WOW – that was a long time. The Cubs finally won the opening game of a series for the 1st time since they beat the Dodgers at Wrigley Field back on May 25th. What an unbelievable stat. The Cubs invaded Arizona and came out firing with a big 9-4 win after losing 14-3 to the Reds less than 24 hours before. Cubs pitching gave up 8 home runs to the Reds, including 4 alone in an 8-run 7th inning.
Kosuke Fukudome got the Cubs off to a good start with a lead off home run. The Cubs added 3 more runs in the 2nd inning on Starlin Castro’s 2-run triple and Geovany Soto’s RBI double. Soto finished the day with 3 hits, RBI’s and 2 runs scored – by far one of his best days as a Cubs in 2010. Fukudome had 2 hits, 2 walks and 2 runs scored. Alfonso Soriano also added a 2-run home run in the 9th inning – his team-leading 14th of the season. Soriano also leads the team with 41 RBI’s.
Tom Gorzelanny was not great, but he pitched the minimum 5 innings to earn his 3rd win of the season. He gave up 5 hits and issued 6 walks in his short outing, but kept the D’Backs away form the big inning – they would score only single runs off of Gorzelanny in the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings. Although Andrew Cashner struggled in relief of Gorzelanny (1 ER on 2 walks and 1 hit in a third of an inning), the rest of the bullpen did great. James Russell, Justin Berg, Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol closed the door by pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings the rest of the way. Berg struck out 2 D’Backs hitters, while Marshall and Marmol each struck out 3!
But more importantly, the Cubs finally got that monkey off their back by winning the opnening game of the series. Will that lead to a series win – their first since they took 2 of 3 from the Oakland A’s from June 15th through the 17th at Wrigley? Carlos Silva can make that happen with a good outing tonight. Stay tuned…