Pelfrey works eight strong to beat Cubs
Pelfrey pitched eight efficient innings and
“My last couple starts have been embarrassing,” Pelfrey said. “I know I need to be a lot better and I’m going to be a lot better.”
Following his previous start, the 25-year-old Pelfrey had a long chat with manager Jerry Manuel that the pitcher described as “all positive.”
“He told me he expected more out of me and I told him the same thing. I said, ‘Hey, your expectations aren’t higher than mine,”‘ Pelfrey said. “I can finish this thing on a positive note.”
Pelfrey (10-10) allowed five hits in his longest outing this year and Murphy finished a double shy of the cycle. The
It was the first time New York won a series since taking three of four games against Colorado from July 27-30. The injury-depleted
Manuel and a trainer came out to check on Rodriguez after
Rodriguez said his left leg simply cramped up.
“I probably didn’t get enough water,” he said.
Soto had a pair of run-scoring doubles for the
“There’s no sense in talking about it,”
Chicago starters have a 0.70 ERA in the last six games, but the team is only 3-3 during that stretch.
A 13-game winner last season, Pelfrey entered 1-4 with a 6.09 ERA in his past six starts. But he was rarely in trouble Sunday. He struck out five, walked one and threw 70 of his 105 pitches for strikes.
“He was tremendous. He was rolling. He was throwing every single pitch for strikes,” Rodriguez said. “He was the
After Soto’s RBI double with nobody out in the fifth, the big right-hander retired his next three batters to limit the damage.
“From here on out I think we’ll see pretty good efforts from Mike,” Manuel said.
Murphy hit a solo homer into the second deck in right field in the fourth. A two-out error by third baseman
“You’ve got to pitch around the error. That’s what good pitchers do and I didn’t,” Wells said.
With two on and two outs in the seventh, Murphy hit a long drive to center against
“That’s as good a play as I’ve ever seen made at the major league level,” Piniella said.