The Cubs moved into a tie for 2nd, and potentially 1st by the end of action tonight, on Saturday with a comeback 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. Pittsburgh opened up the scoring in the first with a Pedro Alvarez single into Right Field scoring Jose Tabata. Tabata would score again on a Neil Walker double in the 3rd before Garrett Jones hit a solo shot, chasing Carlos Zambrano, to make it a 3-0 ballgame in Pittsburgh’s favor.
But in the 8th, Starlin Castro doubled into the ivy on the outfield wall to score Kosuke Fukudome. On the following play, Castro scored on a Marlon Byrd reach by error for the second consecutive game. Alfonso Soriano earned the equalizer, in much the same fashion the Blackhawks had late in regulation of their OT victory Friday, with a single to knock in Geovany Soto. Tyler Colvin walked to load the bases for pinch hitter Blake DeWitt, who proceeded to hit the game-winning double scoring Soto and Soriano.
Kerry Wood pitched a scoreless 7th inning after Zambrano was taken out in a 2-2 count to Ronny Cedeno with no outs in the inning. Sean Marshall followed with a scoreless 8th inning and a win before Carlos Marmol came in and struck out all 3 batters he faced to earn the save and send the Cubs to a 5-3 victory, their first of the season.
Triple-C 3 Stars of the Game:
#3) Cubs Bullpen (Kerry Wood, Sean Marshall, and Carlos Marmol)
#2) Starlin Castro
#1) Blake DeWitt
Well, that was disappointing.
But there were some Pros:
1) Starlin Castro’s Speed: 2 infield singles, 3 hits
2) Starlin Castro’s Defense: 2 Nice plays
3) Early Offense: Up 2-0 to start the game
4) Aramis Ramirez: Had a good game at the plate
5) Starlin Castro’s Determination: Attempted to turn plays he had no chance at but without blowing the game.
But the cons were:
1) Dempster in the second half of his outing: 2 home runs, including a grand slam allowed.
2) Geovany Soto’s offense: He could never pull it together.
Well, we lost Opening Day in 2008 too, and we stayed in this game until the final batter grounded out. Lets go back out and win one tomorrow!