3/23 Cubs 7, Angels 6

Scott Hairston hit a tie-breaking solo home run to highlight a four-run seventh inning but the Cubs had to rally in the eighth as pinch-runner Shawon Dunston Jr. scored the game-winner on a wild pitch to post a 7-6 victory Saturday over the Angels.

With the game tied at 6 in the Chicago eighth, Steve Clevenger doubled to lead off and was lifted for Dunston, son of former Cubs shortstop Shawon Dunston Jr., now a coach in the Giants’ Minor League organization. One out later, Dunston scampered home on a wild pitch by the Angels’ Ernesto Frieri.

The Cubs trailed 5-2 going into the seventh. Brent Lillibridge tripled to open the inning and chase Joe Blanton. Nick Maronde then walked pinch-hitter Dave Sappelt, and David DeJesus hit a RBI double. Alberto Gonzalez, battling for a spot on the bench, delivered a two-run double but was thrown out at third trying to extend his hit. One out later, Hairston connected on his home run.

Carlos Marmol picked up the win despite blowing the lead in the eighth when he walked two and hit another batter. The Angels tied the game when a run scored on a passed ball by Clevenger.

Edwin Jackson started for the Cubs, and gave up five runs on eight hits over five innings.

“They came out swinging,” Jackson said of the Angels. “I left a couple balls out over the middle of the plate and they did a good job hitting the ball. I challenged hitters, and they got their hits.”

He also collected two hits, including a RBI single in the fifth. Jackson will start the Cubs’ final game at HoHoKam Stadium on Thursday, and then be slotted after Jeff Samardzija for the second regular season game, April 3, against the Pirates. Is he ready?

“Health-wise, I feel pretty good,” Jackson said. “If the season started tomorrow, I’d be confident where I am and I feel I can go out and do what I need to do to help the team win.”

– Carrie Muskat

6 Comments

Good game. Exciting game. Nerve wracking game – I have decided that every time Marmol is put in to pitch I will leave the room for a bit – maybe get a snack, walk to the mailbox, cook some beets, peel some potatoes, play with my kitty. and when the damage is done I will come back to the game – pick up the pieces and pray for the win. Hope the batter he hit in the head is okay. They never did say. Anyway, I am liking our players this year – determined, feisty, go-get-em group. I think this will be a very good 2013 season. Eamus Catuli.

good game,this Hairston hustles.Lillibrige new face seems ready to help team too.

Yes, Hariston fielded a ball in the corner (might have been anohter game, lost track…) and PREVENTED what the announcers thought was a sure double, which it would have been if Soriano routinley played the ball and “kept the runner from a triple”. THESE are the plays Soriano does not make, NO ERROR but keeping runners out of scoring position as Hairston did is crucial, and Hairston takes the risk of letting the ball get by him but HE has CONFIDENCE in his TALENT, something we won’t see from Soriano….he’ll just keep fooling the easily fooled into believing he is an above average fielder because of his lack of errors. What he has is LACK OF PLAYS.

I am still hoping for an answer on why Hariston can’t be given a shot at 3B?

Dan, Hairston has never played 3B in the big leagues. That’s why.

I know, but he could be taking infield down there. I’m pretty sure his dad and brother played some 3B. He is genetically pre-dispositioned :) Please float my thoughts with Dale. I understand it may cost some games defensively. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a lead with some more offense and put Lillibridge at 3B later in the game?

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