Cubs again stymied by a Cy Young winner

PHILADELPHIA – Right-hander Matt Garza gutted his way through 113 pitches in six innings, keeping the Cubs in a game they eventually lost 7-1 against Phillies’ lefty Cliff Lee on Saturday. It was the second time in as many days the North Siders were stymied by a former Cy Young winner.

Garza, making his second start since coming off the disabled list with a right elbow contusion, allowed just two runs – one of which was unearned due to Darwin Barney’s first inning error.

“I threw way too many pitches in six innings,” Garza said. “Going against a guy like Cliff Lee you can’t go six and expect to beat the guy. You have to go toe to toe with him and hopefully you last longer than he does.”

Manager Mike Quade has seen quite enough of the Phillies’ former Cy Young winners. Lee and Roy Halladay held the Cubs to just one run the past two days.

“They’re good,” Quade said. “You have to come with your A-game if you’re going to beat them. We hung around and scrapped but we just couldn’t get through the seventh inning.”

Sean Marshall looked human for the first time in weeks. As Quade referenced, Marshall gave up two runs in the seventh, giving the Phillies some separation in what had been a 2-1 game. Those two runs were the first Marshall had given up on the road since September 2010. With Shane Victorino on second base, Marshall lost the battle with Ryan Howard who singled home Philadelphia’s third run of the game in the seventh.

“He threw two fantastic curve balls to get ahead of Howard,” Quade said. “Then he went with a fastball and then came back to [the curve]. But he couldn’t make the same quality pitch.”

The road doesn’t get any easier for the Cubs on Sunday when lefty Doug Davis and his teammate try to beat another familiar nemesis – Phillies’ right-hander Roy Oswalt.

Injury update: The Cubs expect to get both Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker on Monday. Both players continued rehabbing at Triple-A on Saturday. They will use Sunday as a travel day and join the team in Chicago on Monday.