The Cubs finished off the 3-game sweep of the Padres on Thursday, as the Padres dropped their 11th straight road game.
The Cubs broke out the big bats in each victory. In Wednesday night’s 6-4 win, the Cubs hit 4 home runs. The Cubs nailed back to back home runs by Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Theriot in the 1st inning to tie the game at 2. Geovany Soto’s 2-run home run in the 3rd inning increased the Cubs lead to 5-2 and Ryan Theriot’s 2nd home run of the game in the 4th inning. Ted Lilly pitched 6 1/3 innings – 3 earned runs, 8 hits, 0 walks and 7 K’s – to pick up his 5th win of the season. Carlos Marmol picked up his 3rtd save of the season despite giving up 2 earned run on 2 hits and 2 walks in just an inning of work.
In Thursday afternoon’s 11-3 win, the Cubs had 2 huge innings in which they scored 10 runs. In the 5th inning, the Cubs scored 6 runs to blow the game open – a Geovany Soto walk with the bases loaded, a Reed Johnson 2-RBI double, a Bobby Scales 2-RBI double; and a Ryan Dempster single. In the 6th inning, the Cubs scored 4 more runs on another 2-RBI double by Bobby Scales, an Aaron Miles RBI double and a Ryan Dempster RBI double. Ryan Dempster worked 7 efficient innings – 2 earned runs, 3 hits, 2 walks and 5 K’s – to pick up his 3rd win of the season. Jose Ascansio made his 1st major league appearance pitching 2 innings with 3 K’s and giving up just a solo home run to Drew Macias. Ascansio also got his 1st major league at-bat when he struck out in the bottom of the 8th inning.
The lone bright spot in the series for the Padres was Adrian Gonzalez – 1 home run on Tuesday, 2 home runs on Wednesday, and 1 more home run on Thursday.
Manager Lou Pinella has gotta be happy with the way his team has started off this home stand at Wrigley Field. Next up for the Cubs – a weekend series against the Houston Astros.