Z threw 110 pitches, 69 for strikes, and still has not lost a game since he returned to the rotation last year (10-0 in 14 starts).

Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol were not only effective but they were efficient. Marshall retired two of the three batters he faced on five pitches.

Q called on Carlos Marmol in the ninth with the go ahead run on second base. After Marmol hit Jorge Cantu with his first pitch, Marmol struck out Nick Hundley to end the inning. Marmol gave up an infield single to Jason Bartlett in the top of the tenth but that was it and picked up four outs on 23 pitches, 17 for strikes.

With Monday’s victory, the Cubs evened their record at 8-8 … the eighth time the Cubs have been at the .500-mark on the young season.

Monday’s victory marked the first time this season the Cubs shutout their opponent and Q’s squad improved to 3-2 in one-run games

Monday was a pitcher’s night at the Frozen Confines. The wind knocked down several balls that would have left the park on other days.

The Cubs offense managed only five hits but it was the fifth one that was the difference.

It was good to see Carlos Zambrano step up and pitch the way he did after Sunday’s loss in Colorado. The Cubs needed Z to pitch like an ace … and Z delivered, no sleeves and all.

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

Weather permitting (90% chance of rain, high in the low 40s), Tuesday is another ‘Bullpen Day‘ for Q’s squad. James Russell is slated to make his second start against Mr. Hard-Luck, Dustin Moseley.

Quote of the Day

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else." - Charles Dickens
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  • Greenjeff1

    Neil,

    I like your game recaps alot, but the “Z” in the article titles every time Zambrano pitches are really getting tiresome.

    Jeff

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thanks Jeff. My wife said the same, old habits are sometimes hard to break. Without going back and looking I think I started doing it late in 2007 … around the time we all started commenting in third person as our tribute to Zambrano.