The Chicago Cubs defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 9-5 in the 2010 Cubs home opener at Wrigley Field on Monday afternoon. After a few missed scoring opportunities in the early innings against Brewers starter Doug Davis, the Cubs broke the game open with a 5-run 3rd inning and a 3-run 4th inning. Xavier Nady got the party started with a 3-run shot to deep left field that gave the Cubs an early 3-0 lead. Two batters later, Jeff Baker crushed another ball out onto Waveland Avenue for a 2-run shot that increased the Cubs lead to 5 runs. Derek Lee added an RBI single in the 4th inning and then Aramis Ramirez increased the Cubs lead to 8-1 with a home run to left center field that brought home Lee.
Ryan Denmpster – in his 1st ever home opening start at Wrigley – wasn’t perfect, but he didn’t need to be as the Cubs offense finally got things going for their starting pitcher. Dempster worked 6 1/3 innings, giving up 5 ER on 7 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 5 and picked up his 1st win of the season — “It’s easy when your team goes out there and scores that many runs I made it a little bit harder than it had to be. It was more so fastball command. I wasn’t able to get ahead of too many guys.”
Marlon Byrd had 3 hits in his Wrigley Field debut, while Lee, Nady and Alfonso Soriano each had 2 hits in the win.
Randy Wells looks to keep the Cubs perfect at home in Wednesday’s start against the Brewers. He will face Dave Bush in the 1:20 start that could see game time temperatures in the high 70’s!