Doug Davis Day at Wrigley Field – Cubs 3 Yankees 1

Game Sixty-Nine – Cubs 3 Yankees 1
WP – Doug Davis (1-5) LP – Freddy Garcia (5-6) Save – Carlos Marmol (14)

wflag.jpgDoug Davis picked up his first win of the season and his first win as a Chicago Cub with an unbelievable performance against the New York Yankees Friday afternoon. The Cubs offense scored all three runs in the first three innings but Friday was all about Doug Davis.

Davis put together the longest outing by a Cubs starter since May 31 (Carlos Zambrano, eight innings against the Astros) and did not allow a hit until the fourth inning. Davis allowed one run on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings … and the run charged to Doug Davis came on a two-out single by Mark Teixeira off Sean Marshall. Davis threw 111 pitches, 62 for strikes.

Carlos Marmol picked up a four-out save, his 14th of the season.

Starlin Castro and Aramis Ramirez combined for four of the Cubs’ six hits. Castro doubled in the first run of the game and scored the other two on singles by Aramis Ramirez. Castro finished the game 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a RBI and two runs scored and Ramirez was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

The Cubs played a solid game in the field behind Doug Davis. Aramis Ramirez made a couple of fine plays but it was a catch in the ninth inning by Reed Johnson that possibly saved the game.

Reed Johnson came in as a defensive replacement in the ninth and made a headlong diving catch toward the line in left that took away at least a leadoff double from Robinson Cano.

The Cubs finally hung a ‘L’ on Freddy Garcia and beat the former Southsider for the first time in seven tries.

With Friday’s win, the Cubs improved to 29-40 on the season, 11 games under the mediocre mark …

Friday afternoon began the same way as Thursday for the Cubs … Kosuke Fukudome scoring from first base on a double by Starlin Castro.

Kosuke worked a walk to start the bottom of the first against Freddy Garcia. Starlin Castro followed with a double to left center on a 1-1 pitch. Fukudome scored … 1-0 Cubs.

After Blake DeWitt popped out to shallow right, Aramis Ramirez singled to right on a check swing. Castro scored … 2-0 Cubs.

Carlos Pena struck out swinging and Alfonso Soriano was robbed of a home run to left by the wind. Soriano flied out to Gardner with his back on the ivy to end the inning.

Doug Davis retired the Yankees in order in the second thanks to a nice barehanded pickup by Aramis Ramirez on a ball off the bat of Russell Martin.

The Cubs could not tack on in the bottom of the second … and neither would the Yankees in the top of the third. Doug Davis walked Brett Gardner to start the third but struck out Nick Swisher and retired Curtis Granderson on a tap back to the mound after Garcia had sacrificed Gardner into scoring position.

Starlin Castro led off the bottom of the third with a double to left … the 21st two-bagger of the season for the Cubs shortstop. Blake DeWitt followed with a single to center. Castro held at third with no outs and Aramis Ramirez stepping to the plate.

Aramis Ramirez singled to left on a 3-1 pitch. Castro scored, 3-0 Cubs and Q’s squad had Freddy Garcia on the ropes. But Carlos Pena flied out to center, Soriano struck out and Campana lined out to left center. Inning over.

Doug Davis took a 3-0 lead and a no hitter into the fourth.

Robinson Cano singled to center with two outs in the fourth for the Yankees first hit. Davis retired Russell Martin on a grounder to second to end the inning.

Freddy Garcia really settled in after getting out of the jam in the third. Garcia retired the Cubs in order in the fourth and fifth … and faced the minimum in the sixth after Tony Campana reached on a two-out bunt single but was erased by Russell Martin trying to steal second.

Davis kept up with Garcia and worked out of his only jam of the day in the fifth. After Eduardo Nunez reached on an infield single, the Yankees second hit of the game, Brett Gardner grounded into a 5-4 fielder’s choice. Garcia dropped down his second sac bunt of the game that advanced Gardner into scoring position. Davis walked Swisher to put runners on first and second with two outs. Davis struck out Curtis Granderson swinging to end the inning.

Davis retired the Yanks in order in the sixth and seventh … after seven complete, Davis had thrown 102 pitches.

The Cubs went down in order in the bottom of the seventh and Quade sent Davis out to start the eighth.

The veteran southpaw retired Andruw Jones to start the inning. Jones hit for Garcia and struck out looking on a 3-2 pitch for the first out of the eighth inning. Nick Swisher ripped a double into left and Quade went to his pen for Sean Marshall. Swisher’s double was the Yankees third and final hit off Doug Davis.

Sean Marshall struck out Granderson swinging for the second out. Mark Teixeria worked the count to 3-2 before ripping a single into center. Swisher scored … 3-1 Cubs. Quade went back to his pen and brought in Carlos Marmol to face Alex Rodriguez.

Carlos Marmol struck out A-Rod on a 2-2 pitch to end the inning.

The Cubs took a 3-1 lead into the top of the ninth … and Quade’s defensive replacement in left field made a game changing play. Quade sent Reed Johnson and D.J. LeMahieu out to replace Soriano and DeWitt respectively. Robinson Cano hit a 2-2 pitch down the line in left. Reed Johnson made an amazing diving catch right on the line and slid into foul ground. Johnson took away at least a double from Cano … and spent the rest of the inning wiping blood off his hand so he could make a throw if needed.

Marmol issued a one-out walk to Russell Martin. Marmol rebounded and struck out pinch-hitter Jorge Posada swinging. Brett Gardner kept the inning alive with a single to left but Marmol struck out pinch-hitter Chris Dickerson to end the game.

Carlos Marmol earned a four-out save and preserved Doug Davis’ first win in the big leagues since May of 2010.

Four out of five to start the homestand … not bad, not bad at all.

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

Ryan Dempster against A.J. Burnett in game two Saturday afternoon.

Quote of the Day

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  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Iowa – Jay Jackson (2-6, 6.31)
    Tennessee – Chris Rusin (3-2, 4.08)
    Peoria – Hayden Simpson (1-3, 5.47)
    Boise – Ben Wells (0-0, 0.00)

    Daytona is on All-Star break

  • paulcatanese

    Good post Neil, and the win,not too shabby. Nice to see that agains the whining, complaining Yankees, they didn’t like the calls,Gardner didn’t like the little post in center, it was covered by a black garbage bag. If, and I say If the Cubs can keep it up against the Yanks, I wouldnt want to be them headed back to New York. What is the standard saying “one game at a time”, we will see.

  • Brentcarmona

    You know, its great the cubs beat the yankees today. I have no problem with that. I am indifferent to Doug Davis getting the victory in the game however. I just have that feeling that since one of hendrys vets came through for him it makes him look good and gives him more reason not to put a youngster in the rotation. I know we have only Coleman ready to step in for starts if needed, but what if jay jackson/mcnutt etc start rolling and Davis continues to do decent in his starts…will hendry give somebody in the minors a chance? I’m guessing not until after the all star break and/or until we are fifteen games or so back…I know right now ten games back hendry believes we will catch that lightening in a bottle lol…

    • cubtex

      I have a feeling that if and when Jay Jackson and McNutt are ready to face mlb hitters, they will have plenty of opportunity this year. Right now…neither are ready but like you say…when teams start asking about Dempster and Z and the market heats up…one or both could be dealt. Even a couple of more good starts out of Doug Davis and there will be a market for him as well.

      • cubtex

        To expand on that thought….Z came out publicly today and said he would not veto any trade. He said if the Cubs do not want me here, he will not hold them back from dealing him. 

        • paulcatanese

          Z, the big brat, was that statement before of after he talked to Rothschield?
          He cant go a week without saying something.

          • cubtex

            Ha. Good point. Maybe Rothschild said that he is pushing for the Yanks to aquire him.

          • paulcatanese

            I would not doubt that at all, and I am sure the Yankees would want him. Well get somthing for him and let him go, If nothing else it would be a lot quieter around the dugout and clubhouse.

          • Brentcarmona

            yeah itd be sad to see him go, for me at least. def my favorite player on this cubs just gives me the willies when hendry’s veteren choices pull through. wonder if he goes up to ricketts or whomever and is like ‘hey see what ive been doing this whole time lets plug one or two more and contend now etc..’ what do you guys think we can get for z? high celing a ball pitcher/hitter? two of them or amything bigger? id imagine two legit prospects and a throw in if i had to guess.

  • GaryLeeT

    When the best run producing team met the worst pitching staff, and defense in MLB, one would have to say the Cubs stood no chance. Yet, the the Cubs won 3-1 with Doug Davis? I think the Cubs caught a break playing a team that was not use to playing a Friday day game. It would be nice to take 2 of 3 from the Yanks.

    • paulcatanese

      Good point, but I think more so that the Yanks totaly looked beyond the Cubs and were very frustrated at not wiping the floor with them. I agree also the ball took the Cub bounce all day. I know if they played them fifty times the Cubs may win about 10% of the games. Doug may have lulled them to sleep with his motion,but in fairness he pitched very well, and deserved the win.

  • Devin

    The momentum has definitely changed. hopefully the team can hold on to it. they manage to win the series and then the crosstown series, it will trinkle down a positive message to the clubhouse. but lets savor it. its always a good day when the cubs defeats the Empire of Baseball

  • Tom U

    With apologies to Neil, Tonight’s opening night line-up for your Boise Hawks:

    Pin-Cheih Chen – CF
    Vismeldy Bieneme – 2B
    Wilson Contreras – 3B
    Dan Hoilman – 1B
    Yaniel Cabeza – C
    Reggie Golden – RF
    Wes Darvill – SS
    DJ Fitzgerald – DH
    Ben Klafcyzski – LF

    Ben Wells – P

  • GaryLeeT

    Anybody else besides me drool over the offensive numbers from Curtis Granderson, and Mark Teixera? Just think of where the Cubs might be if they had 1 guy, let alone 2, with 21 HRs and 50+ RBIs at his stage of the season.

    • paulcatanese

      Actually Gary,I was looking at the same thing, I don’t think there was anyone in the lineup that didnt have homeruns, awesome power, as I mentioned the night before hope the wind was blowing in and it was. I guess thats the way to pitch those guys, hope the wind blows in hard and throw them all soft stuff,

    • Richard Hood

      that would mean we would have had 100 runs already. With this line up that is a pipe dream.

  • BillyFinT

    Attendance is rising with recent home wins. The Ricketts can think both ways here:

    – This kind of season is OK. Marginal wins balance the check book.
    – Only winning brings back Cubs fans. We need to build a true winner.

    If the second option ever crossed their collective mind, then it’s suitable to fire Hendry; change.

    We’ll see how they spend on the Rule IV draftees.

    • paulcatanese

      You know it used to be that the Cubs drew on the road and teams with sparse attendence would relish when they were in town. It may come to pass that the Cubs will be looking at the same situation, I dont know if you had a chane to see the game,but there were an awful lot of New York jerseys that I saw in the crowd. Winning teams dont always draw fans ,prime example, the Cubs, Pittsburgh,Marlins, even with new parks. I mentioned Pittsburgh only because they have a new park, but we will see if they really start winning what will happen.

      • BillyFinT

        Wrigley attendance the past five days:

        I don’t think the Brewers are that popular. Winning helps.

        In case you missed it, I’ll say this again: You guys
        need to publish your memoir on the community blog or somewhere. Perhaps Neil can help us out here.

        I’m interested to know more about the baseball teams of the armed forces back in the days, when war was considered full-fledged across the Euro-Asia continents. It must be intense, risking life-n-death, or maybe not. I don’t know. But I’m sure more than me, others would love to read your tale.

        • paulcatanese

          Thats not a bad idea, and was just contacted by another player who was in Germany the same time as I. It may have opened up some contacts with others who were there or had similar experiences.

  • Neil

    Tyler Colvin hit for the cycle Friday night

    Colvin was 4-for-5 with four runs scored and two RBI

    Welington Castillo extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a pair of home runs (seven and eight on the year). Castillo 2-for-4, 2 home runs and 6 RBI.

    • Tno13

      Good for him. I hope he keeps building confidence down there for a couple months and comes back strong.

    • Neil

      Colvin cannot catch a break … a scoring change after Friday night’s game erased his single in the ninth and took away the cycle.

      • paulcatanese

        I just saw that posted, who was the official scorer,JH ?

  • Richard Hood

    After being gone for a few days, it is nice to come back home and see that the cubs are still struggling and that Hendry is going to be fired. Wait you mean they have won 4 of 5 and Hendry isn’t even being considered for being terminated. Dang I should have stayed out of town.

    • paulcatanese

      Richard, I had posted back when we were asked on the poll how the Cubs were going to do this year, and I said they would drop some games under 500 and then put a streak together and pull close to the 500 mark or over and then go into another slide and finish well out. I hope it dosen’t workout that way, but I’ve followed them for many a year, and consistantly history keeps repeating itself.

      • Richard Hood

        I kind of figured that this season would be that way as well and we would end up at 80-82 wins. There is a lot of work to do right now to get to that point though.

  • cubtex

    Cardinals have lost 7 straight! :)

    • paulcatanese

      I know and it was an error by Pujols that did it, the guy can’t field,glove’s too big.

      • cubtex


  • Matt Collins

    todays lineup

    • paulcatanese

      All vets ( I include Castro as a vet) so we shall see what the baseball Gods have in store for the Cubs today. Hope some of the kids get in and make an impact,

  • cubtex

    Jay Jackson’s pitching line from last night. 

    4 IP 9 hits 9 ER..

  • John G

    But can they win on Sunday?

    Happy Father’s Day?