The game was tied at three going into the ninth inning. The Arizona Diamondbacks had clawed back with two runs in the sixth off Matt Garza and it felt like a game the D-backs were going to win. But in the ninth inning closer J.J. Putz had his first bad game of the season and gave up two runs to the Chicago Cubs to earn the loss.
The good Ian Kennedy showed up -- 7.2 IP, 6 H, 6 SO, 3 ER -- but the boys with the bats couldn't back him up and Putz is kicking himself right now for the runs he allowed.
The Cubs now lead the series 2-1 after getting pounded in the first game. The final game game of the series comes Sunday at 1:10 p.m.
Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 3 - JJ Putz Sadness In The Weekend - AZ Snake Pit
Record: 11-15. Pace: 69-93. Change on last year: -1 With the four-game series tied at 1, a win today could put us in position to win a 4-game series, which is always a good thing. On the other hand, a loss today would not make this series a loss because of the extra game.
Oh, the wonderful world of four-game series! IPK is on the mound today, and we are well aware of the great performance he dialed up last time out. It would be unrealistic to expect a repeat, but I think this year's offense could conceivably take a quality start and turn it into a victory. Were the guys successful? Did Ian pitch a no-hitter? Did Alfonso Soriano spontaneously combust? Read on to find out!