Z Beato the Metropolitans – Cubs 9 Mets 3

Game Forty-Eight – Cubs 9 Mets 3
WP – Carlos Zambrano (5-2) LP – Pedro Beato (1-1) Save – None

wflag.jpgCarlos Zambrano not only posted his first win of the season at Wrigley on Thursday afternoon but he also led his team to their first home series win since April (April 18 – April 20 against the Padres), and just the Cubs third winning series at the Friendly Confines in 2011.

Carlos Zambrano contributed on the mound and at the plate during the first six innings of Thursday’ win over the Mets. On the mound, Z allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts. Z threw 101 pitches, 62 for strikes. At the plate, Z was a perfect 3-for-3 with double, a run scored and a RBI. Z drove in the Cubs fourth run with a two-out single in the fourth. Zambrano finished the three game series 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBI.

Carlos Pena (1-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk) gave the Cubs the lead for good with his second dinger of the season at Wrigley. Pena ripped a two-run shot over the wall in right in the four-run fourth that turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 Cubs lead. Pena’s sixth home run of the year seemed to relax his teammates as they went onto to score runs in each of their final five at bats.

Alfonso Soriano doubled in a pair of runs in the fifth after the Mets had cut the Cubs lead to 4-2 in the top half of the inning. Soriano finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI. Soriano quietly ran his hitting streak to seven games and the Cubs’ left fielder has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games.

Blake DeWitt (2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored) subbing for Aramis Ramirez had a big day at the plate and Tony Campana tallied three hits in his first big league start (3-for-4 with a run scored). Campana made two fine plays in the field in the first inning but was also picked off first in the third after reaching on an infield single.

Kosuke Fukudome (3-for-4 with a walk, a home run and a run scored) hit his first home run of the season in the eighth inning, the Cubs ninth and final run of the game.

Q’s squad pounded out 17 hits and walked three times on a very cold May day at Wrigley Field.

R.A. Dickey was retiring batter after batter until he was forced to leave with two outs in the third. Dickey reportedly hurt his heal after he slipped coming off the mound trying to cover first. Dickey left after allowing four hits and no runs in 2 2/3 innings.

The Cubs defense committed three more errors Thursday afternoon, all in the first three innings of the game. Darwin Barney (2-for-4 with a sac fly and a RBI) was charged with two of the Cubs miscues.

With Thursday’s victory, the Cubs improved to 22-26 on the year, four games below the mediocre mark …

With a game time temperature of 42 degrees (34 wind chill), Carlos Zambrano delivered the first pitch after a 31-minute delay. Tony Campana helped Z work around a one-out walk to Josh Thole. Campana made two sliding catches on balls hit by Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran.

The Cubs really struggled against R.A. Dickey in the first two innings. Dickey faced the minimum in the first after inducing a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Starlin Castro and he retired the Cubs in order in the second.

The Mets got on the board in the third on one hit and two errors. Jose Reyes ripped a double into the right field corner. Reyes was going to settle for a one-out double but after Barney had trouble handling the throw from Fukudome, Reyes took off for third. Barney’s throw hit Reyes and allowed the Mets’ shortstop to hit a Little League home run. Kosuke and Barney received errors and New York took a 1-0 lead.

Z retired Thole (strikeout) and Beltran (pop out to Castro in shallow left) to end the inning.

Tony Campana reached on an infield single just past the mound to start the bottom of third. Dickey caught Campana leaning and picked him off first (1-3-6). Koyie Hill struck out looking but Zambrano singled to right to keep the inning going. Kosuke Fukudome reached on an infield single to Tejada at second because Dickey fell down as he broke to cover first. Dickey left and turned the game over to Pedro Beato.

Darwin Barney grounded out to third (Turner stepped on the bag) to end the inning.

Carlos Zambrano faced the minimum in the top of the fourth.

The Cubs went to work on Pedro Beato in the bottom of the fourth. Starlin Castro walked to start the inning and was on board for Carlos Pena’s sixth home run of the season. After Blake DeWitt flied out to right, Alfonso Soriano reached on an infield single to short. Tony Campana followed with his second hit of the game, a single to center. Soriano advanced to third on the play and scored when Koyie Hill grounded out to second. Campana ended up at third and scored on Zambrano’s single to right … 4-1 Cubs.

Kosuke Fukudome walked but Darwin Barney grounded out to short on the eighth pitch of the at bat to end the inning.

The Mets got one of the four runs back in the top of the fifth. Jason Pridie hit a triple over the head of Campana in center to start the inning. Ruben Tejada popped out and Z struck out pinch hitter Fernando Martinez. Z then walked Jose Reyes on four pitches.

Josh Thole worked the count to 3-2 (behind 0-2) before hitting a flare into left that plated Pridie with the Mets second run. Reyes ended up at third but was stranded when Z struck out Carlos Beltran on a 1-2 pitch to end the inning.

The Cubs got the run right back, and then some, in the bottom of the fifth. Carlos Pena walked with one out and advanced to third on a single to left by Blake DeWitt. Pena forced the Mets to make a play and he beat the throw to third … DeWitt took second on the play. Good, smart baserunning by the Chicago Cubs.

Alfonso Soriano launched a 0-1 pitch over Jason Bay’s head in left. Pena and DeWitt scored, 6-2 Cubs. Tony Campana grounded out to first (almost beat it out with a head first slide) and Hill fouled out to Daniel Murphy at first to end the inning.

Z retired three of the four batters he faced in the sixth to end his afternoon … on the mound.

Zambrano led off the bottom of the sixth with his third hit of the game, a double to left center. Fukudome reached on a single to center on a ball that went off Pat Misch and Jose Reyes’ glove. With runners on first and third with no outs, Terry Collins went to his pen for Taylor Buchholtz.

Darwin Barney hit a 3-2 pitch into center. Z tagged and scored the Cubs’ seventh run of the game.

Sean Marshall worked around a one-out double by Scott Hairston in the seventh.

Blake DeWitt led off the bottom of the seventh with a double to right. After Soriano struck out, Campana singled to right. Koyie Hill struck out and Quade sent up Luis Montanez to hit for Marshall.

Tim Byrdak uncorked a wild pitch on a 2-1 offering to Montanez. DeWitt scored from third, 8-2 Cubs. Montanez struck out swinging to end the inning.

Kerry Wood labored through a 25-pitch (12 for strikes) top of the eighth and gave up another run. Wood issued a one-out walk to Jason Bay on four pitches. Wood fell behind Murphy 3-0 before the Mets first baseman doubled to right on 3-2 pitch. Justin Turner grounded out to first, Bay scored … 8-3 Cubs. With Murphy at third, Willie Harris was caught looking to end the inning.

Kosuke Fukudome made it 9-3 with his first homer of the season in the bottom of the eighth.

Carlos Marmol put in a little work Thursday afternoon in a non-save situation. Marmol walked a batter (Tejada), gave up a hit (Reyes) but struck out two and did not allow a run. Marmol threw 26 pitches, 15 for strikes.

The Cubs took two of three from the New York Mets … Ron Santo is smiling.

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The Cubs welcome the Mighty Pirates back to town for the weekend. Doug Davis versus Kevin Correia in the first of three on Friday afternoon.

Quote of the Day

"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run." - Babe Ruth
  • paulcatanese

    I may be stupid here but why did Marmol even throw today? It occurs to me that
    he may be needed tommorow against the Pirates. With as large a lead as the
    Cubs had would it not have served the same thing to use someone else? Again
    I question Quade and his knowledge of the pitching staff,I thought the Cubs were
    stretched as it was.Tommorow may be another rough day on the staff with
    Davis starting.

  • Dakeller80

    I’m tired of all the Fukudome bashing going on.  Yes, I know he’s only hit 4 RBIs, but the guy is hitting .319 and gets on base 41.4% of the time.  Pretty darn good.  He’d have more than 15 runs scored if anyone on this team could hit with RISP.  He’s a solid player. . .not worth the price, but still solid.  

    • Tony

      Solid player….in April

      May 2011
      218 AVG  368 OBP (good) 273 SLG

      This might be where the critiscm comes from with Fukudome, as we are past April, and this is closer to normal for him.  He will have one more streak of good hitting, but that is all that can be expected from this “solid” player.

  • paulcatanese

    I think the wind held up at least two more homeruns (Soriono,DeWitt) and possibly
    Castro’s drive to left. It was a great sign for the Cubs with the power display.
    Also with DeWitt at third it was a breath of fresh air to take that slump that exists
    in the center of the lineup away.
    If I were Quade I would certainly entertain the idea of Campana batting leadoff.
    Any contact on the ground at all would be a 85% chance of success.
    As far as him getting picked at first, I think he just missed the guys in the dugout
    and wanted to get back there as soon as he could.

  • Brp921

    My outfield would be Soriano, Campana and Johnson. Fukudome would be a defensive replacement for Soriano. Switch Johnson to left and put Fukudome in right. The two catches by Campana in the first inning of yesterdays game convinces me that Campana should be our everyday centerfielder and so far he’s hit well enouph to lead off. A line up starting with Campana, Barney and Castro would be exciting enouph to bring my hope back that the Cubs could improove and at least make this season interesing. When Brett Jackson is ready later on this year then he could replace Johnson in right field.