POTG: 3B Mark DeRosa (3 H, 2 RBI)
Runner Up: 1B D Lee (2 H, 2 R, RBI), CF Felix Pie (2 BB, R, H)
The vs Braves stats were horrible for Jason Marquis, but this was a Brand New Jason Marquis. He might have been destroyed by Andruw Jones in the past, but the Cubs rebuilt Jason Marquis into a superior pitching machine, and that was a thing of the past, the Cubs announcers made sure we knew.
And then he was killed by Jones and the Braves and this one seemed pretty much over early enough that they handed over the 5th inning for an extended Pat Hughes CD plug. So not quite.
This was a disappointing loss, from blowing the 4 run first inning in the first inning, to the Cubs making it close again at 6-5, only for Gallagher to put it back out of reach. The game was pretty much over from there, with the Cubs getting nothing of their chances and not making many more.
You don’t warn anyone both sides have thrown a pitch. Hudson got away with one here, which came back to help the Braves the next day.
Cubs were bound to get a bad bullpen performance. It just happened to be this day.