There's a soft place in our hearts for Ned Colletti, a former sportswriter and native Chicagoan who grew up a Cubs fan, and in the span of a little over two decades worked his way up from the bottom of the Cubs front office to become the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Hero: All-Star Marlon Byrd went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .312 and made a fine running catch of a Matt Kemp fly ball for the final out of the fifth to save two runs. He also was ejected by first-base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt after striking out against Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton in the ninth.
Hero: Can .200 be far off? Aramis Ramirez had two more hits - including a three-run homer in the ninth - to raise his average to .189.
Hero: Ryan Dempster (3-4) won for the first time since April 23 and ended a stretch in which he posted four losses and a no-decision. Dempster worked eight shutout innings. He allowed just three hits, walked one, struck out seven, and retired the final 13 batters he faced. Only four Dodgers reached base - two in the first inning and two more in the fourth.
Hero: Sean Marshall entered in the bottom of the seventh with the Cubs clinging to a one-run lead, the bases loaded, and two outs. He escaped a mess that was created by John Grabow and Bob Howry, retiring Josh Hamilton on a soft liner to second baseman Ryan Theriot. Marshall also worked a hitless eighth while striking out two and lowering his ERA to 1.93. Marshall is 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA and has allowed just two hits while striking out 12 in 10 innings this month.