Marlins 3 Cubs 6
Ford’s in his flivver. All’s well with the world. —Brave New World
Box score. The Cubs return to Wrigley, 41,482 in attendance, and all cylinders are firing. The Cubs start a fresh winning streak, which has that wonderful new-car smell. Doubles from Johnson, Ramirez, Big Z, and Soriano; homers from Cedeno and Blanco; 8 hits and 4 walks as a team; and an excellent outing on the mound for Big Z, going 7 strong innings, giving up 6 hits, no walks, and 2 ER, and striking out 6. DeRosa also had a nice diving catch in right, with the bases loaded and 1 out in the top of the 8th, to likely save at least a couple runs in the inning.
Soto and Fukudome got the night off, which is odd, given Fukudome looked pretty good in last night’s game, and has incredible numbers at Wrigley. Nevertheless.
The Marlins first two runs came off a Hanley Ramirez homer in the 3rd, and the other off a Gonzalez sac fly in the 8th.
The Brewers came back to nip the Cards today, 4-3. That means the Brewers remain one back, and Cards drop to 4 back. Back to day baseball tomorrow, with a 1:20 CT start (TV: WGN).