Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 3
What Went Right
- Matt Garza allowed only three runs in eight solid innings. He was in complete control for most of the game. The Cubs offense was able to support him with more than four runs for the first time this season. Garza notched his first win in a Cubs uniform. He fanned ten to move his season K total to 51, which leads the NL.
- Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney continued to play key roles. Who knows where the Cubs would be without those two.
- Alfonso Soriano stayed red hot. After two long balls on Friday night, he homered again and added a run scoring single on Saturday. Sori totaled ten dingers in the month of April, the most in his career. No other player on the ballclub has more than two home runs, while Alfonso has already reached double-figures.
- Marlon Byrd picked up two hits. He was dropped to the seventh spot in the lineup and is off to a rough start.
- Carlos Pena came off the bench and made two nice picks at first in the ninth inning.
- Carlos Marmol it down for his seventh save. Marmol’s stuff was electric in the ninth inning, although the D’backs did bring the tying run to the plate.
What Went Wrong
- Kosuke Fukudome cooled off with an 0-for-5 day at the plate. He still had a very good month of April, but his usual June swoon is right around the corner. If Tyler Colvin, who’s hitting .137, doesn’t heat up, the Cubs could be in trouble in right field.
- Jeff Baker left the game in the top of the eighth inning with a shoulder injury. He started at first base for the second straight day, but went 0-for-4.
News and Notes
- In the top of the ninth inning, Geovany Soto attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but was unable to get the job done. Marlon Byrd was out at second on the fielder’s choice. Mike Quade argued with second base umpire Dan Bellino about the call, and ended up notching his first big league ejection. Pat Listach managed the conclusion of the game while Q watched from the clubhouse. On the replay, it looked as if Bellino made the correct call.
- The Cubs are looking at other rotation options. Doug Davis pitched in a rookie league game in front of Jim Hendry, while Todd Wellemyer is scheduled to start for Triple-A Iowa in the next week.
- Soriano’s blast hit off the scoreboard, becoming the first player to nail the board in Arizona since Richie Sexton in 2004.
- Alfonso’s ten blasts in April is also a club record.
Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)
1st Star – Darwin Barney (.299 WPA)
2nd Star – Gerardo Para (.221 WPA)
3rd Star– Matt Garza (.177 WPA)
Official Recap Standings
Buddy 3-1 (.750)
Joe 6-6 (.500)
Mark 2-3 (.400)
Chet 0-1 (.000)
Brandon 1-3 (.250)