Garza Dominated … and the Cubs Manufactured a Win – Cubs 5, Phillies 1

Game Twenty-Two – Cubs 5, Phillies 1
WP – Matt Garza (2-1) LP – Kyle Kendrick (0-2) Save – None

wflag.jpgMatt Garza was as good as it gets on Sunday afternoon. Garza dominated the Phillies and allowed just one tainted hit over seven shutout innings. Garza recorded the tenth 10-strikeout performance of his career and faced only one over the minimum. Jimmy Rollins notched the Phillies only hit off Garza and it was a bloop to right in the bottom of the first that Jeff Baker initially broke back on.

Matt Garza retired 18 in a row and 20 of the last 21 he faced. He struck out the side in the third and six of the first 10 batters he faced. Garza recorded the 800th strikeout of his career when he caught Kyle Kendrick looking to end the third. Garza’s final line: no runs, one hit, one walk, 10 strikeouts on 103 pitches, 68 for strikes, in seven innings.

Rafael Dolis pitched a perfect eighth and kept the shutout in place but Carlos Marmol was horrible in the ninth. Marmol walked three, did not strikeout a batter and surrendered the Phillies’ second hit of the game, an infield single by Hunter Pence. Marmol walked Ty Wigginton and forced in pinch-hitter Pete Orr for Philly’s lone run.

The Cubs manufactured three of their five runs Sunday afternoon. Tony Campana was in the middle of the action again. Campana was 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored. Campana’s speed left to the Cubs’ second run in the third and their fourth run in the eighth. Starlin Castro (0-for-3 with two RBI) went hitless but drove in Campana twice with a sac fly and a fielder’s choice.

Bryan LaHair continues to hit and finished the day 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Joe Mather (1-for-3 with a home run, a walk and a stolen base) had a good day filling in for the light-hitting Alfonso Soriano. Mather hit his first homer as a Cub in the fourth that accounted for the Cubs’ third run. Mather notched the first longball hit by a Cubs’ outfielder with his solo shot in the fourth inning Sunday.

Ian Stewart (0-for-4 with a RBI) was credited with the game winning RBI Sunday. Stewart hit into a 4-3 fielder’s choice in the second that plated LaHair with the Cubs’ first run. Stewart hit the ball hard all afternoon again but came away with another 0-for effort.

Welington Castillo went hitless for the second game since being recalled from Iowa prior to Saturday’s game but he made a game-changing play in the first inning. Castillo threw out Juan Pierre trying to advance to second on a ball in the dirt. Instead of runner on second with one out and Hunter Pence at the plate, Castillo threw out Pierre, Garza struck out Pence and Garza went onto retire the next 17 batters he faced.

With Sunday’s victory, the Cubs evened their Sunday record (2-2) and improved to 8-14 on the season …

The aggressive Cubs’ lineup went down in order quickly in the top of the first. Not a single two-ball count as Campana (flied out to left, 1-2), Barney (flied out to left center, 1-0) and Castro (tapped back to Kendrick, 1-2) made three routine outs on 11 pitches, eight for strikes.

Jimmy Rollins led off the home half of the first with a bloop single to right. Two things happened on the first play … Jeff Baker’s first step was back and Rollins did not run hard out of the box. The Cubs caught a break with Rollins not ending up at second. Juan Pierre put together an eight pitch at bat that ended with a weak grounder to short. Rollins was forced at second for the first out. Pierre took over at first.

A 1-0 pitch to Hunter Pence bounced in and rolled slightly toward third. Welington Castillo picked up the ball and with an excellent, strong snap throw cut down Pierre at second. Hunter Pence struck out swinging on Matt Garza’s 15th pitch of the inning (11 for strikes).

Bryan LaHair led off the second with a double to left center (2-2 pitch). The ball hit on the track and bounced over the wall for a ground rule two-bagger. Jeff Baker lined a 1-0 pitch toward right. Hunter Pence misplayed the ball and it sailed over his head. LaHair went back to second to tag and ended up at third on Baker’s double.

Ian Stewart stepped in with runners at second and third with no outs … and grounded a 2-1 pitch toward second. With the infield back, Freddy Galvis fielded the ball and threw to first as LaHair touched the plate with the game’s first run. Baker also advanced on the play. Joe Mather took a very close 3-2 pitch and ended up at first with the Cubs’ first walk.

Welington Castillo took ball one then Mather broke for second. Castillo swung over top of a low fastball and Mather swiped second without a throw. With runners on second and third with one down, Castillo struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch (eighth pitch of the at bat). Matt Garza struck out swinging to end the inning (2-2 pitch).

The Cubs had chances to put multiple runs on the board in the second but had to settle for one. Kendrick ended up throwing 31 pitches in the second, 17 for strikes.

Matt Garza retired the Phillies in order in the second. After two, Garza’s pitch count stood at 29, 20 for strikes.

Tony Campana generated the Cubs’ second run of the game in the third. Campana led off with a single to right (1-0 pitch). Kendrick made a wild throw to first to keep Campana. The ball got away from Laynce Nix and Campana ended up at second. Darwin Barney grounded out to second (1-1 pitch) but his productive out advanced Campana to third with one down.

Starlin Castro popped a 0-1 pitch into shallow right. Hunter Pence caught the ball and made a strong throw to the plate. Campana streaked to the plate and got his left foot in before Brian Schneider could apply the tag … 2-0 Cubs. LaHair looked at strike three to end the inning.

Matt Garza struck out the side in order in the third. Garza faced the minimum the first time through the lineup on 43 pitches, 31 for strikes.

Jeff Baker grounded out to first to start the fourth. Ian Stewart hit a smash towards right (3-2 pitch) but right at Hunter Pence.

Joe Mather made it 3-0 with his first homer as a Cub and his first longball since May of 2011 when he was with the Atlanta Braves. Mather’s fourth inning home run was the first four-bagger by a Cubs’ outfielder this season. Castillo flied out to left center (first pitch) to end the inning.

Jimmy Rollins looked at strike three to start the fourth … Matt Garza’s fourth strikeout in a row. Pierre and Pence made routine outs (ground out to short and pop out to short) to end the inning. Garza sat down Philly in order in the fourth … and after four his pitch count stood at 56, 40 for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing in the fifth … Kendrick struck out the side in order (Garza, Campana and Barney).

Matt Garza made quick work of the Phillies in the fifth … 1-2-3 with another strikeout and at the time he had retired 14 in a row, 68 pitches (47 for strikes) for Garza after five innings.

Other than a one-out single to left by Bryan LaHair, the Cubs did nothing in the sixth against Kyle Kendrick.

Matt Garza kept recording outs in the sixth. Garza retired the Phillies in order in the sixth with two more strikeouts. At the end of six, Garza had retired 17 in a row on 82 pitches, 55 for strikes.

The bottom of the Cubs’ lineup did nothing against Jose Contreras in the seventh.

Matt Garza started the seventh and sat down Jimmy Rollins on a routine grounder to second (1-2 pitch). After retiring 18 in a row and facing the minimum threw 6 1/3, Garza walked Juan Pierre on four pitches. Garza missed on his first two pitches to Hunter Pence but settled down and caught Pence looking (2-2 pitch) for his tenth strikeout of the game. Ty Wigginton popped a 1-1 pitch to Barney for the third out.

The Cubs were able to tack on in the eighth against David Herndon and it could have been more if Starlin Castro had not been thrown out trying to steal second.

Tony Campana led off the eight with an infield single. Campana pounded Herndon’s first pitch off the plate and by the time Freddy Galvis fielded the ball he had no shot of throwing out Campana. The Phillies called a pitch out on a 0-1 offering to Barney, they guessed right but could not throw out Campana at second. Barney bunted Campana to third and Castro drove in his second run.

With the infield in, Starlin Castro hit the first pitch back up the middle. Galvis fielded the ball and tried to throw out Campana at home. Campana scored the Cubs’ fourth run and Castro reached with one out. Castro took off for second on a 1-1 pitch to LaHair. Schneider threw him out for the second out.

Bryan LaHair pulled a 2-1 pitch into right field corner for his second double of the game. Jeff Baker followed with a single to right and drove in LaHair with the Cubs’ fifth run. Baker ended up at second when the throw from Pence went to the plate. Ian Stewart lined out to left to end the inning.

Rafael Dolis pitched the eighth … and retired the Phillies in order on 10 pitches, eight for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing against David Herndon in the ninth and the Cubs went to the bottom of the ninth up 5-0.

Carlos Marmol started the ninth by retiring Galvis on a fly out to center. Marmol then lost his command and issued back-to-back walks to pinch-hitter Pete Orr and Jimmy Rollins (four pitches). Juan Pierre hit a soft looper to Castro on a 0-2 pitch for the second out.

Hunter Pence beat out a grounder up the middle that Barney dove and his throw was just a little late at first. Ty Wigginton stepped in with the bases loaded and two down.

Carlos Marmol then walked Wigginton and forced in Pete Orr with the Phillies’ first run.

Shane Victorino grounded out to Castro to end the game (0-2 pitch).

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Chris Volstad faces Vance Worley in the final of four against the Phillies on Monday night.

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