Cubs 4, Reds 3
What Went Right
Matt Garza pitched another strong game. He has been very impressive throughout the second half of the season, serving as one of the team’s only bright spots. Today he hurled 7.2 innings allowing just three total runs, two of which were unearned.
James Russell has emerged as one of the most underrated players on the Cubs. He did his job today, retiring the only man he faced to escape the eighth inning.
An Aramis Ramirez single with two outs in the fifth to drive in two was the turning point in the game. Starlin Castro and Reed Johnson scampered home on that play to give the Cubs the lead, before Ramirez scored on a wild pitch to add an insurance tally.
Carlos Marmol bounced back from his blown save Saturday by working a perfect ninth. He notched his 32nd save.
What Went Wrong
The Cubs had a chance to add to the lead in the bottom of the eighth but they failed to do it. Bryan LaHair launched a double, but Geovany Soto was cut down at the plate trying to score on the play. Darwin Barney struck out with LaHair at third to end the inning.
Starlin Castro committed his 26th error of the season. Reed Johnson was also charged with an error on a bobble.
Marlon Byrd went 0-for-4, as did Geovany Soto, whose average dropped to .227.
Right handed pitcher Andrew Cashner was activated from the 60-day disabled list today. Cashner will be in uniform tomorrow, but he will not pitch until Wednesday at the earliest. Infielder DJ LeMahieu and pitcher John Gaub are expected to be called up from Triple-A Iowa tomorrow. More callups will be made after the Double-A postseason, but Brett Jackson is not expected to make his big league debut this season.
The Cubs were able to win a fairly normal game today. Carlos Marmol received the ball in a one run game and quickly sent the Reds down in order. The Cubs offense was able to do just enough to get Garza a well-deserved win. This series has no impact on the playoff picture, but both teams are hoping to put together some wins in the final month.
Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)
1st Star – Aramis Ramirez (.321 WPA)
2nd Star – Carlos Marmol (.172 WPA)
3rd Star – Matt Garza (.118 WPA)