The Cubs scored early and often in the sweltering heat of Wrigley Field, holding on to win 7-2 behind the strong pitching of Carlos Zambrano.
Despite playing for a second division team, Z-Man is now tied for the NL lead in victories; Zambrano walked as many as he struck out (5) and was able to pitch himself out of trouble, including a bases loaded jam. All told, the Cards stranded a total of 20 baserunners.
The Cubs’ offense was well-balanced, with no player driving in more than one run. Ronny Cedeno thrilled the crowd with a homerun into the bleachers (pictured) and went 2 for 4 on the day. Today’s win gave the Cubs a four-game sweep over the redbirds, which surely has caused an upswing in telephone calls for mental health professionals in the St. Louis area. The Cubs are now 10-3 in the season series with the Cardinals, having now taken two straight season series.
In other Cubs news, neither Sean Marshall or Derrek Lee appear anywhere near ready to return to the active roster. The Cubs might have to make a roster move to get Aardsma back up unless they can get seven innings or so out of their next two starts. After starting out very slowly for Boise, Cubs’ first round draft pick Tyler Colvin has a 12 game hitting streak going and has raised his average above .300.