Cubs Lose in 9th, but Marshall Does Job in Place of Zambrano

Harry PavlidisSenior Analyst ISeptember 7, 2008

Carlos Zambrano's shoulder problems forced Sean Marshall to stay in the rotation for a second turn. This had cost the Cubs, as noted by the Sun Times, when Marshall's absence in the pen played into Jon Lieber being left in to face Jay Bruce on Friday.

Bruce hit a grand slam off Lieber and the Reds rolled on to stomp the Cubs. Don't blame Lieber, or Lou or Zambrano. Ted Lilly had only lasted two innings.

The Cubs got their Marshall's worth on Sunday, as Sean turned in six solid innings on 103 pitches. After Marshall had wrapped up the bottom half of the 6th, his teammates were given a chance to score when Aaron Harang hit the first two batters to come up in the 7th.

Geovany Soto and Mark DeRosa made Harang pay for their bruises, as both came around to score. DeRosa was plated on a sacrifice fly by Mike Fontenot, who was hitting for Sean Marshall.

With Marshall in line for the win, Kerry Wood blew the save when Ronny Cedeno mishandled a potential game-ending double-play ball. Cedeno entered the game when Ryan Theriot departed ("under the weather"), and went 1-for-2 with an RBI. A walk-off single followed Cedeno's error, sending the Cubs off with a 2-1 series defeat in Cincinnati.

Mark DeRosa set yet another career high, with 8 HBP for the season. He's also posted career best totals in home runs, RBI, runs, sacrifice flies, walks, stolen bases and matched his career best in triples. He's just 12 short of his career mark for total bases, and 21 hits and 3 strikeouts.