Starlin Castro Leads Cubs to 14-7 over Reds in Cincinnati

Posted on 08 May 2010 by Lou

WOW — Starlin Castro’s 6 RBI’s helped propel the Cubs to an easy 14-7 victory over the Reds in Cincinnati on Friday night.  It wasn’t enough that Castro was making history by becoming the youngest Cubs player to make his debut at the shortstop position in almost 100 years, he just had to go and have one of the most memorable nights in recent Cubs history.  With the Cubs offense scuffling to just 5 runs in a 3-game sweep at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates and with Marlon Byrd and Aramis Ramirez failing to drive in runs with 1st and 3rd and only 1 out in the 1st inning, it was up to Castro to come through in the clutch with 2 and nobody out in the 2nd inning.  And boy did he deliver – with a 3-run bomb to right field that gave the Cubs an early 3-0 lead.  Marlon Byrd’s 2-run home run an inning later staked the Cubs to a 5-0 lead.  And Castro’s bases-clearing triple in the 5th inning extended the lead to 9-0.  WOW!  Mike Fontenot’s Grand Slam in the 8th inning capped all the scoring for the Cubs en route to an easy 14-7 win.  We certainly haven’t been able to say that a lot these days.

Carlos Silva did just enough to earn his 3rd win of the season, although it wasn’t his best outing.  Silva pitched 5 innings, giving up 4 ER on 10 hits and 1 walk.  The bullpen (save for John Grabow) did another good job — Justin Berg, Sean Marshall and James Russell each tossed scoreless innings.

Now it’s time to see how Castro plays today in Game 2.  Hopefully Game 1 won’t go to his head.  Tom Gorzelanny looks to pick up another win, and if the they do that, Ryan Dempster will look for the sweep on Sunday…

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