Valbuena’s 9th Inning Home Run Gives Cubs the Win- Cubs 4 Marlins 3
Win: Shawn Camp (1-1) Loss: Steve Cishek (1-3) Save: Carlos Marmol (2)
Home Runs: Cubs: Nate Schierholtz (3), Luis Valbuena (4)
The Good: Edwin Jackson started off rough, but rebounded for a quality start against a very weak Marlins offense. Schierholtz and Valbuena went yard, with Valbuena’s being the decider in the game. David DeJesus, Welington Castillo, and Schierholtz also added doubles, with Castillo’s driving in a run. Carlos Marmol notched his second save, but it wasn’t pretty.
The Bad: Schierholtz was the only Cub with multiple hits. The Cubs allowed three runs to the Marlins, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is when you take into account the fact that the Marlins have scored 1 or 0 runs in 11 of their first 21 games this season.
The Ugly: Anthony Rizzo continued his struggles at the plate, going 0-4 with 3 strikeouts.
The Stat: Darwin Barney, who also went hitless, lowered his average to a paltry .129.
Notes: Ian Stewart could find himself on the bench when he returns from the DL, as Valbuena has hit very well.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow at 6:10.