- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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The good: Third baseman Aramis Ramirez continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-4. Ramirez is 7-for-11 in his last three games.
The bad: The Cubs failed to score for pitcher Matt Garza and have been shut out in Garza’s last two starts. The previously hot Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney and Marlon Byrd went 0-for-11 in the 1-2-3 spots.
Beyond the box score: Pitchers Jeff Samardzija and James Russell each threw a shutout inning in relief of Garza. Samardzija and Russell could pitch in tandem on Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres when the Cubs need a fifth starter to fill Andrew Cashner’s vacant spot.