CINCINNATI -- Despite Kevin Gregg's first save as a Chicago Cub in Tuesday night's 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds, manager Dale Sveum isn't changing his stance on the end of games: closer by match-up is still his strategy.
“One thing that helps is putting people in matchups or situations where they can succeed in a better fashion,” Sveum said Wednesday morning.
That's the reason he had Carlos Marmol enter the game in the ninth inning to face Joey Votto with the Cubs leading 2-1. Votto was 1-15 with nine strikeouts against Marmol. Votto singled home the tying run but the Cubs won the game in ten innings.
Sveum has stated previously when Kyuji Fujikawa returns from the disabled list he would resume his closing duties.
Rain fell throughout the morning on Wednesday potentially delaying the rubber game matinee between the Cubs and Reds. Alfonso Soriano will get his first day off after stealing two bases and scoring a run on Tuesday night while Julio Borbon gets his first start as a Cub. Here's the lineup:
Davis DeJesus, CF
Julio Borbon, LF
Starlin Castro, SS
Anthony Rizzo, 1b
Nate Schierholtz, RF
Luis Valbuena, 2b
Cody Ransom, 3b
Sixteen of the first 19 games played by the Cubs have been decided by three runs or less for the first time since 1991. All nineteen (6-13) have been decided by four runs or less.