The 13 Best Moments Of The Cubs' 2013 Season

Brian Kersey

A companion piece to Thursday's "worst of 2013" article. Trust me, this one was much harder to do.

We shouldn't let 2013 end without looking at least at some of the good that came out of it. As noted above, it wasn't nearly as easy to find these moments, while the "13 worst" flowed easily. And, because the 2013 Cubs season was so awful, not all of these "best moments" are baseball games.

Again, they are listed in chronological order.

April 1: Cubs 3, Pirates 1 at Pittsburgh

Jeff Samardzija throws eight innings of two-hit ball and even Carlos Marmol couldn't blow a Cubs lead on this day. In first place and undefeated, at least for one day.

April 23: Cubs 4, Reds 2 at Cincinnati

The day after they blew a two-run lead in the 13th inning, the Cubs again take a two-run lead in extras, this time in the 10th. Just nine days after being signed, and four days after his recall from Iowa, Kevin Gregg posts his first save of 2013.

May 1: Cubs 6, Padres 2 at Wrigley Field

Scott Feldman throws a complete game and strikes out a career-high 12 Padres, and also doubles in one of the Cubs' six runs.

May 26: Cubs 5, Reds 4 at Cincinnati

The Cubs overcome a 4-0 deficit, scoring one in the seventh and three in the eighth (two on an Alfonso Soriano home run) before winning in 10 innings.

May 27: Cubs 7, White Sox 0 at the Cell

Shark throws the first complete-game shutout of his career, allowing the White Sox just two hits. Julio Borbon homers, his only one as a Cub.

May 29: Cubs 9, White Sox 3 at Wrigley Field

Dioner Navarro has a career day, with three home runs and six RBI, and the Cubs crush the White Sox in the first of a two-game crosstown set at Wrigley.

May 30: Cubs 8, White Sox 3 at Wrigley Field

Travis Wood hits a grand slam off Jake Peavy, the first slam for a Cubs pitcher since Jason Marquis hit one in 2008, and throws six solid innings as the Cubs clinch their first-ever Crosstown Cup with their third straight win over their South Side rivals.

June 5: Cubs 8, Angels 6 at Anaheim

Anthony Rizzo's bases-clearing double in the top of the 10th gives the Cubs a win in the second game of an interleague series.

June 13: Cubs 6, Reds 5 at Wrigley Field

The Cubs erase a 5-3 deficit, tying the game in the eighth inning, and Julio Borbon drives in the winning run with a 14th-inning single in the longest Wrigley Field game of 2013.

July 2: Cubs trade Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger to the Orioles

This trade brings back Pedro Strop and Jake Arrieta, two good, relatively young, major-league arms who should be a big part of the club in 2014.

July 22: Cubs trade Matt Garza to the Rangers

The return: C.J. Edwards, Mike Olt, Justin Grimm and a PTBNL (later named as Neil Ramirez), again, players who could play a major role for the Cubs in 2014 and beyond.

July 25: Cubs trade Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees

The Cubs get some salary relief and pitcher Corey Black in return.

July 28: Cubs 2, Giants 1 at San Francisco

Travis Wood homers again, his third (the most for a Cubs pitcher since Carlos Zambrano hit four in 2009) and the Cubs sweep the Giants in San Francisco for the first time since 1993, with all three wins being one-run affairs.

After the sweep in San Francisco the Cubs went 18-41 the rest of the way, so there really aren't any "best" moments from August and September 2013. Hopefully, the three trades listed above will help provide better moments in the future. Vote for your favorite of these 13 in the poll.

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