Cubs Dedicate Statue Of Billy Williams Tuesday, Then Lose To Astros

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Carlos Silva Shaky In Cubs Return; Astros Beat Cubs 7-3

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Michael Bourn finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and fell a home run shy of the cycle as Houston downed Chicago, 7-3, in the middle test of a three-game set from Wrigley Field.

Jeff Keppinger had a pair of hits and drove in two for the Astros, who have won six of their last eight. Brett Wallace added his first major-league homer for the victors.

Nelson Figueroa (5-2) turned in five solid frames, allowing six hits and three runs while fanning five and walking three.

Tyler Colvin was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Marlon Byrd knocked in the other run for the Cubs, who had won four of five coming in.

Pitching for the first time since August 1 due to a heart issue, Carlos Silva (10-6) was charged in defeat for nine hits and six runs over five innings.


Cubs Recall Five From Iowa

Via tweet from the Tribune’s Paul Sullivan:

Fuld, Scales, Snyder. Berg and Samardzija among call-ups.

More details from Chicago Breaking Sports:

Samardzija is expected to join the rotation, though no date has been set.

Outfielders Sam Fuld and Brad Snyder, infielder Bobby Scales and reliever Justin Berg have also been called up.

It's a very windy day at Wrigley, with a gale force blowing straight out to right.

Carlos Marmol was just seen climbing into the shrubbery in centerfield to fetch a wayward frisbee thrown by one of the other Cubs' relievers. Today is also the day the Cubs will honor Hall of Famer Billy Williams with a new statue in the right field corner where the Harry Caray statue once resided.

Cubs Dedicate Statue Of Billy Williams Tonight; Carlos Silva Returns From DL

(Sports Network) - Cubs starter Carlos Silva displayed a lot of heart in beginning the season 8-0 over his first 11 starts. In an odd twist, that's exactly what has kept Silva off the mound since August 1.

Silva is scheduled to take the mound Tuesday against the NL Central-rival Houston Astros at Wrigley Field, and underwent a cardiac ablation to correct an abnormal heart rate. In his last start August 1 at Colorado, Silva left the game after just one-third of an inning and allowed two runs on two hits and a walk. Following surgery and a stint on the disabled list, Silva made a pair of rehab assignments for Class A Peoria.

The right-hander was then evaluated by manager Mike Quade and pitching coach Larry Rothschild and will try to get back to his winning ways tonight. Silva is only 2-5 with a 5.58 earned run average in his last nine starts, with the Cubs going 2-7 during that span. He won his last start on July 26 in a 5-2 triumph at Houston, as he pitched five innings of one-run ball. In nine career meetings (4 starts) with the Astros, Silva is 3-1 with a 4.63 ERA.

Silva, who is 10-5 in 20 overall starts this season, is holding opposing hitters to a .266 batting average.

Chicago has a chance for its first series win over Houston after taking Monday's series opener by a 5-4 score thanks to home runs by Marlon Byrd and Geovany Soto. The Astros put up four runs in the second inning, but Blake DeWitt's RBI single and Byrd's two-run homer in the third pulled the Cubs within a run. Jeff Baker stroked an RBI double in the fifth to even the score and Soto put the Cubs ahead for good with a solo homer in the eighth.

Cubs starter Casey Coleman allowed four runs, eight hits and five walks in six innings, while Andrew Cashner earned the win for a scoreless eighth. Carlos Marmol notched his 28th save with a perfect ninth.

"We want to leave on a good note," Soto said of ending the season in positive fashion. "All these young guys, they have something to prove. They want to open some eyes. They want to get looked at. We want to play hard."

The Cubs have won four of their last five games.

Houston entered Monday's game winners of two straight and 11 of 14 games, but a poorly placed pitch from Wilton Lopez ruined the party. Lopez allowed Soto's go-ahead home run in the eighth to absorb the loss for the Astros, who got a homer from Chris Johnson and an RBI apiece out of Jeff Keppinger and Hunter Pence.

"You just have to try to continue to scrap against them," Astros center fielder Michael Bourn said. "We had some opportunities we didn't take advantage of."

Wandy Rodriguez started for the 'Stros and permitted four runs on eight hits and a walk with six K's in the no-decision.

Taking the ball for Houston this evening will be Nelson Figueroa, who is 2-1 with a 2.36 ERA in 12 games (4 starts) this season. Figueroa previously took the hill last Wednesday in a 5-2 win over St. Louis, as he held the Cardinals to two runs and six hits in five innings.

Figueroa, a right-hander, is 1-5 in 12 lifetime games (six starts) in this series and threw two innings of relief against the Cubs in a 5-2 loss back on July 26 this season. He did not record a decision that day.

Houston has got the better of the Cubs for much of this season, having taken eight of 13 meetings between the clubs in 2010. The Astros have won four of the seven matchups held at Wrigley Field as well.

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