Deserved a win on Tuesday
At least the team won
Carlos Villaneuva certainly pitched well enough to earn a win on Tuesday night. He allowed just 3 hits in 8 and 1/3 innings, but was pulled in the ninth after throwing his 99th pitch. It would be great if the offense could have provided more than just 2 runs before leaving Villaneuva's win in the hands of the Cubs bullpen. Carlos Marmol was brought in for the save, but gave up an RBI single on his second pitch before struggling (walk, strike out, walk, ground out) to force the game into extra innings.
I've been critical of Marmol lately (who hasn't?) but he's been pitching pretty well in his most recent appearances. The anemic offense has to share the blame for the Cubs needing extra innings to win.
The game started as so many have recently. The Cubs took an early 2-run lead and managed to blow it. But unlike Monday (when they blew a pair of 2-run leads) this time they went ahead by 2 runs in the tenth and held on to the lead for their first win since hitting the road last Friday.
The "heros" last night - aside from Villaneuva - were new Cub Cody Ransom (home run in the 2nd) and, thankfully, Kevin Gregg who saved the game in the 10th inning.
Wednesday's game is an early one - 11:35 start - as the Cubs try to win their first series since they started the season by taking 2-of-3 from the Pirates.
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