Cubs Pen Reigns in a Win – Cubs 4 Phillies 3

Game Sixty-One – Cubs 4 Phillies 3 – 11 innings
WP – Sean Marshall (3-0) LP – David Herndon (0-1) Save – Carlos Marmol (12)

wflag.jpgA long night of baseball resulted in a win for the Chicago Cubs. For the third time on the road trip, Q’s squad played into extra innings but Thursday night in Philly ended with Carlos Marmol picking up the save.

Thursday’s game had it all … a rain delay, a dominating performance from the Cubs bullpen, a game tying home run by Geovany Soto and a review that took a home run away from Tyler Colvin all in the ninth inning … and the Cubs coming all the way back and scoring the winning run on a throwing error.

The Phillies jumped out to an early 3-0 lead against Randy Wells. Wells struggled with his command and threw a lot of pitches before high winds and rain delayed the game for an hour and 17 minutes.

When play resumed, both Wells and Kyle Kendrick did not return and it was up to the bullpens to finish out the game.

The Cubs pen threw 8 2/3 scoreless innings Thursday night and allowed the Cubs’ offense to chip away at the Phillies early lead.

Rodrigo Lopez set the tone after the delay. Lopez allowed three baserunners (two hits and a walk) in his 2 2/3 innings of work. James Russell retired the Phillies in order in the sixth and John Grabow bent a little but did not brake in his two innings.

Sean Marshall picked up the win after striking out four, walking two and giving up a hit in his two innings Thursday night. Marshall got into a two-out jam in the 10th after issuing a walk to Shane Victorino and an infield single to Raul Ibanez. Carlos Pena made a tremendous defensive play to keep Victorino from scoring on a wild throw from Starlin Castro. After intentionally walking Domonic Brown to load the bases, Marshall struck out David Herndon to end the inning.

Carlos Marmol picked up his 12th save after retiring three of the four batters he faced in the 11th.

The Cubs pen surrendered four hits, walked five and struck out six in Thursday’s come from behind victory.

Mike Quade received production from two unlikely sources Thursday … Geovany Soto and Tyler Colvin.

Geovany Soto (2-for-5 with a home run and a double) tied the game in the top of the ninth with his fourth home run of the season … the first homer allowed by Ryan Madson this season. Soto continued to look lost at the plate until the seventh when he ripped a two-out double off Michael Stutes.

Tyler Colvin (2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored) broke his 0-for-34 slump with hits in his last two at bats. Colvin appeared to hit a go ahead home run in the ninth after Geovany Soto had tied the game. The original ruling was a home run and back-to-back jacks for the second day in a row. But Charlie Manuel argued and asked for the home run to be reviewed. Fan interference was ruled and Colvin’s 0-for came to an end with a ground rule double.

Colvin ended up scoring the eventual winning run after leading off the 11th with an infield single. Colvin scored the game winner on a throwing error by Placido Polanco.

Starlin Castro (2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, a RBI and a walk) drove in the Cubs first run of the game and scored the second on a double by Carlos Pena (2-for-5 with a double and a RBI) in the eighth.

With Thursday’s win, the Cubs improved to 25-36 on the season, 11 games under the mediocre mark …

Randy Wells (three runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings, 53 pitches, 30 for strikes) really struggled with his command before the wind and rain delayed the game. Wells worked out of a self imposed jam in the first. Wells struck out Jimmy Rollins to start the game then bobbled a comebacker off the bat of Placido Polanco. Chase Utley singled to right, the first hit of the game.

Ryan Howard fouled out to left and Victorino flied out to left to end the inning.

Aramis Ramirez recorded the Cubs first hit of the game. With one out in the second, Ramirez hit a 1-2 pitch from Kyle Kendrick off the wall in left. Ramirez did not run right away and was thrown out at second trying to reach second on what should have been a routine double. DeWitt popped out to center to end the inning.

Randy Wells labored through a long second inning and before he could record three outs his team was in a huge 3-0 hole.

Raul Ibanez led off with a single to center. After Domonic Brown popped out to Darwin Barney, Wells walked the eighth place hitter, back-up catcher Dane Sardinha. Kyle Kendrick tried to bunt the runners up ninety feet but could not and fouled off a bunt attempt on a 3-2 offering from Wells.

Wells fell behind Jimmy Rollins 3-0 before serving up a 3-2 pitch to Rollins that the Phillies’ shortstop deposited into the stands beyond the right field wall. The Phillies took a 3-0 lead at that point. Polanco flied out to right on Wells’ first pitch to end the inning.

The Cubs’ right-hander threw 46 pitches, 27 for strikes, in the first two innings.

Randy Wells notched the Cubs second hit of the night in the top of the third, a two out single to right.

Chase Utley flied out to deep right to start the bottom of the third. Wells fell behind Ryan Howard 3-0 before he could not throw another pitch.

The high winds forced the game to be delayed before the rain came.

After a one hour and 17 minute delay, Rodrigo Lopez took over and issued ball four to Ryan Howard. Shane Victorino singled to right on a 1-2 pitch. Raul Ibanez flied out to center for the second out.

Lopez issued the second walk of the inning to Domonic Brown. Lopez was ahead in the count 0-2 before walking him to load the bases with two outs.

Dane Sardinha ripped a 3-2 pitch toward the hole at short. Aramis Ramirez snagged the ball with a well-timed dive into the hole. Ramirez got to his feet quickly and threw a strike to Pena at first to end the inning.

The Cubs finally broke through in the sixth.

Tony Campana hit for Rodrigo Lopez and grounded out to first to start the inning. Kosuke Fukudome followed with a fly out to center. Danys Baez helped out the struggling Cubs’ offense by hitting Darwin Barney on a 1-1 pitch.

Barney promptly stole second and scored on a single to right by Starlin Castro. Castro took second when Brown’s throw sailed over the cutoff man all the way to the plate.

J.C. Romero replaced Baez and retired Pena on a foul out to Dane Sardinha to end the inning.

With the Phillies up 3-1, the Cubs put two on in the seventh after Soto doubled to left with two outs. Tyler Colvin worked a walk and Quade went to his bench for Brad Snyder.

Charlie Manuel countered and went to his pen for his second lefty, Antonio Bastardo.

Quade went back to his bench and sent Luis Montanez up to hit for Snyder. Montanez ended up fouling out to Placido Polanco on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

The Cubs made it 3-2 in the eighth after Starlin Castro reached on a double off of Polanco’s glove. Castro ripped a 2-2 pitch from Jose Contreras down the third base line, Polanco dove but could not make the play. The ball ended up in foul ground and Castro scampered into second base. Carlos Pena followed with a double to right on a 0-2 pitch. Castro scored and the Cubs had the tying run in scoring position. Ramirez grounded out to short on the second pitch of the at bat to end the inning.

John Grabow retired the Phillies in order in the bottom of the eighth.

Ryan Madson took the hill in the ninth. The Phillies closer had not blown a save or served up a home run all season … but that changed quickly Thursday night.

Blake DeWitt grounded out weakly to second for the first out of the inning. Geovany Soto stepped in and looked a two straight out of the zone to start the at bat. Soto squared up Madson’s next pitch and the ball ended up in the stands in left … game tied at three.

Tyler Colvin followed and launched a 0-1 pitch deep to right. The ball appeared to leave the park and end Colvin’s 0-for-34 streak in a big way. Charlie Manuel went out and asked the umps to review the home run.

A Phillies fan appeared to reach over the fence in right and he touched the ball but he also appeared to stop the flight of the ball more than anything. It is unclear if the ball Colvin hit would have left the park cleanly or not.

After a brief delay, the umpires returned and ruled fan interference. Colvin’s home run turned into a double and the Cubs could not push across the go ahead run. D.J. LeMahieu hit for Grabow and struck out swinging on a 2-2 pitch. Fukudome was intentionally walked but Barney swung at the first pitch and grounded out to short to end the inning.

Sean Marshall retired the Phillies in order in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.

The Cubs had a chance to take the lead in the top of the tenth. Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez reached on back-to-back one-out singles. Blake DeWitt hit a weak chopper to second, Utley touched second but DeWitt beat the throw to first. Soto looked at a 2-2 pitch to end the inning.

Sean Marshall struck out Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to start the bottom of the tenth. After a questionable call on a 2-2 pitch to Victorino, Marshall ended up walking the Phillies’ centerfielder.

Raul Ibanez hit a 1-1 pitch back up the middle. Castro ranged to the middle and tried to make a play at first. Castro’s throw was off the mark and well up the line. Carlos Pena made a game saving (at least for the moment) stop as he reached behind him and kept Victorino from scoring the winning run.

Mike Quade made the right call and intentionally walked Domonic Brown to load the bases … and force the hand of Charlie Manuel. Manuel had to leave in his pitcher, no one was warming in the pen. Marshall struck out David Herndon to end the inning.

Tyler Colvin led off the top of the 11th with his second it of the game … a weakly hit chopper to first that Ryan Howard could not get out of his glove. Ryan Dempster pinch-hit for Sean Marshall to sacrifice Colvin into scoring position. Dempster bunted through David Herndon’s second offering. The ball went off of Carlos Ruiz’s glove and Colvin took second on the passed ball.

With Dempster still at the plate, Herndon made a pick off throw to second base but neither Rollins nor Utley were at the bag. The ball ended up in center but Colvin did not realize it. Colvin held at second and Dempster eventually struck out on a fouled bunt attempt. Fukudome struck out but Barney put a 2-2 pitch from Herndon in play.

Placido Polanco fielded the ball cleanly but his throw to first was low. Howard could not scoop and Colvin scored the go ahead run. Castro grounded out to third to end the inning.

Carlos Marmol was sharp in the bottom of the 11th. Marmol gave up a leadoff single to Carlos Ruiz but retired Rollins, Polanco and Utley in order to end the game.

Sometimes even a bad team can have a fun night at the ballpark …

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

Carlos Zambrano against Roy Halladay in game two Friday night.

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  • Calicub

    went over. The ball hit the railing bounced into the guy and down.

    Atleast colvin came out with a strong day…

    • Calicub

      Hire cubs would it be for a four gane sweep?

      Ha. I’d laugh.

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Cards are the best team in baseball. The Phillies are #2.

    But I told you that the Cubs have the potential for a four game sweep. I know it sound ludicrous after the Cubs got swept by Houston, but the reality is that the Cubs have some talent–if only it was awake. 

    Tonight its Z vs Halladay. AccurScore gives the Cubs a whopping 30% chance of winning. But Halladay is 0-3 with a 4.50 career record vs. the Cubs. If the good Z shows up (mouth closed, arm doing the talking for him), we can beat Halladay. The Phillies have a STINKING offense–their tied with the Cubs in runs scored for 18th in MLB. The secret to their success is their starting and relief pitching. We have the worst starting pitching in MLB, they have the best (41 QS vs. our 21). My conclusion: the Phillies can be beat tonight.

    We’d win for sure if K.Hill started . . . . .

  • Ripsnorter1

    So glad to see Colvin connecting. Too bad he was robbed by the umpire . . . .

    That big win last night moved us to just one game behind Houston and the Twins for last place in MLB. 

    Pirates are 30-31. I am waiting for them to go 5 games up over the .500 mark. IF they had a GM who could get them just a little offensive support, they’d do it in a hurry.

    My friend Casey McGehee is in a season long slump. Hitting a mere .227 with 4 lousy taters and 24 RBI. Hey wait, that’s more taters than Rameriz, and more RBI’s too. Okay, so they both stink . . . .

    Funko, the best lead off man in MLB, went 0-5 with 1 BB last night after I got off of his back–the same back I’ve been riding with spurs for 3 years. Maybe he missed me, I dunno. Keep it up, Funko, and I’ll be right back on your back with a vengeance! 

    Colvin’s two hits last night propelled him up over the .100 mark. He’s hitting .106 now.

    • paulcatanese

      Colvin advancing to third on that groundball did two things 1,it confused Polonco into short arming the ball to first as he was probably seeing Colvin
      out the corner or his eye and was in between decisions. 2. Colvin was alert enough to just keep going and scored,result– Ballgame.

  • roseyc

    What about this trade to the Yankees because they need help. Dempster and Zambrano and Soriano to the Yankees for Nova and this lefthander in double A.I know you would say why would the Yanks take on these salaries. The Cubs would have to eat a lot if not all of Soriano’s contract. But think of this way the Yankees rotation needs help. Immediately. and the Yanks could take on Soriano salary to be a DH.it can be done

  • paulcatanese

    I had posted last night ,before the game was over that I am beginning to feel uncomfortable with the way Castro has been playing short. He is beginning to show way to many moves,throws and in general too encompassed with the spectacular play. I have said this for the past few days after he sat the game out for a rest and Barney played short.

    I have supported him from day one and attributed his ways to being young,but as he “ages” he is doing more instead of less to try the impossible. Case in point he should not have tried that “whirl and throw” last night. Were it not for Pena and a great save( yeah I admit it ) the game would not have been won. Victorino would have scored as he rounded third. This is not the first time Castro has attempted that style of play and will repeat,until he learns to stuff the ball in his pocket.

    He is a wonderful athlete and will be around a long time but primarely becuase of his bat at this point. I have advocated 3b for him where he would be a natural, even all star caliber, even if he went 4-4 last night, without Pena and his glove, the game was lost.

    • paulcatanese

      As an add to the post above,it would help Castro a lot if Aram played every game as he did last night, a very good evening for him with the glove. If Aram continues that way and covers what he is supposed to it would limit what the shortstop tries to do from the hole. Aram needs to step up all of the time, not just every few games.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      Yeah any question of the MVP of that game last night it was Pena. His defense on a number of throws was outstanding but the Castro throw was gaming saving.
      The kid got to a ball on his feet that most would not get to but he should have either pocketed the ball or flipped it to Barney for a cleaner throw.

      • paulcatanese

        You are correct on Pena, as much as I am not to confident of his bat, his glove comes as advertised. There have been several throws from Aram
        and Castro that he has saved. Castro on the whole has a great arm,just has
        to control his more. With all the creative throws that Castro has attempted
        the one you mentioned has not been tried, may not get the runner but it is
        much safer,should be practiced before use, but much safer.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

          I use to love Greg Gagne when he was in Minnesota and it was one of his favorite things to do when covering up the middle. Saw Visquel and Alomar do it a couple times in Cleveland as well. Barney was right there and in position to take a toss. Like he was thinking that way and Castro wasn’t. It would have been close. Remember it was a catcher running and his spin and throw beat him by a half of step if it was online.

          • paulcatanese

            Gotta tell ya Richard, Visquel and Alomar were two of the best. Another two were Aparicio and Nellie Fox along with Chico Carasquel. And although Banks never had the range as the others he was very solid with the routine play and I liked that.

  • paulcatanese

    That play with Colvin on second and the pickoff throw went into center had to be intentional, with Rollins and Utley not even moving tells me that. It is a designed play. Brenly said on the air also that it was but had never seen it done in the Majors,well now he saw it, and probably was saved for just a situation. Matter of fact Neil, wasn’t that highlighted last year on ESPN with a college team? The same type of play has been used with a runner on first, but is a lot more risky.

  • paulcatanese

    On todays lineup. Quade chooses to ride the winning lineup another day. Hope it works. Like don’t change horses in the middle of a stream.

  • paulcatanese

    Another on Gammons comment. If the Cubs have a winning season the “dump”
    becomes a ‘Palace”.