Things are getting a little scary. Here are the numbers: The Chicago Cubs beat the Florida Marlins in the first game of their current series for their fourth win in a row, a season high. This bumped their record under interim manager Mike Quade to 15-7 and gave them a road record of 10-3.
Charlie Nobles has posted an article on the Chicago Cubs website titled “Dempster, Cubs work out of trouble in Miami.” This was the second strong game in a row for Ryan Dempster. In the last game he won his 100th game, 50th for the Cubs.
It was a game of “comebacks” on the part of the Cubs.
In fact the scoring really wasn’t totally achieved by the Chicagoans. Marlins’ left fielder Logan Morrison lost a fly ball by Alfonso Soriano in the lights in the second inning and as a result Geovany Soto scored from first and he was running flat out from the start. The Cubs scored their second run in the sixth inning on a single by Xavier Nady followed by a double by Soto.
I mentioned it was a game of comebacks for the Cubs.
Starlin Castro had an awful error that ultimately led to men on second and third with no one out in the seventh inning. However Dempster got the batters out with a pop-up and two strikeouts. He had problems in other innings but worked out of every one. Quade was smart enough to leave him in despite the fact he threw 123 pitches.
Star reliever Carlos Marmol started the ninth inning by walking the first two batters. That has been an unfortunate sign of his this year. However he made his comeback by getting the next two batters. Then Starlin Castro made his comeback.
A ball was hit into no man’s land in shallow left field. There was no way that Cubs’ third baseman Ramirez could reach it and neither could the left fielder. Somehow Castro made a spectacular catch to give the Cubs the win. His catch is shown on the link.
Somehow Quade knew not to pull Marmol, Dempster or Castro.
And the beat goes on.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Charlie Nobles, “Dempster, Cubs work out of trouble in Miami”