How Sweep It Is !, Cubs Earn First Three-Game Sweep Sunday

Bullpen blows lead again, but Cubs win in extra's

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Garza, Cubs Take Series Finale

As much as Sunday was a day of first’s, first sweep and first three-game winning streak in 2011, it wasn’t for Matt Garza. The bullpen once again blew a lead for Matt Garza and he didn’t figure in on the decision. Luckily this time though, the Cubs (42-60) did battle back and win the game in 10 innings 5-4.

Houston (33-68) got off to a quick lead Sunday when Clint Barmes homered in the first inning to give the Astros a 1-0 lead. The Cubs would come back with three in the second to take a 3-1 lead. The Astros got one more in the fifth to trim the lead to 3-2. Garza would once again turn the game over to the bullpen to hopefully protect the lead. They didn’t. Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer to give the Astros the lead 4-3 in the eighth. The Cubs bounced back and tied things up in the bottom of the eighth and went on to win in extra innings on a single by Jeff Baker.

Matt Garza continued his awesome July on Sunday. Garza went seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits to go along with nine strikeouts. John Gabrow earned the win to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Rookie Jordan Lyles pitched well for Houston. Lyles went six innings and allowed three runs on nine hits. The Astros rookie is still looking for his first major league victory. David Carpenter was roughed up in the 10th inning and took the loss dropping his record to 0-1 on the season.

The Cubs will look to extend their winning streak when they start a series in Milwaukee on Tuesday evening.

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Cubs Look For Sweep Sunday Against Astros

The Cubs will be looking for many firsts on Sunday. A victory would give them their first three-game winning streak of the season, their first series sweep on the season, and it would be their first three-game series sweep at Wrigley in two years. Things look good for this all to happen. They are sending their hottest pitcher to the mound and are facing the worst team in baseball.

Matt Garza has been dominant for the Cubs lately with nothing to show for it. In his last four starts, Garza is 0-1 with an ERA of 2.88. The loss in that stretch was a 1-0 loss to the White Sox. Not only has the offense let Garza down from a run support stand point, but the bullpen has been ever worse. In his last two starts Garza has left the game with the lead and the bullpen has blown both leads allowing 10 combined runs in those two games.

Sunday Matt Garza will look to continue his hot month of July. On the season Garza is 4-7 with a respectable ERA of 3.80. In his career against Houston, Garza is 0-2 with an ERA of 3.21. In those two starts, Garza has received a total of two runs of support.

The Astros will counter with Rookie Jordan Lyles. Lyles is still looking for his first career victory (0-5) and so far this season has an ERA of 4.55. This will be the right-handers second career start against the Cubs. Lyles made his major league debut against the Cubs and pitched well allowing just two runs in seven innings of work.

The forecast at the time of first pitch in Chicago is temps in the 80's with a chance of storms. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 CST. The game will be televised on WGN.

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