Matt Garza executed his plan to near perfection. Garza pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings and struck out 10 Sunday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1.
Along with the December snow that is soon to come, the sport of baseball’s hot stove season is set to kick into high gear.
A simple infield popup in the first inning turned into a misadventure for Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro and second baseman Darwin Barney. And it only got worse from there for Chicago.
Michael Martinez hit a tiebreaking two-run double with two out in the ninth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Tuesday night.