Cubs Look Hot At Cold Wrigley

Chicago- For the dedicated fans that weren’t scared of the 47 degree weather at Wrigley were rewarded with a solid game from their home team.  The Cubs scored four runs and starting pitcher Randy Wells only gave up one to help his team win 4-1 Monday afternoon.

Arizona started the game with their first hitter Willie Bloomquist connecting on his fourth pitch putting the ball in the left field bleachers.  Even with a rough lead off, Wells finished his six innings looking good only giving up that one run.   

“He just needs to stay focused and hit the glove,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said before the game. “You say that a lot with pitchers, but given his sinker and given his repertoire, it’s so important he keeps the ball down in the zone and just hits the glove pitch after pitch.” 

Chicago answered back in the third with Alfonso Soriano giving some support to Wells flying one over the wall in left, his second homer of the year.  The Cubs added to their tally the next inning getting Marlon Byrd home with a sacrifice fly from Carlos Pena.

“Those add-on runs were huge, three is better than one.” said Mike Quade about the team supporting their starting pitching with runs. 

Sean Marshall started the seventh in replace of Wells, the starter pitched six, struck out six, and only had one earned run against him.  The bullpen took over from there pitching three scoreless innings.

Chicago added two more runs in the eighth Geovany Soto and Soriano both drove in a run.  Carlos Marmol was handed the ball in the top of the ninth to close out the game and grabbed his second save this year.

The Cubs will face the D-Backs again Tuesday with a 1:20 start at Wrigley on Comcast.

Ryan Dempster will try and get some redemption and his first win starting for the Cubs Tuesday, Armando Galarraga will take the hill for Arizona.  Dempster gave up six runs on two home runs his first start for the Cubs this year, lets see what kind of game plan Quade and the Cubs have in mind for Tuesday.