|Joe Mather, Tony Campana and Alfonso Soriano celebrate their walk-off win against the Cardinals (photo from cubs.com)|
|Second baseman Darwin Barney scored the first run for the Cubs tonight (photo from cubs.com)|
Cubs manager Dale Sveum used right-handed hitters in the lineup tonight against left-handed Cardinals' pitcher Jaime Garcia, and sat third baseman Ian Stewart and first baseman Bryan LaHair out for Mather and Jeff Baker.
In other Cubs news, the team officially added Michael Bowden to the 25-man roster today and in turn, designated pitcher Rodrigo Lopez for assignment. The Cubs hope that Lopez will clear waivers and accept a job at Triple-A Iowa to be in the starting rotation. “Hopefully that happens, and hopefully he elects to go down there,” Cubs' manager Dale Sveum said.
Bowden is 25 years old and grew up in the Chicago area as a Cubs fan. He said, "This is a dream come true. I'm very blessed and fortunate and extremely excited." Bowden currently resides in Oswego and attended high school in Aurora. Bowden was drafted in 2005 by the Boston Red Sox when Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein was the General Manager for the Red Sox and Jed Hoyer was Epstein's Assistant GM. “They know me well and I know them well,” Bowden said. “So it’s a nice level of comfort.” Welcome home and welcome to the Cubs, Michael Bowden!
Tomorrow the Cubs will play game 2 against the Cardinals at 7:05pm, where Jeff Samardzija will start for the Cubs.