Cubs 2, Braves 0

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hero: So far, no sophomore jinx. Cubs starter Randy Wells allowed no runs and six hits over six innings.
 
Goat: John Grabow entered with two outs in the eighth and walked Brian McCann on five pitches, forcing Cubs manager Lou Piniella to call upon closer Carlos Marmol to record four outs.
 
Key Play: Rookie Tyler Colvin, starting in left field in place of Alfonso Soriano, homered off Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson in the second inning to give Wells and four relievers all of the offense they would need.
  
Comment: Remember 1997, when the Cubs started 0-14 and were 10 games out by April 23? These are better days. And because St. Louis and Pittsburgh each lost, the North Siders gained a full game in the standings. Onward and upward.
 
Next Up: Carlos Silva will try to put his underachieving past behind him when he starts for the Cubs on Friday (6:10 p.m., WGN) in the opener of a three-game series in Cincinnati.

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