Cubs Win Sixth in a Row, Defeat Reds 4-3
Can you believe? Just last week the Cubs lost five in a row and the team seemed to be getting worse by the game. Now, the Cubs have won six games in a row. Another close on today at Wrigley, but the Cubs managed to get the win.
The Cubs got out to an early lead on Campana’s two run inside-the-park home run. It was Campana’s first home run of his career. Colvin added on to the lead in the second inning with a homer to right in the thick of the wind. Colvin has been swinging a good bat for the Cubs after being called up with the trade of Fukudome.
The Cubs received a solid outing from starter Ryan Dempster. The right hander pitched six innings allowing two runs on four hits. However, Dempster got himself in a few jams because of the six walks he issued.
The Cubs took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh when Carols Pena barely missed a grand slam. However, Castro scored on the play making the score 4-2 Cubs. The sac fly by Pena proved to be the game winner for the Cubs.
After giving up a lead off home run , Kerry Wood settled in and preserved the Cubs lead. Cubs closer Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless ninth the record his 24th save of the season.
Other notes: Campana’s inside-the-park home run was the first one at Wrigley Field since Sammy Sosa hit one in 2001. The last Cubs to hit an inside- the-park home was Geovany Soto in 2008 in Houston.
The Cubs will look to continue their winning streak Saturday as Zambrano faces Cueto. The Cubs as a team have batted .306 vs Cueto including a.346 average from Soriano.