Hero: Reed Johnson, who got a rare start in right field, went 3-for-5 with a triple, drove in four, and made a spectacular catch in the second inning, slamming into the right-field wall to rob former Cub Mike Fontenot of extra bases.
For the first time in my life, I felt sorry for the New York Yankees when they fell to the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series.
Hero: Tyler Colvin went 2-for-5 and hit a solo homer in the seventh inning that tied the game at 4.
Hero: Sean Marshall allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out a pair in two shutout innings of relief.
Hero: James Russell allowed one hit struck out three, and walked none in two shutout innings of relief.
Hero: Carlos Silva (10-4) rebounded after back-to-back horrible outings to reach double figures in wins for the first time since 2007 when he earned 13 victories for the Minnesota Twins. Silva allowed one (earned) run on five hits in five innings while walking one and striking out four.
"It's been a good week in my book. It really has," writes Cub Factor correspondent Marty Gangler.
Marty Gangler recaps the week in Cub Nation and previews the week to come.
Hero: WGN-TV production chief Bob Vorwald should be proud of Friday's Cubs telecast which included stunning overhead shots of Wrigley Field and the surrounding area on a gorgeous, sunny day. It looked absolutely fabulous in HD. The Cubs' disgraceful effort did not do the telecast justice.
Hero: A two-run single by Tyler Colvin in the eighth inning tied the game and provided the Cubs with their only runs over their last 21 innings. Colvin, who went 1-for-5 and rolled into a game-ending double play, has just seven hits in his last 41 at-bats (.171).
The Cub Factor is a weekly round-up produced by the Beachwood Reporter's Marty Gangler every Monday and supplied to sister site Agony & Ivy as a service to A&I Cub Nation.
This week we propose the following psychological screening test for prospective Cubs:
After the tremendous pounding that the Cubs took after Saturday's game - when they lost 12-0 - good ol' Uncle Lou said "we've tried everything" No they haven't. We here at the Cub Factor have a few additional suggestions for Lou:
Aramis Ramirez was not in the Cubs' starting lineup for the second straight game Tuesday and the Tribune's Paul Sullivan speculates that Ramirez will soon be placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an injured left thumb.
Hero: Marlon Byrd continues to provide a ray of sunshine in an otherwise dismal season. Byrd, now hitting .313, went 2-for-4 with a double and scored a pair of runs. It was the third straight multi-hit game for the 32-year-old center fielder, who has 21 multi-hit games in 50 starts.
Starting pitching isn't the only thing for which Lou Piniella is using a rotation. Kosuke Fukudome will bat leadoff Sunday against Houston right-hander Brett Myers (3-3, 3.04 ERA) - the third different leadoff hitter in as many games for the Cubs.
Hero: Andrew Cashner, the Cubs' first-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, made a successful major league debut in the eighth inning. The 23-year-old right-hander, who entered with two outs, threw just one pitch and retired Ronny Cedeno on a popout to shortstop Starlin Castro.