Anytime that you have more errors than you do runs, chances are you probably won't win the game. That is exactly what happened to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday as the Braves won the game and the series in front of 36,136 fans at the Friendly Confines.
The Braves got off to a fast start against Matt Garza and the Cubs Thursday thanks to a three-run homerun from catcher Brian McCann in the first inning. The Cubs would add one of their own on an RBI groundout from Darwin Barney to make the score 3-1. In the bottom of the second the Cubs would tie the game thanks to a solo homer from Marlon Byrd and an RBI groundout by Geovany Soto. That would be it though for the Cubs bats as Atlanta would add five more runs, including another McCann homerun, to take the series finale 8-3.
Matt Garza did not pitch well for the Cubs in the series finale. Garza went five innings and allowed six runs, three earned, on eight hits. The Cubs righty fell to 6-10 on the season.
Brandon Beachy settled down after a shaky start to give the Braves a quality outing. Beachy went six innings and allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits to go along with eight strikeouts. The Braves youngster improved to 7-2 on the season.
The Cubs will now begin a series in Milwaukee against the first-place Brewers. First game of the series will be Friday night at Miller Park.