The Chicago Cubs completed their 10-game road trip yesterday by sweeping the San Francisco Giants. In the midst of said road trip, we saw Alfonso Soriano and Matt Garza traded, yet the Cubs still managed to head home with a 6-4 record. It’s especially encouraging if you remember that they were 1-19 on the road against the NL West last season. How did they do it?
“It’s always a little different, especially when you lose a guy like Soriano,” Wood said. “He was one of our hottest bats, probably the hottest bat at the time. He’s the leader on the team and he’s been here the longest. It was sad to see him go, but I think he had a pretty solid day today. We just have to pull together and string some wins.”
The Fonz had four hits for the Yankees Sunday, including a home run and the game-winning RBI single. Some of his former protégés decided to pay homage to their departed mentor.
The high socks on Starlin Castro, Junior Lake and Luis Valbuena on Sunday? That’s Soriano style.
“We said we wanted to do it for Sori,” Castillo said of the socks switch.
I approve of this wardrobe choice. The Cubs’ two runs on Sunday were courtesy of solo home runs by Travis Wood and Welington Castillo. Travis now has three on the season.
“I’m always surprised,” Wood said of his power. “I’m not up there trying to hit homers. I’m just trying to put good swings on it. I was able to get two hits today and fortunately one of them went over the fence. Unfortunately, I gave it up the next inning.”
The Cubs managed three one-run wins on the road, and Dale Sveum is pleased to see the development of his team.
“A lot of these young guys have to get a feeling for that in the big leagues, and the feeling of the last three games here, how close every out was and how every pitch here meant everything, and the situations [Saturday night],” Sveum said. “These guys, some of them anyway, that multiplies by 10 when you’re in a pennant race, those kind of games. It’s always a learning process.”
We’re just happy to see some exciting baseball.
Of course, Kevin Lynch had to go and be Debbie Downer on ESPN Chicago. After his seven game hitting streak to start his career, Junior Lake is 0 for his last 13.
Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said he traded Soriano partially to get youngster Junior Lake some playing time. Since the deal, Lake has gone 0-for-13, abruptly ending his seven-game hitting streak with which he started his major league career. Lake’s average dropped to .349 after going 0-for-4 Sunday with a strikeout.
He also got to take a swipe at Starlin Castro.
The Cubs opened up an opportunity for the Giants in the ninth when Chicago shortstop Starlin Castro failed to get in front of a bounced throw by Castillo. Giants pinch hitter Kensuke Tanaka was stealing second when Castillo threw wide and short of second base. Instead of moving to smother the ball with his body, Castillo attempted to short-hop the throw with a swipe. He missed the ball completely and Tanaka took third on the play.
I’m not sure who he is, but I’m glad he doesn’t regularly get the chance to write game summaries.