Cubs vs. Phillies: Matt Garza Quiets Phillies' Bats in Cubs' 5-1 Win
Here is what we learned and the questions we have after today's victory put the Cubs' record at 8-14.
Matt Garza Throws Lights Out
There has been much speculation the Cubs were willing to trade Garza for potential prospects, but Garza proved he is the ace of this pitching staff and could possibly be for years to come after his dominating performance against the Phillies.
The Phillies were baffled all day against Garza as he gave up just one hit, one base on balls, and recorded 10 punch-outs. He is now 2-1 on the season with a brilliant ERA of 2.67. Garza has been one of the most dependable Cubs pitchers during his brief tenure in Chicago.
Tony Campana Is at It Again
After today's performance, Dale Sveum should be penciling Campana's name in the lineup every day.
Campana again proved he is lethal when he is on base and since Marlon Byrd's trade, Campana is batting .435. He batted leadoff in this Cubs victory and appeared very comfortable in that slot as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
Alfonso Soriano Is Finally Benched
It was about time for the struggling slugger to spend some time on the bench. Soriano definitely needs a couple days off to clear his mind and hopefully be able to hit his first home run of the season.
What Is Up with Ian Stewart?
Third baseman Stewart has become somewhat of an afterthought for the majority of Cubs fans because of how little he has been talked about and how very little salary he his making this year.
Still, he is not producing from an offensive standpoint and you wonder how long the Cubs will continue having Stewart playing every day at a cornerstone position of a ballclub.
Carlos Marmol Looked Awful
In a non-save situation, Marmol nearly allowed the Phillies to tie up the ballgame as he gave up one run on one hit and walked three batters. Granted, Marmol had not pitched in about five days, but to see your closer unable to slam the door shut effectively with a comfortable lead is a reason for concern.
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