Friday’s series opener between the Cubs and Yankees had all the makings of a playoff series. The stands were packed and their was an energy in the crowd that hasn’t been there all season. In what turned out to be the largest crowd at Wrigley Field this season, the fans of the Cubs (29-40) had a lot to cheer about.
Doug Davis (1-5) picked a great day to have his best outing in a Cubs uniform. Davis went seven and a third allowing one run on just three hits. Carlos Marmol finished the game earning his 14th save of the season.
The Cubs jumped out to an early lead against Freddy Garcia and the Yankees (39-29). RBI hits by Starlin Castro and Aramis Ramirez gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead after the first inning and that turned out to be all they would need.
Garcia (5-6) did rebound from the slow start to go seven innings allowing three runs on just six hits, but Doug Davis was too much as the Yankees could only score one run on just five hits.
The Cubs will go for the series win on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field.