Carlos Zambrano was able to tip toe around a couple jams before giving up two runs to the Royals in the bottom of the fifth. By the end of the night he had given up eight hits and three walks in seven innings of work. The Cubs veteran starting pitcher kept his team in the game and put in a good nights work.
The Cubs offense however was not able to back Zambrano with much until the sixth. They had a chance to threaten for a big inning in the third after a trio of singles in a row, but Reed Johnson was thrown out at home for the second out and the Cubs ended up coming out of the frame empty handed.
Just like Friday night though, the Cubs offense found a way to tie the game eventually. On Saturday night it was thanks to back to back jacks from Aramis Ramirez and Geo Soto in the sixth. It was the sixth of the year for both players, who are having down years in the homer department in 2011.
But the Cubs as a team could not repeat the come back win performance in the first game of this series. Jeff Samardzija issued a walk as soon as he came in relief with one out in the eighth and that walk came back to haunt him and the Cubs as it ended up being the winning run thanks to a Chris Getz single, the same player that gifted the Cubs the go ahead run Friday night thanks to his error.
The Cubs have been playing better ball of late considering the close score lines over the last few days. But as we enter the final days of June, its is becoming more of a reality that 2011 will end much like 2010, no matter what Jim Hendry thinks publically.