What a strange weekend it was in Atlanta for the Chicago Cubs. On Friday they were blown away by the Braves and then you had the whole Carlos Zambrano fiasco. Give the Cubs credit though they didn't let Friday's distraction bring them down and took the final two games of the series against Atlanta.
The Braves jumped out to a quick lead Sunday. By the fourth inning the Braves were already up 4-0 thanks to some clutch hitting and sloppy Cubs defense. The Cubs began to make their move in the sixth scoring four times to tie the game at four. More bad defense by the Cubs gave Atlanta the lead back in the bottom of the sixth. Carlos Pena would give the Cubs the lead for good in the seventh on a two-run bomb, as the Cubs would win the series finale 6-5.
The main story Sunday was Braves second basemen Dan Uggla who had his hitting streak snapped at 33 games.
Matt Garza actually pitched ok for the Cubs Sunday in sultry Atlanta, but had no help from his defense. Garza went five innings and allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits. The Cubs bullpen pitched well which kept them in the game. John Grabow earned the victory to improve to 3-0 on the season. Carlos Marmol pitched the ninth to earn save number 28.
Brandon Beachy pitched well for Atlanta but his bullpen didn't. Beachy went five and a third and allowed two runs on six hits. The Braves youngster also struck out eight and didn't figure in on the decision. Eric O'Flaherty took the loss for the Braves dropping his record to 1-4.
The Cubs now head to Houston to open a three game series with the last-place Astros.