Hero: Darwin Barney went 3-for-4 (all singles), was hit by a pitch, and scored twice.
Hero: Ryan Dempster (1-4) had his second straight solid start, allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits while striking out four and walking none.
"I'm doing a better job of executing pitches," Dempster said. "I was able to keep the ball down, for the most part, today."
I remember fondly throughout my childhood the February day in which my father would bring home a stack of baseball preview magazines.
I would devour those things and have continued the practice into adulthood. All of that reading material has helped me get through those final few weeks without baseball, but I learned long ago that such publications should not be believed as gospel.
The snow has melted, the days are getting noticeably longer, and the Cubs are playing spring training games in Arizona.
The acquisition of pitcher Matt Garza by the Cubs, along with two minor leaguers, from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for five prospects - that include right-handed pitcher Chris Archer, outfielders Brandon Guyer and Sam Fuld, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, and catcher Robinson Chirinos - is a brilliant and gutsy move by general manager Jim Hendry.
Hero: Casey Coleman (3-2) allowed three runs - two earned - on five hits over seven innings while striking out four and walking two. Coleman, who did not allow a hit after the third, retired the last nine and 14 of the final 15 batters he faced.
Heroes: Relievers Justin Berg, Scott Maine, Marcos Mateo, and James Russell combined to allow two hits over 5 2/3 shutout innings.
Hero: Tyler Colvin became the fourth Cubs rookie to hit 20 or more home runs in a season. The other members of the exclusive club are Walt "Moose" Moryn with 23 in 1956, Billy Williams (25, 1961), and Geovany Soto (23, 2008).
Hero: Randy Wells (7-13) allowed one (earned) run and five hits over eight innings while striking out five and walking none to earn just his second win in his last 10 starts. Wells - a native of nearby Belleville, Ill. - was making his first career start at Busch Stadium. He also drove in a single-game career-high two runs with a pair of RBI singles. Wells entered the game with three RBI in 91 career at-bats.
Hero: Carlos Marmol, who had electric stuff, retired five batters and pitched out of a jam in the ninth inning to record his 20th save of the season and first since July 26.
Hero: Derrek Lee, who returned to the lineup and raised his average to .248, went 2-for-4 with a double and his 13th home run of the season.
Hero: Center fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and also was credited with an outfield assist in the sixth when he pegged the Cardinals' Skip Schumaker at the plate when he tried to score from second on a Chris Carpenter single.
Hero: Starlin Castro went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double to raise his average to .308. The 20-year-old rookie shortstop has hit safely in 21 of his last 24 games and is 34-for-94 (.362) over that span.