The final was 4-1. Jeff Samardzija, who gave up just one earned run in seven innings, got the loss. With an ERA of 1.29, he has an 0-2 record.
The last Cub to cross the plate before Castro was Junior Lake, who scored on a single in the ninth inning Sunday of a 6-4 loss in Saint Louis. After a day off Monday and a rainout Tuesday, the club was blanked Wednesday in both games of a doubleheader in Yankee Stadium. Another off day followed. The north-siders had put up zeros for 24 innings before Castro scored.
No word on whether the ball, Valbuena's bat, or Castro's shoes were taken out of play after the run.