Matt Garza started off the second half with a phenomenal start. He wasn’t very economical with his pitches, but he had some good stuff, struck out plenty, and didn’t let anyone score. That’s plenty good for me.

Marlon Byrd went deep for the first time since he’s been back, and Geovany Soto had himself another good night, going 4-4. All was well heading into the 9th, with the Cubs blissfully up 2-0.

And then Carlos Marmol happened. He walked the bases loaded on just 13 pitches, and, with Mike Quade sitting on his hands, Carlos found the strike zone just long enough to give up a bases-clearing double. I would have been more upset of the Cubs weren’t simply following the script.

  • The Magicman

    Is there any prospect that blows everybody else away in this years draft.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I think the people who are paid to decide such things have said it’s too early to tell – but don’t hold me to that.

  • Robbo

    Cubs will definitely get a good draft pick after this season, but dont expect that to help. Jim Hendry has been GM since 2002 and of the 9 1st round picks he made ZERO of them are currently up on the big club playing at Wrigley. Cashner will be back soon (We hope) but that is still a 1 for 9 record. This guy has about as good a 1st rd pick history as a certain other Chicago GM up at Hallas Hall. Ugggggghhhhhh, crap

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That’s kind of depressing. Yes, Cashner and Colvin, and all that. But, like, zero of nine right now?

      • BT

        It’s also a bit misleading. If we make the same comment in September, when it’s fully possible that FOUR first round picks (or every Wilkin first round pick except for Simpson) has a decent chance of logging important playing time (Colvin, Cashner, Vitters, and Jackson), will that mean that Hendry is a genius? Hell, if you want to includes supplemental picks, Flaherty might be on the team as well.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          That’s why the Cashner/Colvin caveats are there. But, you can’t deny that the results – as they currently stand – of the last decade of first round picks have been disappointing.

  • Joyce K

    Can someone please explain to me why, after the Cubs throw tons of money at a player, they SUCK shortly there after?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      God hates us.

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