WOW — Alfonso Soriano had an unbelievable weekend for the Cubs, propeling the North Siders to 2 big wins over the DBacks at Wrigley Field. In Saturday afternoon’s 7-5 win, Soriano’s 2-run bomb to deep left center field tied the game at 5 in the bottom of the 7th inning. An inning later, Derrek Lee’s 2-run single with the bases loaded plated the winning runs. Sean Marshall worked 2 scoreless innings in relief of Carlos Silva to pick up his 1st win of the 2010 MLB schedule. Carlos Marmol – despite getting into a bases loaded jam – picked up the save by striking out the side in the top of the 9th inning to preserve the 7-5 win.
Today, Alfonso Soriano picked up right where he left off on Saturday. His 2-run home run in the 1st inning gave the Cubs a 4-0 early lead. He slugged another 2-run home run later in the game to increase the Cubs lead to 10-2. Marlon Byrd also hit a 2-run home run, and Chad Tracy and Ryan Theriot each had 3 hits to pace a powerful Cubs offense. Tom Gorzelanny finally got some run support in his start and he cruised to an easy win – his 1st of 2010. He worked 7 innings, giving up just 2 ER on 6 hits and 3 walks. He racked up 10 K’s and lowered his ERA to 2.48 and his WHIP to 1.10. Outstanding.
The Cubs got back to .500 on the season with a 13-13 record. They still trail the Cards by 4.5 games in the NL Central, but the Cards have played flawless ball throughout the entire month of April. It hasn’t been all pretty for the Cubs, but they survived a few rough patches and seem to be clicking before their upcoming road trip to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati starting on Tuesday.