After a crummy start against the Rockies (and Jason Marquis - yuck!), Rich Harden struck out eight batters in three innings. Unfortunately, he also walked four batters and allowed five hits and four earned runs as he picked up his first loss at Wrigley Field.
Harden bounced back with a performance so good, not even Neal Cotts and Luis Vizcaino could ruin.
Harden's Line: 6 IP 3 H 2 R 2 ER 8 K 2 BB
That's a heck of a line for someone who was slotted as the team's No. 4 starter. If Lou Piniella and Larry Rothschild can find a way to limit his pitches, without allowing the bullpen blow his games late, it could be beneficial to the Cubs down the stretch -- when they need him the most.
Of course, a 7-run outburst definitely helps.