Defeat won't spoil Cubs first series victory

CHICAGO -- A victory in the final game of the series would have made Thursday’s flight to Philadelphia feel much shorter, but winning their first series was most important.

The Cubs will hold their head up high despite Wednesday’s defeat, knowing they beat the World Series champion in walk-off fashion each of the first two games of the just-completed three-game series.

Having lost each of their first five series, the Cubs feel as if they are finally moving forward.

“I think we’re happy with winning the series,” said Bryan LaHair, who hit his fourth home run in the fourth inning. “That’s our goal, to win a series. It’s our first series win of the year and we’ll be happy with that.”

It’s a young team, so baby steps are appropriate.

It still wasn’t easy as the Cubs had to rally in the late innings in each of the two victories over the Cardinals. But at least some clutch hitting showed itself this week.

“We still have to swing the bats a little better, score some runs and get bigger leads to be able to hold on,” said manager Dale Sveum, whose club fell to 6-13. “But it’s nice, especially two walk-off wins. It could have easily gone the other way but the guys battled and we came out on top in two of the three games.”