Meet The Newest Cub Killer
It’s your Cubs/Cardinals series wrap. Let’s start with this guy:
Came into the series with 1 career home run. Left with 3. Series totals: 5-9, 4 runs, 2 homers, a double, 2 walks, 12 total bases. Welcome to the club. It’s your newest Cub Killer, Brian Barden.
Thursday was a tough game. Duncan, Barden and Khalil Greene homered and Adam Wainwright pitched good enough for the win. Sean Marshall wasn’t awful, but the bullpen did him no favors and the Cards won it 7-4.
Friday was an exciting, back and forth affair. Classic Cubs/Cards game. The Cardinals pounded on Carlos Zambrano, hitting 3 long balls off him and plating 7 runs. He deserved defeat but the Cubs offense saved him. The Cubbies were down 7-5 going into the bottom of the 8th. They scored one and then in the 8th, Chris Perez walked pinch-hitter Aaron Miles. Alfonso Soriano came to the dish and went yard. 8-7 Cubs. Marmol came in for the save. Series tied.
Saturday was another fantastic game. It was another Cubs comeback. Marmol actually gave up arun and was given a blown save, but he had one of the biggest plays of the game. He went 3-0 on Albert Pujols in the 7th. Pujols was given the green light and fouled off a pitch. It went to 3-2 and Marmol induced a weak grounder back to the mound that he fielded and tossed to DLee. He threw him 3 fast balls and 2 sliders to get to that count. Pitch 6? A curve. He threw a curve on 3-2 to the game’s best hitter and got him to ground one back to the mound. Amazing.
By now you know ARam took Dennys Reyes deep for the game winner in the 11th. But before that at-bat Ramirez was 0-5.
Kosuke Fukudome: 5-13, 3 2Bs, a homer, 5 runs, 5 RBI.
Carlos Marmol: the save on Friday and the huge play on Pujols on Saturday
Aaron Miles: Walked before Fonzie’s game-winning HR on Friday, had HUGE 2-out RBI-single in the 6th on Saturday.
Alfonso Soriano: Was so patient! 4 walks, 5 runs scored and of course the big game-winning bomb. Also had a nice OF assist doubling up Chris Duncan on a flyball.
Aramis Ramirez: 6-13, double, homer, 5 RBI.