The Campana Show … Cubs Win Sixth in a Row – Cubs 4 Reds 3

Game One Hundred Thirteen – Cubs 4 Reds 3
WP – Ryan Dempster (9-8) LP – Mike Leake (9-7) Save – Carlos Marmol (24)

wflag.jpgQ’s Cubs posted their sixth straight win Friday afternoon against the Reds on Tony Campana Day at Wrigley Field.

Tony Campana, the Cincinnati native, energized the Cubs at the plate, on the bases and in the field. “The Spider Monkey“, a nickname given to Campana by Bobby Dernier hit his first big league homer as a part of a 3-for-5 (double, two RBI and a run scored) afternoon … but the ball never left the park.

With Starlin Castro at first in the opening inning, Campana hit a smash down the left line that kicked off the side wall past Yonder Alonso. The ball ended up at the base of the wall. Campana circled the bases and crossed the plate (standing) with a two-run inside the park home run.

Campana became the first Cub to hit an inside the parker since 2008. Geovany Soto rounded the bases in Houston on May 19. Prior to Friday, the last Cub to hit an inside the park home run at Wrigley was Sammy Sosa on October 19, 2001 (Pirates). Campana is the first player since Emilio Bonifacio of the Marlins (April 2009) to have his first big league homer be an inside the park home run and he is the first Chicago Cub to accomplish the feat.

Tony Campana also made a game changing catch in the seventh when he raced back and crashed into the ivy and took away an extra basehit from Brandon Phillips … with the tying run on first base.

To say Friday is a day that Tony Campana will never forget would be an understatement.

Starlin Castro recorded the 19th three-hit game of his season, and the fourth in the last five games. Castro finished the game 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored and continues to just pound the baseball hitting out of the leadoff spot. Castro has hit safely in his last six games.

The other ‘kid’ that helped lead the Cubs to their sixth straight was Tyler Colvin (1-for-3 with a home run and a walk). Colvin hit another monster shot, his fourth of the season in the second inning. Colvin entered Friday 3-for-9 against Mike Leake, with all three hits being longballs. Colvin collected his fourth hit off the Reds’ right-hander Friday … and it left the park.

Carlos Pena (0-for-2 with a walk, a sac fly and a RBI) gave the Cubs a little breathing room with a sac fly to left in the seventh. Pena just missed an opposite field grand slam.

Ryan Dempster had a rough afternoon and did just enough to put his team in position to win the game. Dempster labored through 110 pitches (62 for strikes) in six innings. Dempster allowed only two runs on four hits but tied a season-high with six walks to go along with just five strikeouts. The Reds second run off Dempster scored on a wild pitch.

Sean Marshall wiggled his way in and out of a jam in the seventh. Kerry Wood’s day started by giving up a solo homer to Ramon Hernandez and a double to Yonder Alonso but it ended with three strikeouts.

Carlos Marmol picked up his third save in as many days with a shaky, but effective ninth.

With Friday’s victory, the Cubs improved to 48-65 on the season, 17 games below .500 …

The Cubs finally beat Mike Leake … and it took a big day from an unlikely source to do so. Tony Campana got a rare start to give Marlon Byrd a breathier and the Cubs fifth outfielder made the most of his opportunity.

Q’s squad had plenty of chances to blow the game wide open on Friday. The Cubs managed nine hits but worked six free passes. The Cubs finished Friday 1-for-9 with RISP, 10 left on base.

Ryan Dempster loaded the bases in the first inning (walk on the 11th pitch of the at bat to Paul Janish, single to right by Brandon Phillips and a walk to Jay Bruce) before getting out the jam. Dempster struck out Ramon Hernandez swinging on the 29th pitch of the inning (17 for strikes).

Starlin Castro led off the first with a single to center. Tony Campana then electrified Wrigley and gave his team a 2-0 lead. Campana smoked a 2-0 pitch down the left field line. Yonder Alonso got to close to the sidewall. The ball kicked off and past him toward the vines … at that point it was off to the races for Tony Campana.

Campana scored standing with the first homer of his big league career and the Cubs had a 2-0 lead.

Aramis Ramirez followed with a double but Pena (strikeout), Byrd (flyout) and Soriano (flyout) could not advance Ramirez.

Ryan Dempster rebounded from a long first inning with a seven-pitch second inning. The Reds did nothing against Dempster in the second.

Tyler Colvin led off the bottom of the second with his fourth homer of the season. Colvin ripped a 1-2 pitch through the wind and about halfway up into the bleachers in right. Leake retired Hill, Dempster and Castro in order to end the second.

Dempster worked around a two-out walk to Joey Votto in the third without allowing a run … and the Cubs did nothing against Mike Leake in the home half of the third.

The Reds finally got on the board in the fourth. Yonder Alonso reached on a two-out single to right. Dempster walked Todd Frazier on four pitches. Mike Leake stepped in and helped his own cause. Leake blooped a single into center that Campana dove and caught … but when he hit the ground, the ball popped out. Alonso scored … 3-1 Cubs. After a wild pitch allowed Frazier to score and Leake to advance to second, Dempster retired Drew Stubbs on a flyout to right to end the inning.

Other than a two-out walk by Koyie Hill in the bottom of the fourth, Leake settled in after the fourth and did not allow the Cubs to put much together until the sixth.

The Reds could not take advantage of what Ryan Dempster was giving them on Friday. Brandon Phillips reached on a two-out single in the fifth but Dempster retired Jay Bruce on a groundout to second. In the top of the sixth, Dempster issued back-to-back two-out walks to Todd Frazier and Mike Leake. Dempster reached back and ended his afternoon by striking out Drew Stubbs on three pitches (called third) to end the inning.

The Cubs wasted a huge opportunity in the bottom of the sixth. Carlos Pena walked to start the inning and advanced to third on a double to right by Blake DeWitt. Alfonso Soriano grounded out to third for the first out.

Leake intentionally walked Tyler Colvin to load the bases. Koyie Hill looked at strike three and Reed Johnson hit for Dempster and struck out swinging to end the inning.

Sean Marshall took over in the seventh and issued a one-out walk to Joey Votto. Brandon Phillips crushed Marshall’s first pitch. Tony Campana got on his horse and raced back towards the wall. Campana caught the ball as he crashed into the ivy. Votto had rounded second and had to retreat. Campana missed the cutoff man or they would have doubled Votto off first. Marshall struck out Bruce swinging to end the inning.

Starlin Castro walked to start the seventh against Jose Arredondo. Tony Campana followed with a double. After Aramis Ramirez was intentionally walked, Dusty Baker brought in lefty Bill Bray to face Carlos Pena.

Pena lifted a 2-1 pitch to the wall in left. Alonso made a nice catch with his back against the ivy. Castro tagged and scored … 4-2 Cubs. Quade went to his bench and sent up Jeff Baker to hit for Blake DeWitt. Dusty countered with Logan Ondrusek. Campana not tagging on the deep fly to left, cost the Cubs a run. Baker flied out to right for the second out of the inning. With runners on first and second with two outs, Soriano tapped back to the mound to end the inning.

Kerry Wood replaced Marshall in the eighth and gave up a solo homer to Ramon Hernandez … and just like that it was 4-3 Cubs. Alonso followed with a double to left. Dusty sent Chris Heisey into run.

With the tying run in scoring position, Kerry Wood struck out the next three batters he faced to end the inning … Frazier (looking), Fred Lewis (swinging) and Stubbs (swinging).

After Darwin Barney worked a two-out walk against Aroldis Chapman in the eighth, Castro recorded his third hit of the game, a single to center … the first hit off Chapman in 10 1/3 innings. Campana singled to left on a 3-2 pitch but Frazier threw out Barney at the plate to end the inning.

Carlos Marmol hit Paul Janish with his first pitch. Marmol struck out Votto and retired Phillips on a pop out to shallow right. Marmol walked Bruce to put the tying run in scoring position … but Ramon Hernandez grounded out to second to end the game.

It’s too bad the Cubs waited until August to start playing like a big league ballclub …

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

Carlos Zambrano against Johnny Cueto in game two on Saturday afternoon.

Quote of the Day

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