The Cubs stole a victory from the Cardinals tonight. Even Carlos Marmol couldn’t ruin this one, try as he might. Soriano came up with the biggest hit, but the 1-5 hitters and Samardzija can largely be credited for the win. Right now the Cubs’ best closer is a walk-off hit.
It was a rough day for the starting pitchers in the Cubs minor league system, resulting in losses for Iowa, Daytona and Peoria. The offense for most of the clubs was not much better, although top prospects Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo each reached base multiple times for the I-Cubs. Tennessee also won a twelve inning affair.
The Cubs looked to be on the brink of another roll-over-and-die loss in a winnable game. Instead, Bryan LaHair waited out Cardinals closer Jason Motte and Joe Mather shot a game-winning grounder back up the middle. For at least one night, the Cubs weren’t abysmal doormats.
The arch-nemesis Cardinals come to Wrigley tonight for a three-game set. Can the Cubs finally string together some victories and pull off the series win? Check out the pitching matchups, scouting reports, and more in our series preview.