Saturday may have been Matt Garza‘s swan song at Wrigley Field.
Garza has been the subject of many trade rumors and the speculation has suggested that the Cubs’ may attempt to trade the starting pitcher before his first start after the all-star break.
Prior to the Cubs’ game on Saturday night against the St Louis Cardinals, the team made a roster move.
The Cubs claimed outfielder Cole Gillespie off waivers from the San Francisco Giants. Gillespie is a career .218/.277/.361/.638 hitter.
Gillespie, who will be added to the Cubs’ roster on Sunday, was not available to the team on Saturday in their game against the Cardinals.
Garza had yet another quality start for the Cubs’ on Saturday night. Garza labored through 6.2 innings while allowing 2 runs on 10 hits while striking out 4 batters.
Garza received a standing ovation when Cubs’ manager Dale Sveum pulled the pitcher from the game in the seventh inning.
Scouts from the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, and Boston Red Sox were in attendance on Saturday and those three teams all are believed to have interest in the Cubs’ starting pitcher.
The Cubs’ offense provided Garza with plenty of support on Saturday.
The Cubs scored three runs in the second inning when a fielding error by right fielder Carlos Beltran created momentum for the team.
In the third inning, Alfonso Soriano continued his hot streak by hitting his 16th home run of the season to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead at the time.
Luis Valbuena followed in the fourth inning with a home run of his own to give the Cubs a 6-1 lead at the time.
After the Cardinals scored a run in the seventh and eighth, Kevin Gregg closed out the victory for the Cubs with in the ninth inning despite walking two batters and giving up an RBI single to Jon Jay.