7/3 Cubs 3, A’s 1

If Wednesday was Matt Garza’s last start for the Cubs, he left a good impression. Garza held the Athletics to four hits over eight innings, Luis Valbuena belted a solo home run, Brian Bogusevic added a RBI double and Alfonso Soriano hit a RBI single to lead the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Athletics and end Bartolo Colon’s eight-game win streak.

There were plenty of scouts among the sellout crowd of 35,067 at O.co Coliseum to watch Garza, whose name has been mentioned in trade rumors since Spring Training. For Garza, it was business as usual. He now has given up three earned runs over his last 30 innings, and won his third straight start.

Starlin Castro was safe on an infield single with one out in the first, moved up on a wild pitch by Colon, his first since May 2009, and scored one out later on Soriano’s single.

Valbuena made it 2-0 with a solo home run with one out in the third that right fielder Josh Reddick just missed. Reddick slammed his glove against the wall in disgust. For Valbuena, it was his second home run in three career at-bats against Colon. Valbuena’s first big league home run came June 7, 2009, off the right-hander when he was with the White Sox.

Dioner Navarro and Bogusevic hit back to back doubles in the eighth.

Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth, and picked up his 14th save in 15 opportunities.

— Carrie Muskat


Reddick did get his glove on that Valbuena long ball. You can make the case that he should have caught it. How about those Pirates! You would prefer them winning the division before the Cards, would you not? Doing so with one of lowest payrolls in the game would be impressive. Would need to avoid a second half meltdown as occurred last season.

Yes, mamma, I reckon one can make case for Clint doing for his NL club what Buck has for his AL club, namely seeing each improve by leaps and bounds once each skipper came aboard. I recall Jack Cust and also remember when Hurdle first came to majors; was advertised as the next phenom. It was unfair, as expectations were set too high for the young man to meet back in the day. Speaking of Pirates, they play us next in a series.

Some did predict Hurdle could be next Mantle? I forgot that, but is coming back to me, mamma. Need to reach deep into recesses of the memory bank. It was Kansas City which first brought Clint to majors, if I recollect correctly.

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