Chicago Cubs Defeat Florida Marlins Behind Ryan Theriot's Grand Slam

Paul SwaneySenior Analyst IMay 1, 2009

CHICAGO - APRIL 13:  Ryan Theriot #2 of the Chicago Cubs bats against the Colorado Rockies during the Opening Day game on April 13, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Rockies 4-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The forecast called for a 10 percent chance of rain in Wrigleyville, but that quickly turned to 100 percent when Rich Harden threw the first pitch to Emilio Bonaficio. By the time the rain ended, Rich Harden had exited the game, and the Marlins lead 5-1 as the Cubs came to bat in the fourth.

Mike "why am I not the everyday second basemen" Fontenot lined a single to left center to cut the lead to 5-2 in the bottom half of the inning.

Then, in the bottom of the sixth, with two outs, light hitting Ryan Theriot blasted a drive over the basket in left center for a grand slam, lifting the cubs to a 6-5 lead that they would not relinquish.

Even Denise Richards' rendition of the seventh inning stretch could not dampen Cubs fans' spirits, as Neil Cotts, Carlos Marmol, and Kevin Gregg combined to close the Marlins out in the seventh, eighth, and ninth.

With the win, the Cubs find themselves again at the .500 mark, still a major disappointment given the preseason predictions of at least a division title, if not a century-drought-ending World Series.

An upside for Cubs fans was the performance of Derek Lee and Geovany Soto, who both hit the ball hard and hopefully are breaking out of their season long slumps.