Alfonso Soriano hit two of the five, Darwin Barney hit another, Anthony Rizzo hit his 13th, and Starlin Castro also homered to round it out for the Cubs. The Cubs managed nine hits in the game and six of them went for extra bases, a Dioner Navarro double was the other extra base hit.
The Cubs put it on the struggling Joe Blanton right from the get go, Rizzo and Soriano went back to back in the bottom of the first inning to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead. Then in the third, Castro hit a solo home run to make it 3-0. Darwin Barney hit a three run home run in the sixth to the push the lead to 6-0. In the seventh, Soriano hit his second home run of the night, which was also a solo.
The offense for the Angels came from slugging first basemen Albert Pujols, Pujols hit a two run home run in the seventh. This came as no surprise to Cub fans as they have seen plenty of that before, dating back to Pujols’ time with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Travis Wood showed why he is the lone all-star for the Cubs, Wood went six and two thirds innings, gave up just four hits, and then two earned runs. Wood also struck out five batters in the game. The quality start earned Wood his sixth win on the year. The Cub bullpen was fantastic, they combined for two and a third innings and gave up just two hits.
Blanton however struggled for the Angels, he managed to get through just five innings, gave up eight hits, and six earned runs. The Angel bullpen was solid with the only blemish coming in the seventh when Michael Kohn gave up the home run to Soriano.
The Cubs are now 7-3 over their last ten games and are riding a nice little four game winning streak. They will look to keep the streak alive tomorrow when they take on the Angels as they round out their little two game set. Game time is set for 7:05 PM CT. The probable starers are, C.J. Wilson (8-6) for the Angels, and for the Cubs it’s going to be, Jeff Samardzija (5-8).
Topics: Albert Pujols, Alfonso Soriano, Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs, CJ Wilson, Darwin Barney, Dioner Navarro, Jeff Samardzija, Joe Blanton, Los Angeles Angels, Michael Kohn, Stalin Castro, Travis Wood