Houston 3, Chi. Cubs 2

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, September 18, 2011 2:20 PM
Location - Wrigley Field
Temperature - 60°
Umpires - Home Plate - Bill Welke, First Base - David Rackley, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Marty Foster,
Attendance - 36250

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Houston 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 1
Chi. Cubs 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Houston 52-100 28-46 24-54 W1
Chi. Cubs 67-86 37-41 30-45 L1

Recap


Brett Myers continued his late-season run of strong performances and got some help from a controversial call as the Houston Astros held off the host Chicago Cubs, 3-2, to avoid a three-game sweep Sunday.

Clint Barmes singled in a pair and J.D. Martinez drove in a run and scored for the Astros, who got all of their runs in the first inning.

Myers (6-13) cruised through the first seven before running into some trouble in the eighth. An error by right fielder Brian Bogusevic was followed by a walk and a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 3-2.

Carlos Pena fouled off three straight curveballs before getting a changeup just off the plate away and going with it, sending the ball deep to left-center. The ball hit off the top of the netting above the ivy and bounced back, initially ruled a two-run homer.

Replays overturned the call, making it a double and leading to the ejection of Chicago manager Mike Quade.

Mark Melancon came in for Myers and got the final out to preserve the lead and, after a 41-minute rain delay, struck out the side in the ninth for his 18th save.

Myers, who went nearly three months between wins, has won three in a row and has posted a 1.17 ERA over his last four starts.

Ryan Dempster (10-13) took the loss for the Cubs.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Houston   Chi. Cubs
Brett Myers Player Ryan Dempster
Win W/L Loss
7.2 IP 7.0
5 Strikeouts 2
7 Hits 7
1.17 ERA 3.86
Hitting
Houston   Chi. Cubs
Clint Barmes Player Marlon Byrd
2 Hits 2
2 RBI 0
0 HR 0
2 TB 2
.500 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Houston 8 0 9 .222 16 4 3 3 2 1
Chi. Cubs 7 0 9 .219 13 8 2 1 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Chi. Cubs will play their next game at home against Milwaukee. The Cubs have a W/L % of .388 after a win and .477 after a loss.
  • Houston will play their next game on the road against Cincinnati. The Astros have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .347 after a loss.
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