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Doug Davis pitches Cubs past Yankees in interleague opener

Jun 17, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

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Friday’s lone day game had an unexpected result, as Doug Davis finally earned his first win as a Cub by shutting down the Yankees in a 3-1 victory.

The series represents the Yankees’ second trip to Wrigley Field during interleague play and the first since 2003.  A season-high 42,219 attended the game.

Davis entered the day 0-5 with a 5.90 ERA since joining the Cubs last month.  He hadn’t pitched more than 6 1/3 innings in any of his six starts this season.

Against the Yankees, though, he brought his ‘A’ game, taking a shutout into the eighth.  He was only charged with a run after he left, when Mark Teixeira singled in Nick Swisher from second off reliever Sean Marshall.

Carlos Marmol took over after that and got four outs, three coming via the K, for his 14th save.

The Yankees managed just five hits, three of them off Davis.  Swisher’s double, which knocked Davis from the game, was the only one that went for extra bases.

With just one run allowed in 7 1/3 innings, Davis dropped his ERA almost a full run to 4.95.

Freddy Garcia gave up all three runs for the Yankees in falling to 5-6.  The first two came quick, as a Kosuke Fukudome walk, a Starlin Castro double and an Aramis Ramirez single gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead in the first.

Another Castro double and Ramirez single resulted in the third run in the third.

Castro, who just reached five times in the win over the Brewers on Thursday, now has eight doubles in his last nine games.  His average stands at .314.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 17, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    This is just awesome. Davis deserved this win, and what a job well done.

  2. fthrvic - Jun 17, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Yankees suck

  3. jimbo1949 - Jun 17, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Who let the doppelgangers on the plane? The same ones that played Monday.

  4. FC - Jun 17, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Sean Marshall seems to be on a roll lately. Another Left-Hander hitting off against him to drive a run. Granted that’s an inherited runner, but he seems to be losing focus since Philly.

    • FC - Jun 17, 2011 at 6:01 PM

      Actually that’s too little a sample for a trend… yet.

  5. FC - Jun 17, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    And he pitched good against Milwaukee.

  6. pisano - Jun 17, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    I can’t count the times a guy with a five + era and a supposed marginal pitcher have shut down the Yankees. I can’t believe this sh!t happens to them.

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