It has been a very good week for the Cubs in every place but the National League Central standings. It started out Monday with a season series sweep of the White Sox. The Chicago Landmarks Commission on Thursday gave its unanimous approval of the Cubs' proposal to install a giant video board and other signage at Wrigley Field. On Friday first-round draft pick Kris Bryant signed for a club record $6.7 million signing bonus, potentially giving the Cubs another impact bat in the system. And to top it off, a standing room only crowd of 42,240, the biggest of the year, crammed into Wrigley on a gorgeous Saturday night to watch the Cubs beat the archrival Cardinals 6-4 in the teams' 925th matchup at Clark and Addison. Many of them got what they paid to see as Alfonso Soriano and Luis Valbuena homered and Matt Garza earned his fifth straight victory. "It's a great place to play, a great place to pitch," Garza said. "The fans really embrace you when you do your job. When you don't, they embrace you, just not in a positive way. … I love it here, but it is what it is." So what exactly is it? Probably Garza's swan song at Wrigley after 2 1/2 zany years with the Cubs as he is their most tradable commodity as the July 31 deadline looms. Garza turned in another solid performance, allowing two runs while scattering 10 hits over 62/3 innings. He walked off the mound to a standing ovation in the seventh, but said he didn't pay attention because he was ticked off about not finishing the inning. Garza's final act was slapping his leg with his glove instead of tipping his cap.
Garza solid once again in 6-4 Cubs victory over Cards
Chicago Tribune | Jul 14