The Cubs won!
Most recently, Carlos Marmol managed to embarass not one, not two, but three Pirate hitters, striking out the side with a nice mix of fastball strikes and narsty narsty sliders. Moving backwards from his performance to the game's first pitch, Sean Marshall contributed a 1-2-3 eighth (earning the win), Kerry Wood struck out two in the seventh, and Carlos Zambrano posted a quality start, despite leaving the game in the seventh with a hand cramp. (Eddie blames pr0n, I say it was Dragonforce on Expert.)
The Cub offense had a pretty dismal day leading up to the eighth inning, shut out through seven by Paul Maholm. Especially in the game's first few innings, the problem appeared to be over-aggresiveness; I guess the scouting report said to attack Maholm early in the count, but when balls put into play don't fall for hits, it allows the pitcher to work deep into the game, and that's what Paul did.
But then the eighth happened! Kosuke walked, Castro doubled (OF COURSE HE DID), Byrd reached on an error (thank you Lyle Overbay!), Soto singled, Pena flew out, Soriano singled, Colvin walked, DeWitt doubled -- and like that, the Cubs had managed to score five runs in the inning.
Sure is nice to see the team win after looking so bad for most of the game. Go Cubs! Rubber match tomorrow afternoon.