Ryne Sandberg returned to Wrigley Field this past weekend as the interim Manager for the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Cubs fed the man sandbergers for his trouble.
The first two contests, Friday, and Saturday were one run games which the Phillies, and Cubs split.
The Wrigley greeting for Sandberg on Friday was a Cubs run in the first with 4 more to follow before the Phillies would finally answer with 4 in the 6th.
Samardzija went through 6+ innings giving up 5 ERs as a Cubs 5-0 lead diminished, and Samardzija was finished.
The Cubs pitching staff allowed 1 more ER in the 9th, and the Phillies pulled out a 6-5 win. Summary on the Cubs Home Page.
On Saturday, just as some fans were second guessing a Wrigley Field curse on the Cubs, all scoring frames came up with a limit of 1 per team. It was much to do about pitching, and both sides held it close with a 3-3 tie in the 6th.
Starlin Castro was up in the 6th, and clouted one out with nobody on. Who would have thought pitching would hold everybody back for the rest of the game, and Castro’s round-tripper would be the game winner? 4-3 Cubs. Stats & the Story.
Sunday. Different story. The Cubs took the decisive game of the series in a decisive manor, 7-1. No doubt about sandbergers on Sunday. Perhaps a bit of a return for the 12-1 Phillies victory over the Cubs in Philadelphia, earlier last month. Details on the Cubs Home Page.
The Marlins come in for 3, and next weekend, when the Brewers arrive, the Cubs could escape a last place finish in the NL Central Division.
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