Sunday, April 29, 2012

Matt Garza was outstanding as he led the Cubs to a 5-1 win against the Phillies

Matt Garza pitched an outstanding game against the Philadelphia Phillies and led the Cubs to a 5-1 victory today.  Garza allowed only one hit and no runs while striking out ten batters and walking one during seven innings pitched, which ended up being his best outing so far this season.

Matt Garza had his best outing of the season today (photo from Chicago Tribune)

Joe Mather hit his first home run as a Cub today.  Manager Dale Sveum decided to give right fielder David DeJesus (who has started 18 of the Cubs' 21 games) the day off.  "It's a good opportunity to get [Jeff] Baker and [Joe] Mather some at bats," Sveum said, adding that Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick's numbers against right-handed hitters weren't overwhelming, and that the Cubs won't face a left-handed starter for awhile.  Tony Campana took DeJesus' leadoff spot in the lineup today.

Rafael Dolis pitched a perfect eighth inning, but Carlos Marmol came into the game in the ninth and gave Cub fans something to stress about when he loaded the bases on two walks and allowed an infield hit before walking Ty Wigginton to force in the Phillies' only run.

Tomorrow the Cubs and Phillies will play the final game of the 4-game series at 6:05pm CT.  Chris Volstad will start for the Cubs and is still looking for his first win this season.  Currently the Cubs lead the series, 2-1.

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