Game Recap: Cubs 4, Marlins 3 (HOLY ****! A WIN!)
Raise your hand if you thought Silva would start the season 4-0 for the Cubs. Outside of those of you who are habitual liars, I don't think any of us saw this coming. So far, Silva has had a (mostly) strong start to the tune of a 3.40 ERA and a nice 26:9 K:BB ratio. As a "pitch-to-contact" pitcher, he's going to have rough days, but luckily today was one of the good ones to snap a four-game skid.
Silva turned in a quality start by going 6.1 innings and allowing only two earned runs on seven hits. Even better, the Cubs offense showed us that good things can happen when your team can score 4 or more runs in a game. The four-run benchmark seems to be an arbitrary guideline, but more often than not a team that scores four or more runs puts a W up.
I am going to have to give Marlon Byrd the offensive star award for his go-ahead double in the 5th that drove in Fukudome and eventually led to the Castro run after a wild pitch by Volstad one batter later. Castro, Byrd and Lee all had two hits in the game and Soriano went 1-for-3 with (another!) walk. I don't know how much Lou plans on trotting out the same configuration, but I really liked seeing Fukudome leading off against a righty with Castro as the 2 hitter. Hypothetically, with the 3 and 4 hitters actually hitting, Castro should be seeing some good pitches to hit in that spot if he stays there.
The bullpen was just good enough today as Marmol came in during the eighth for a four-out save. He was shaky in the ninth, giving up a run, but kept his composure and got out with the save after striking out Hanley Ramirez with runners on first and second.
It feels like it's been far too long since the Cubs have put one in the "W" column. Today felt nice. Even with the drama of Aramis "I dont need a hitting coach" Ramirez, this offense is just too good to be held impotent. I expect a good series this weekend when Pittsburgh comes to town.