Alas, the hapless Northsiders managed to pull of a win against (*snicker*) Dusty Baker last night, depsite Volstad’s best efforts.
(By the way, I made a comment that I was calling Volstad “He Who Shall Not Be Named” last night, and Brett from Bleacher Nation Christened him “Voldemortstad,” which I think fits him swimmingly).
CHICAGO — Through all of the injuries, losing seasons and fans wishing he would better live up to his large contract, Alfonso Soriano has continued to do one thing: hit home runs.
And while he isn’t a prototypical power hitter in the truest sense, he has proven throughout his career to not only be one, but one of the best.
Soriano once again flashed his strength Thursday night at Wrigley Field, lifting a two-run homer into the center-field bushes in the bottom of the eighth to give the Cubs a 5-3 win over the first-place Reds and snap the team’s eight-game losing streak.
It was Soriano’s 20th home run of the season — the 11th consecutive year he has reached the mark, putting him in rare company. Boston’s David Ortiz, Angels first baseman Albert Pujols and Soriano are the only active sluggers to reach the 20-homer mark for 11 straight seasons.
And yet, the team can’t unload him on ANYONE, despite several close division races, because of his horrible, terrible, not-very-good contract. Thanks a bunch, Jim Hendry.
But forget Soriano, the last half of the season is all about the kids, right? Kids, kids, KIDS!! Children are the future!
Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler was promoted to to Class-A Peoria, while Brett Jackson makes his Wrigley Field debut.
Soler, who signed a nine-year, $30 million deal, hit .241 with two home runs in a brief stint playing for Mesa in the Arizona Rookie League. He’ll be in the lineup for Peoria tonight.
Awesome! I’m going to visit my parents this weekend and Soler will be playing the next town over!
Jackson, who is 0-for-8 with eight strikeouts and a walk in his last nine plate appearances, has been moved down in the order by manager Dale Sveum, batting seventh against Cincinnati right-hander Mike Leake after hitting second (twice) and leadoff (once) in his first three games. Josh Vitters is on the bench, with Luis Valbuena starting at third.
O-8 with a walk. That’s like, what we used to joke about happening if he was called up. UGH.
But hey, it’s Friday! That means Wrigley Talk Friday is coming your way at 1 pm CT today, though I most likely won’t be a part of that. You should listen anyway, so as not to insult Tim and Adam’s manhood.
The Cubs are back it again today, with Justin Germano taking the mound today at 1:20. We’ll be back then with a lineup and more info.