Jeff Samardzija started for the Cubs and struck out seven batters and gave up five hits over seven innings pitched. He earned the win for tonight's game, bringing his record to 4-1.
Bryan LaHair, Ian Stewart, and Soto all hit home runs to back up Samardzija.
|Bryan LaHair runs the bases after hitting his 8th homer of the season (photo from cubs.com)|
Carlos Marmol walked two batters in the eighth, but was able to retire the Braves' 3-4-5 hitters and escape. He seemed very pleased with himself after getting out of the inning. James Russell came in to close the game in the 9th, but it was not a save opportunity.
|Carlos Marmol reacts after getting out of the eighth inning (photo from Chicago Tribune)|
Cardenas had 18 family members and friends at tonight's game in case he got to play, which he did. This is Cardenas' first trip to Chicago. He had a chance to come up earlier when the team claimed him, but wanted to wait until he got the call. "I wanted the first time I get here to be when I got called up," he said. "I didn't realize Lake Michigan is so big."
Today is the two-year anniversary of when shortstop Starlin Castro made his Major League debut at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. On May 7, 2010, Castro went 2-for-5 in that game, hitting a three-run homer in his first plate appearance. Castro added a three-run triple that game, and his six RBIs were the most recorded by a player in his first career appearance.
Tomorrow the Cubs will play the Braves in game 2 of the series at 7:05pm CT at Wrigley Field. Ryan Dempster will start for the Cubs and hopes to get his first win this season, even though he has an ERA of 0.95, which leads the Majors.