Game Sixty-One – Cubs 4, Tigers 3
WP – Carlos Marmol (1-2) LP – Phil Coke (1-3) Save – Shawn Camp (1)
The Cubs were patient at the plate for one of the few times this season and ended their 12-game losing streak in one-run ballgames (7-16). The Cubs worked seven walks and four of those came around to score.
The Cubs scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth on two miscues from Jhonny Peralta. Peralta was charged with throwing errors on back-to-back plays with two outs that allowed the Cubs to load the bases then take the lead.
With runners on first and second and two outs, Tony Campana (2-for-5 with three stolen bases) hit a grounder to Peralta at short. Peralta’s throw to second sailed and Ramon Santiago could not stay on the bag. Starlin Castro hit another grounder to Peralta. Peralta’s throw to first was on the right field side of the bag and pulled Prince Fielder off the base. Darwin Barney (1-for-3 with a double, a walk, three RBI, a stolen base and a run scored) capped off his big night by scoring the go ahead run.
The Cubs won back-to-back games for the first time since the end of May.
The Cubs offense did just enough early in the game but were not able to tack on to their lead (1-for-14 with runners in scoring position, 11 left on base). The Tigers outhit the Cubs (8-7) but the Cubs worked seven free passes while the Tigers walked twice. Darwin Barney led the way Tuesday night. Barney drove in the Cubs’ first run with a fielder’s choice ground out in the second inning then gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead in the sixth with a two-out, two-run double. Steve Clevenger (1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored), Bryan LaHair (0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) and Reed Johnson (1-for-1) also contributed to Tuesday’s win.
Paul Maholm put together his best start in a month. Maholm left the game with two on and no out in the sixth and the Cubs up 3-0. Casey Coleman could not hold the lead and Maholm received a no decision after being charged with two runs on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in six-plus innings (88 pitches, 58 strikes). Maholm struck out four of the first seven batters he faced and set a season-high with seven strikeouts Tuesday night. Maholm’s seven strikeouts were three short of his career-mark (10) set on August 8, 2008 against the Phillies.
James Russell bailed out Casey Coleman in the seventh and ended up throwing a scoreless inning (two outs in the seventh, one in the eighth) with two strikeouts. Carlos Marmol retired both of the batters he faced in the eighth and Shawn Camp picked up his first save in a Cubs’ uniform with a perfect ninth.
The wind helped Cubs’ pitching on Tuesday night and kept at least four balls from leaving the old ballpark. Delmon Young, Jhonny Peralta, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder would have added to their home run total on any other day.
With Tuesday’s win, the Cubs improved to 21-40 on the season … Paul Maholm struck out two of the three batters he faced in the first inning. Maholm threw 14 pitches, seven for strikes, and the two strikeouts were both on 3-2 pitches … one to Brennan Boesch the other to Miguel Cabrera.
Tony Campana tried to bunt his way on to start the bottom of the first. Danny Worth picked the ball up and made a quick toss to fielder to just get Campana for the first out. Starlin Castro grounded out to Fielder for the second out.
David DeJesus ripped a 1-2 pitch into left center. The ball one-hopped the ivy and DeJesus ended up at second with a two-out double. After a wild pitch advanced DeJesus to third, Alfonso Soriano struck out swinging to end the inning.
Prince Fielder blooped a 0-2 pitch into left for a single to start the second. Delmon Young crushed Maholm’s first pitch. The wind kept the ball in the park and Campana hauled it in for the first out. Jhonny Peralta foul-tipped a 2-2 pitch into Clevenger’s glove and Gerald Laird looked at a 2-2 pitch to end the inning. Maholm threw 30 pitches in the first two innings, 19 for strikes.
Max Scherzer could not find the strike zone in the second inning. Bryan LaHair walked on four pitches to start the inning. Steve Clevenger got ahead in the count 3-1 before tapping a 3-2 pitch toward third. Miguel Cabrera fielded the ball but had no play at first. The Cubs had runners on first and second with no outs.
A 0-1 pitch to Darwin Barney got past Gerald Laird. LaHair and Clevenger moved up ninety feet on Scherzer’s second wild pitch of the game. Jim Leyland left his infield back. Darwin Barney hit a 2-2 pitch to short. Peralta fielded and threw him out at first as LaHair crossed the plate. The Cubs took a 1-0 lead. Ian Stewart walked to put runners on first and second with one out.
Paul Maholm could not get the bunt down and struck out (bunted through) on a 1-2 pitch. Tony Campana hit the first pitch he saw to Fielder to end the inning.
After two, the Cubs had a slim 1-0 lead.
Danny Worth led off the third with a single to left (2-2 pitch). Max Scherzer dropped down a bunt on Maholm’s first pitch and advanced Worth into scoring position. Maholm struck out Austin Jackson and retired Boesch on a pop out to Castro to end the inning. Maholm threw 41 pitches in three innings, 23 for strikes.
The Cubs did nothing in the third. Scherzer tossed 54 pitches in first three innings, 30 for strikes.
Miguel Cabrera led off the fourth with a single to right center (1-2 pitch). Maholm continued throwing strikes and was able to induce a grounder off the bat of Prince Fielder toward first. Bryan LaHair fielded the ball, threw to first and then took the return throw from Castro for the 3-6-3 double play. Delmon Young ripped a 2-0 pitch back up the middle. Barney was in the shift and kept the ball on the infield but Young reached on the Tigers’ second hit of the inning. Jhonny Peralta flied out to right to end the inning … 56 pitches for Maholm after four, 37 for strikes.
The Cubs did nothing in the fourth.
Paul Maholm set down the Tigers in order in the fifth. Maholm struck out another batter and after five Maholm had thrown 67 pitches, 44 for strikes.
Max Scherzer struck out Ian Stewart and Paul Maholm to start the Cubs’ fifth. Tony Campana reached on a bunt single toward third. Cabrera tried a barehand pickup but would not have had a chance. Campana swiped second with Castro at the dish. Starlin Castro struck out swinging to end the inning.
Paul Maholm stayed sharp in the sixth … with a lot of help from the wind and Alfonso Soriano. Maholm struck out Austin Jackson looking to start the inning. Brennan Boesch reached on a one-out single to left. Miguel Cabrera launched a 0-2 pitch into left center. Tony Campana lost the ball, Alfonso Soriano showed off his range and caught the ball has he collided with Campana. Prince Fielder then hit a deep fly to left center … that on any other day would have been long gone.
David DeJesus led off the sixth and quickly fell behind Scherzer 0-2 but ended up working the count back full and then walked to start the inning. Alfonso Soriano shattered his bat on a 3-2 pitch but was able to muscle the ball over Fielder’s head and into right. DeJesus was running with the pitch and advanced to third easily.
Before a 1-1 pitch to Bryan LaHair, Max Scherzer pulled the ole third to first pickoff move … and it worked. Scherzer picked off Soriano for the first out of the inning. With DeJesus still at third, LaHair struck out swinging on a 1-2 pitch for the second out. Steve Clevenger worked the second walk of the inning and Barney stepped in with runners on first and third with two outs.
Darwin Barney pulled the first pitch from Scherzer into left field. DeJesus and Clevenger scored and the Cubs took a 3-0 lead. Scherzer intentionally walked Stewart to face Maholm.
Barney swiped third but Stewart did not follow. Maholm ripped a 2-2 pitch back up the middle that Worth fielded behind the second base bag and tossed to Peralta to force Stewart for the third out.
After six, the Cubs led 3-0.
Delmon Young lined a 3-1 pitch over Soriano’s head in left. Soriano misplayed the ball but played it off the ivy perfectly and threw a strike toward second. Darwin Barney applied the tag but the umpire missed the call. Paul Maholm did not get the call on a 2-2 offering to Jhonny Peralta and ended up walking him to put runners on first and second with no outs.
Dale Sveum made his way to the mound and brought in Casey Coleman to face Gerald Laird.
Coleman started pitching from behind. Laird lined out to left for the first out. Coleman ended up walking pinch-hitter Quintin Berry to load the bases.
Ramon Santiago hit for Scherzer and ripped a 1-0 pitch into left center. Delmon Young trotted home with the Tigers’ first run. With the bases still loaded and one down, Austin Jackson lined Coleman’s first pitch into left. Peralta and Berry scored … and just like that the Tigers tied the game at three.
Dale Sveum made the slow walk again and brought in James Russell to face Brennan Boesch with runners on first and second with one out. Russell struck out Boesch swinging on a 2-2 pitch for the second out.
Miguel Cabrera hit a routine grounder to Ian Stewart on a 3-2 pitch. LaHair picked the low throw to end the inning.
Lefty Phil Coke took over for Scherzer in the seventh with the game tied at three. Tony Campana reached on a miscue by Prince Fielder to start the inning. On a 1-2 pitch to Castro, Campana took off for second and slid in feet first with the would-be go ahead run. Castro swung and missed a 2-2 pitch for the first out. David DeJesus fouled out to Cabrera and Coke intentionally walked Alfonso Soriano.
Campana swiped third on the first pitch to LaHair. Coke ended up striking out LaHair swinging on three pitches to end the inning.
The Tigers did nothing against James Russell and Carlos Marmol in the eighth. Russell struck out Fielder looking (1-2 pitch) and Marmol retired Young on a liner to short. The wind kept a deep fly ball off the bat of Jhonny Peralta in the park to end the inning (deep fly out to the track in right center).
Phil Coke stayed in and started the eighth. Coke caught Clevenger looking at a 1-2 pitch for the first out. Darwin Barney walked (Cubs’ seventh free pass of the game) but Ian Stewart tipped a 1-2 pitch into Gerald Laird’s glove for the second out.
Reed Johnson hit for Carlos Marmol and reached on a swinging bunt to third. Barney held at second with two down.
Tony Campana hit a routine grounder to Jhonny Peralta (maybe a step or two toward the hole). Peralta fielded the ball but his throw sailed and Santiago could not keep his foot on the bag. Johnson was called safe and the Cubs had the bases loaded with two down.
Starlin Castro hit a 2-1 pitch toward the hole at short. Peralta fielded the ball but short armed his throw to first. Peralta’s throw was to the right field side of first and pulled Fielder off the bag. Barney scored and the Cubs took a 4-3 lead. David DeJesus grounded out to first to end the inning.
The Cubs took a 4-3 lead into the ninth …
Shawn Camp set down the bottom of the Tigers lineup in order for his first save in a Cubs’ uniform.
Matt Garza is scheduled to face Rick Porcello on Tuesday night.
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