The best team in baseball kept rolling on Monday night, as the Cubs outlasted the Padres 7-6. Carlos Zambrano pitched five innings of shutout baseball after giving up three runs in the first. Zambrano looked frustrated through the first two innings, jumping around after walking a batter, and catching one of his catcher’s throwbacks with his bare hands. He calmed down, however, and the Cubs bats finally came alive in the 4th.
Zambrano himself hit a RBI triple, as he went 3 for 3 and is now batting .366 on the season. The Padres nearly came back in the ninth, as Adrian Gonzalez hit a three run homer off of Carlos Marmol, but Kerry Wood came in and got the last two outs to make his 15th save of the year. The last out of the game was a deep fly ball that Michael Barrett hit all the way to the warning track in left field. The Cubs are now on a 8 game winning streak, but Monday’s game was the start of a long stretch on the road, where Chicago has not been as sharp as they have been at Wrigley. Four of the Cubs’ next five series are on the road, with their only appearances at Wrigley over the next 2 1/2 weeks coming against the Atlanta Braves.