The Cubs End Their Five-Game Losing Streak
The Cubs celebrate after their come from behind victory tonight.
In the early going it looked like the Cubs were going to continue their losing ways. Two errors by catcher Welington Castillo and a throwing error by shortstop Starlin Castro allowed the Milwaukee Brewers to score three runs in the top of the second inning. But the Cubs defense wouldn’t allow any more runs to come across from that point on.
It took a while for the North Siders to get their bats going. They only managed two hits in the first four innings. The Cubs would begin to scratch the surface in the bottom of the 5th inning. After Travis Wood struck out to start the inning, David DeJesus would get a single. Starlin Castro would reach first on a throwing error by the Brewers. Anthony Rizzo would finally break the ice for the Cubs grounding out to second base and allowing DeJesus to score. The Brewers still led 1-0 after five.
The Cubs would tie the game in the seventh inning after another rally. It started with a pinch-hit single by Steve Clevenger, followed by a David DeJesus double. An RBI ground out by Starlin Castro allowed Clevenger to score and moved DeJesus to second. Then Anthony Rizzo would come up next with a huge RBI double, scoring DeJesus and tying the game at 3.
From there Carlos Marmol would come in to pitch the eighth inning. He was booed out of the ball park as Cubs fans assumed the game would be lost from here. It looks like Marmol got his act together as he would only allow one hit in his solo inning of work. Cubs fans were thanking God for that one.
Then in the bottom of the eighth, the Cubs offense would make the Brewers pitching staff feel their wrath. Brewers reliever John Axford gave up a single to right fielder Nate Schierholtz followed by back-to-walks to Luis Valbuena and Dioner Navarro to start the inning. A pinch-hitting Scott Hairston flied out, but that allowed Schierholtz to score from third. Then David DeJesus would step up with a monster, bases clearing, two RBI double to put the Cubs up for good 6-3.
Rookie closer Kyuji Fujikawa would finish the game from there by striking out the side to pick up his second save of the season. Carlos Marmol believe it or not picked up the victory, he is 1-1 on the year. Credit must also be given to starter Travis Wood and reliever Hector Rondon.
They combined for seven innings of work. Rondon did not allow a single base runner, while Wood allowed 7 hits, 3 walks, and he was charged with the three runs from the second inning. He also struck out six Milwaukee batters. The Cubs losing streak stops at five games, and they hope to begin a winning streak starting tomorrow. The Cubs have yet to win two in-a-row this season.
They are hoping to start that trend tomorrow with game three of this four game series with the Milwaukee Brewers. Here is the box score from tonight’s game.
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