Matt Garza ups trade stock with strong outing in Cubs’ 7-2 win
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org June 27, 2013 5:41PM
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza throws to Milwaukee Brewers' Juan Francisco during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Updated: June 27, 2013 7:14PM
MILWAUKEE – Matt Garza ramped up his trade value in front of a sizeable crowd of major league scouts Thursday, beating the Brewers 7-2 with seven powerful innings at Miller Park.
The Cubs had lost nine straight games at Miller Park before winning the last two days to take the first series in a long trip that continues with six West Coast games, starting Friday in Seattle.
Garza (3-1, 3.83) struck out 10 and allowed just one run in seven efficient innings – and he even added two singles in the Cubs’ nine-hit offensive attack.
The big hit of the game was catcher Dioner Navarro’s three-run homer with two out in the third after the Cubs took advantage of two errors to extend the inning.