Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
This afternoon game was preceded by the Retirement Ceremony of #31 (Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux).
The Marlins took an early step for the lead, as Baker (FLA C) scored on a single by Cantu (FLA 1B). Zambrano (CHC P) kept his cool though, holding the Marlins hitless and scoreless until the 5th inning.
The 5th was a big inning for the Cubs! Fontenot (CHC 3B) had a solo homer in the 4th, bringing the Cubs’ lead to 2-1. Top of the 5th started off on the wrong foot as Hermida (FLA LF) scored on Nolasco’s SAC hit. Bottom of the 5th started on the wrong hamstring as Zambrano, the lead-off batter, reached on a single but injured his left hamstring along the way and left the game, replaced by Rich Harden as a Pinch Runner. Soriano (CHC LF) lined out next, but Theriot (CHC SS) reached first on a successful bunt, then Fukudome reached on an error charged to Gload (FLA RF). Mr Derrek Lee (CHC 1B) approaches the plate, and on the second pitch from Ricky Nolasco (FLA P) delivers a mighty GRAND SALAMI to CF-RF. A tremendous offensive blast that the Marlins attempted to recover from (with a solo lead-off homer from John Baker (FLA C) in the 8th inning) but were unable to do so.
FLA 4 7 1
CUBS 6 9 2
Lee’s GS was his only hit and run in the game. Theriot (2-4, R) and Fontenot (2-4, R, HR, SB) batted well. Marlins catcher Baker (3-4, 3R, 2B, HR) was their primary source of offensive power. Hanley Ramirez (FLA SS) was walked in 3 consecutive appearances by 3 different Cubs pitchers.
Angel Guzman (CHC P) was charged with an error (missed catch) in the 6th that allowed Jorge Cantu (FLA 1B) to reach base, Aaron Miles (CHC 2B) was charged with the assist (throw).