Cubs Struggle To Maitain Dominance Behind Marshall

Katelyn GrabarekSenior Analyst ISeptember 24, 2008

For the first time since clinching the division the Cubs lost a game. 

In a matchup of lefthanders the Cubs fell short to Johan Santana and the Mets despite Kosuke Fukudome who had two hits and an RBI in the 6-2 loss.

Cubs starter Sean Marshall pitched well and earned himself a spot on the Cubs NLDS roster. 

Marshall pitched a solid five innings striking out seven and only giving up two earned runs.

With Marshall in the bullpen for the first round of the playoffs, Chad Gaudin may not make the roster.

Gaudin has been out of play recently because of lower back problems and has been ineffective in the work he has gotten lately.

In 24.2 innings of work with the Cubs this season Gaudin has allowed 25 hits, and has a 5.84 ERA.

With his lack of work recently Lou Piniella may opt to leave him off the roster and reevalute him at the end of the NLDS figuring the Cubs advance.

The Cubs will try to bounce back from their loss on Tuesday when ace Carlos Zambrano tries to rebound after a disappointing start his last time out.