Game One Hundred Twenty-Five – Cubs 5 Cardinals 4 – 10 innings
WP – Sean Marshall (6-5) LP – Octavio Dotel (2-3) Save – None
On the day Jim Hendry was officially let go as the General Manager of the Chicago Cubs, Q’s squad put together a come from behind win against the Cardinals that culminated with a walk-off single by Tyler Colvin in the 10th inning.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning after another rough start by Randy Wells. The Cardinals first three runs scored on what has been Wells’ main problems all season … a walk, a home run, lack of concentration, a double and a hit by the opposing pitcher. To Randy Wells’ credit he settled down after serving up his second homer of the day and survived the remainder of his seven-inning outing.
Randy Wells allowed four runs, all earned, on four hits (two home runs) with three walks, two wild pitches and five strikeouts in seven innings. Wells threw 111 pitches, 67 for strikes before turning the game over to his pen.
Jeff Samardzija, Carlos Marmol and Sean Marshall threw three innings of scoreless relief and neither Marmol nor Marshall allowed a baserunner.
The Cubs started chipping away in the fifth inning … and once again Darwin Barney was the Cubs’ spark plug.
Darwin Barney (2-for-4 with a home run, a triple and two runs scored) led off the fifth with a solo homer in the basket in left. Barney’s second longball of the year cut the Cardinals’ lead to 4-2. Barney reached on a one-out triple in the seventh and scored on a pinch-hit triple of the bat of Blake DeWitt. The Cubs took advantage of two misplayed balls by the Cardinals’ outfield and made it a one-run game on the team’s first back-to-back triples since 1999.
Geovany Soto (2-for-4 with a double, a RBI, a run scored and a walk) tied the game in the eighth with a double and scored the winning run in the 10th. Soto led off the 10th with a single to right and advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Marlon Byrd. Tyler Colvin hit for Sean Marshall and singled to center on a 0-2 pitch to drive in Soto with the game winner.
Starlin Castro (2-for-5 with a run scored) recorded another multi-hit game and scored the Cubs first run of the game on a RBI single by Aramis Ramirez (1-for-3 with a RBI and two walks) in the third.
Starlin Castro’s first inning single on Friday was the 300th of his young career. Castro became the fifth player in Cubs history (since 1876) to collect 300 hits in their first two big league seasons (Bill Everitt, 381 in 1895-1896; Glenn Beckert, 355 hits in 1965-1966; Bill Dahlen, 313 hits in 1891-1892; Mark Grace, 304 hits in 1988-1989).
The Cubs once again pulled out a win in a game that they committed several mistakes. Q’s Cubs hit into four double plays on Friday (two in the first four innings) with the fourth coming on a horrible baserunning blunder by Tony Campana in the ninth.
With Friday’s victory (6-0 in extra innings at Wrigley Field), the Cubs improved to 55-70 on the season, 15 games below .500 …
The Cubs hitting, or lack thereof, with runners in scoring position picked up where it left in Houston on Friday afternoon. The Cubs had a chance to put runs on the board but once again a player was too aggressive at the plate and cost his team a chance at scoring a run … or two.
Starlin Castro led off with a single to right center … the 300th base knock of his young career. Reed Johnson fouled out to Pujols for out number one.
Aramis Ramirez worked a walk and Garcia was obviously struggling with throwing strikes. After Garcia missed on the first pitch to Baker, Molina went out and checked on his pitcher. Jeff Baker swung at Garcia’s next pitch and hit a weak grounder to short … 6-4-3 inning ending double play.
The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead in the top of the second … and it was a free pass, a longball and a lack of concentration that did in Randy Wells again.
After Matt Holliday popped out to left to start the inning, Lance Berkman walked on a 3-2 pitch. Wells retired David Freese (lineout to short) but uncorked a wild pitch on a 1-1 offering to Yadier Molina that allowed Berkman to advance to second. It would not matter …
Yadier Molina gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead with a long homer to left center on a 2-2 pitch from Wells.
Ryan Theriot continues to stick it to his old team. Theriot ripped a double to the left field corner on a 1-2 pitch. Jaime Garcia ripped Wells’ first pitch into center … and just like that it was 3-0 Cardinals. Furcal lined out to center to end the inning.
Marlon Byrd reached on a one out single to right … but that was it for the Cubs in the home half of the second. After two complete, the Cardinals had what appeared to be a commanding 3-0 lead.
Randy Wells retired the Cardinals in order in the third … after three, Wells had thrown 48 pitches, 28 for strikes.
The Cubs got on the board in the bottom of the third. Randy Wells led off with a single to center but was erased when Castro grounded into a 6-4 fielder’s choice. Reed Johnson hit a weak grounder to short, Furcal’s only play was to first and Castro advanced into scoring position with two outs.
Aramis Ramirez came up with the Cubs’ first hit with RISP since Tuesday night. Ramirez ripped a 1-2 pitch into left, Castro scored … 3-1 Cardinals.
Jeff Baker flied out to a diving Allen Craig (making his first start in center) to end the inning.
Lance Berkman started the fourth by grounding out to second. David Freese made it 4-1 Cardinals with an opposite field homer (right center) on a 2-1 pitch. Wells retired Molina (pop out to right) and Theriot (pop out to second) to end the inning. Wells’ pitch count stood at 63 (37 for strikes) after the fourth inning.
Moving forward, the Cubs must change and improve their advance scouting staff. The same players keep receiving the same pitches (same location) and continue to pound Cubs’ pitching.
Geovany Soto walked to start the bottom of the fourth but the Cubs hit into their second double play. After Byrd flied out to center, Soriano hit into a 5-4-3 double play.
Randy Wells barely made it out of the fifth inning. Wells issued a one-out walk to Rafael Furcal. With Craig at the plate, Wells uncorked his second wild pitch of the afternoon. Furcal advanced to second and Craig (3-2 pitch) struck out swinging. Wells intentionally walked Pujols to put runners on first and second with two outs for Holliday. Wells retired Holliday on a pop out to left to end the inning.
Darwin Barney made it 4-2 Cardinals with his second homer of the season leading off the fifth inning. Barney hit a 1-1 pitch into the basket in left … his first longball since April 25 (Rockies).
Randy Wells grounded out to third. Castro recorded his second hit of the game, a single to left on a 1-2 pitch. Castro stole second as Johnson struck out swinging. Ramirez grounded out to short to end the inning.
The Cardinals did nothing against Wells in the sixth (98 pitches, 58 for strikes).
Jeff Baker led off the sixth with a single to right … but was erased on a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Geovany Soto. Byrd flied out to right to end the inning.
Randy Wells’ day ended after he retired the Cardinals in order in the seventh. Wells threw 111 pitches, 67 for strikes in seven innings and retired the last seven batters he faced.
The Cubs took advantage of two miscues by the Cardinals outfield in the bottom of the seventh and cut into the Redbirds lead.
Darwin Barney lifted a 0-2 pitch from Garcia with one out into right. Lance Berkman misplayed the ball, it sailed over his head and ended up in the right field corner. Barney ended up at third with one out.
Blake DeWitt hit for Wells and lifted a 0-1 pitch into center. Jon Jay misplayed the ball. Barney scored and DeWitt ended up at third with the Cubs’ second triple in as many at bats. With the Cardinals up by a single run at 4-3, LaRussa went to his pen for Jason Motte.
Motte preserved the lead for Jaime Garcia by striking out Castro and retiring Johnson on a ground out to short to end the inning.
Jeff Samardzija started the eighth and gave up a leadoff single to Jon Jay. LaRussa appeared to call for a hit and run on the first pitch to Pujols. Albert swung and missed and Soto threw out Jay at second. Samardzija ended up walking Pujols but was able to retire Matt Holliday (pop out to second) and Berkman (ground out to second) without allowing any runs.
Aramis Ramirez led off the eighth and grounded out to short on a 0-1 pitch from Jason Motte. After Carlos Pena was announced as the pinch-hitter for Jeff Baker, Tony LaRussa went to his pen for Arthur Rhodes. Pena worked a walk against the southpaw. LaRussa went back to his pen and brought in Kyle McClellan.
Geovany Soto ripped a 1-2 pitch into the left field corner. The ball rattled around in the corner and Pena scored all the way from first … and tied the game at four. Byrd grounded out to short on the first pitch but Soriano was hit on a pitch on his right forearm. With two on and two out, Barney flied out to right to end the inning.
The Cardinals did nothing against Carlos Marmol in the top of the ninth
Tony Campana led off the bottom of the ninth and reached on an error by Ryan Theriot at second. Campana then took off for second on a 2-1 pitch to Castro. Castro flied out to center but Theriot deked Campana into sliding into second then rounding third. Campana looked like a rookie as he was doubled off first.
Reed Johnson followed the Cubs’ fourth double play of the day with a single to center … and Aramis Ramirez worked a walk to put the go ahead run into scoring position.
Carlos Pena flied out to the track in right to end the inning (2-2 pitch).
The Cardinals did nothing against Sean Marshall in the 10th.
Geovany Soto led off the 10th with a single to right on a 3-2 pitch. Marlon Byrd dropped down a successful sacrifice bunt, his first of the season and as a Cub, up the first baseline.
Tyler Colvin was called on to hit for Sean Marshall. Colvin quickly fell behind Octavio Dotel 0-2. Colvin singled into center on the third pitch of the bat … Soto scored. Cubs win!
The Cubs did not quit … and ended up beating the Cardinals for the third time this season.
Matt Garza is scheduled to face Edwin Jackson on Saturday afternoon.