The gametime temperature at Wrigley Field was 41 degrees, and it’s taken three innings for the Chicago Cubs’ bats to warm.
Fortunately for starter Jason Hammel, he finally got some run support as the Cubs rolled to a 9-2 win over Brandon McCarthy and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Luis Valbuena hit a double with one out in the third and scored on a single with two out by Nate Schierholtz.
Schierholtz added a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth that occurred after second baseman Martin Prado botched a grounder by Anthony Rizzo that led to four unearned runs.
Hammel was working on a shutout until Tuffy Gosewisch led off the sixth with his first major league home run.
Until the homer, Hammel hadn’t allowed a runner past first base.
McCarthy was pulled for a pinch hitter in the sixth after allowing seven hits in five innings.
This marked the first time the Cubs opposed McCarthy since May 22, 2005, when McCarthy made his major league debut for the Chicago White Sox.
In that start, McCarthy allowed only four hits in 5 1/3 innings, but Sox manager Ozzie Guillen intended before the game not to extend his rookie. But Jose Vizcaino relieved McCarthy and promptly allowed a game-winning home run to Jason Dubois.
After the game, a television reporter immediately asked Guillen why he pulled McCarthy quickly, and Guillen fired back with a few profanity-laced comments.
According to Elias research, Jamie Moyer went 15 years, 122 days between starts against the Cubs from April 22, 1991 to Aug. 22, 2006.