Game Seventy-One – Cubs 4 Yankees 10
WP – C.C. Sabathia (9-4) LP – Sean Marshall (3-2) Save – None
The Cubs finished the seven-game homestand with a 4-3 record after dropping the finale of the three-game series to the Yankees. The Cubs led 4-1 after the third but defensive miscues, too many walks and not enough patience against C.C. Sabathia cost Q’s squad a chance to win back-to-back series for the first time this season.
Randy Wells kept his team in the ballgame as long as he could. Wells line actually looks worse than he pitched. Wells was the victim of several defensive and mental miscues but he seemingly could not put the mistakes behind him and it cost him a chance at beating the New York Yankees.
Wells received a no decision after allowing four runs on five hits in six innings. Wells walked four, struck out three and threw 101 pitches, 56 for strikes.
Sean Marshall was hung with the loss after giving up back-to-back singles to Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano to start the eighth inning. Mike Quade sent Chris Carpenter, in his fourth big league game, to the hill to face Nick Swisher and Swisher made the rookie, and the Cubs, pay.
Nick Swisher launched a 2-0 pitch into the bleachers in right … Swisher’s three-run blast gave the Yankees a 7-4 lead.
The Yankees poured it on in the ninth and turned a close game into a comfortable six-run victory.
Quade’s pen allowed six runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and no walks in three innings.
Alfonso Soriano provided the Cubs biggest highlight of the game. Soriano cranked his 14th homer of the season in the third, a towering three-run blast off Sabathia that gave the Cubs a brief 4-1 lead. Soriano’s dinger Sunday night was the sixth of his career off C.C. Sabathia.
Aramis Ramirez (4-for-5 with a run scored) had another good night at the plate and in the field. D.J. LeMahieu doubled off Sabathia to start the fourth … the first extra base hit of LeMahieu’s big league career.
The Yankees scored nine unanswered runs Sunday night and squashed the Cubs chances of posting back-to-back series wins for the first time since last September 27 – October 3, 2010 against the Padres and Astros.
The Cubs lost for the 10th time this season on Sunday (1-10) and slipped back to 29-42 on the year, 13 games below the mediocre mark … The Yankees jumped out to an early lead with one swing of the bat. Brett Gardner ripped a 0-2 pitch from Randy Wells into the bleachers in right. Gardner’s first leadoff homer of his career and the Yankees first home run of the series put New York up 1-0.
Wells bounced right back and struck out Curtis Granderson swinging. Mark Teixeira worked a walk but was forced at second when Alex Rodriguez hit a ball into the hole at short. Castro fielded the ball and tossed to LeMahieu for the second out of the inning. Robinson Cano struck out swinging to end the inning. Wells threw 19 pitches in the first, 14 for strikes.
The Cubs got the run right back in the home half of the first. Reed Johnson led off with a double into the left field corner. Starlin Castro followed with a deep drive to left center that chased Granderson back toward the ivy. Johnson tagged and advanced to third on Castro’s productive out.
Jeff Baker hit Sabathia’s first offering to short … with the infield back Johnson scored easily to tie the game at one. Aramis Ramirez reached on an infield single but Soriano tapped back to Sabathia to end the inning.
Randy Wells retired the Yankees in order in the second … first time since the 7th inning on Friday Cubs pitching retired the Yankees in order.
Wells faced the minimum in the third after Curtis Granderson hit into a 4-6-3 inning ending double play. D.J. LeMahieu and Starlin Castro turned a very nice DP.
The Cubs took a brief three-run lead in the bottom of the third on one swing of the bat.
Starlin Castro led off with a single to right center on a 2-2 pitch. Jeff Baker flied out to right but Ramirez singled to left center. Alfonso Soriano stepped in with two on, one out and the game tied at one.
Alfonso Soriano hit a towering blast into the bleachers in left. Soriano’s 14th of the season and sixth of his career off of C.C. Sabathia put the Cubs up 4-1.
Geovany Soto followed with a double to left center … Luis Montanez grounded out to third on a 0-1 pitch to end the inning.
Randy Wells started the top of the fourth with a 4-1 lead and retired Teixeira on a diving catch by Aramis Ramirez in the shift. Wells then walked A-Rod … the Cubs first mistake of the inning.
Robinson Cano hit a tapper in front of the plate. Soto picked up the ball and made a strong throw to second. With A-Rod running, Castro took his foot off of the bag too early, Rodriguez was safe and Cano reached. The Cubs second and third mistake of the inning put runners on first and second with one out.
Wells was obviously bothered by the play behind him and appeared to lose focus. Nick Swisher ripped a 2-0 pitch into right. A-Rod scored … 4-2 Cubs. Wells then issued a one out walk to Russell Martin that loaded the bases.
Eduardo Nunez chopped a 2-1 pitch to third; Ramirez fielded the ball and stepped on the bag to force Swisher for the second out … but Cano scored, 4-3 Cubs. With runners on first and second with two outs, Sabathia flied out to left to end the inning.
Wells threw 26 pitches in the fourth inning … at the end of four Wells had thrown 68 pitches.
The Cubs had a chance to gain some of the momentum back in the bottom of the fourth but they wasted a leadoff double by D.J. LeMahieu. After Wells sacrificed him to third, Girardi moved his infield in and Johnson grounded out to third for the second out. Castro grounded out to the hole at short to end the inning … Sabathia retired Johnson and Castro on three pitches.
Wells retired the Yankees in order on eight pitches in the fifth … and Sabathia worked around a one out single to Ramirez in the bottom of the fifth.
The Yankees tied the game in the top of the sixth and ran up Wells’ pitch count.
Rodriguez reached on a single to left on a 2-1 pitch … the third time in six innings the Yankees put the leadoff hitter on. Robinson Cano hit a slow chopper to second. LeMahieu had to wait back on the ball and for A-Rod to run past him. Wells got ahead of Swisher 0-2 but Soto could not hang onto a foul tip on a 1-2 pitch. Swisher worked the count to 3-2 before lining a single into right. A-Rod held at third with one out.
After a wild pitch advanced Swisher to second, Russell Martin tied the game at four with a sac fly to right. A-Rod tagged and scored with Swisher holding at second. Wells missed three straight to Nunez before issuing ball four to put runners on first and second with two outs.
Randy Wells ended his night by striking out Sabathia looking on a 3-2 pitch.
The Cubs went in order in the bottom of the sixth.
Sean Marshall took over in the seventh and retired Gardner, Granderson and Teixeira in order on 15 pitches.
The Cubs went down in order in the bottom of the seventh on five pitches … five.
The Yankees took their first lead of the night in the top of the eighth. Alex Rodriguez singled to left center off Sean Marshall to start the inning. Robinson Cano followed and hammered Marshall’s first pitch into left center. A-Rod advanced to third and Quade went to his pen for Chris Carpenter.
The rookie right-hander in only his fourth big league game fell behind Nick Swisher 2-0. Swisher launched Carpenter’s next pitch into the bleachers in right … 7-4 Yankees.
Russell Martin reached on an infield single to the hole at short. Carpenter then retired Nunez on a fly out to right. Jorge Posada was announced and Quade went to his pen for James Russell.
After a discussion on the mound with Chris Carpenter, James Russell was finally given the ball and retired Posada on a fly out to right center. With Brett Gardner at the plate, Soto threw out Martin at second to end the inning.
Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto worked back-to-back one out walks against David Robertson in the bottom of the eighth. Carlos Pena hit for Montanez and grounded out to first. Soriano and Soto advanced to second and third.
Quade continued playing it by the book and sent up Blake DeWitt to hit for LeMahieu. DeWitt popped out to third to end the inning.
The Yankees made it a laugher in the ninth. Brett Gardner led off the ninth with a hustle double down the left field line off James Russell. Curtis Granderson followed with a triple to right … Gardner scored, 8-4 Yankees. Quade went to his pen again and brought in Rodrigo Lopez.
Mark Teixeira hit a double into the corner in right that Jeff Baker could not catch … a right fielder might have made the play. Granderson scored … 9-4 Yankees.
Alex Rodriguez then hit a 2-0 pitch deep to left. Soriano appeared to give up on the ball and allowed it to hit just before the wall. Texeiria scored … 10-4 Yankees.
Alfonso Soriano appeared to just stop and watch the ball, just another embarrassing play from the Chicago Cubs.
Lopez retired Cano, Swisher and Martin to end the inning.
The Cubs loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth … but Soriano flied out to center to end the game.
The Cubs put together a winning homestand (4-3) but bad defense and bad decisions cost them a chance at an impressive homestand against the Brewers and Yankees.
The Cubs travel to the South Side Monday and open a three-game series against the White Sox. Carlos Zambrano versus Gavin Floyd in game one.