Jul 22, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Junior Lake (21) celebrates with pitcher Chris Rusin after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Lake Leads Cubs Past Diamondbacks

Junior Lake did everything on Monday night down in the desert.  Lake went 4-5, he showed power, tons of hustle, and a cannon for an arm in center field.  He drove in three runs, two on the monster shot he hit to left center field in the fifth inning, and then he drove the other run in during the ninth inning for some much needed insurance.  All of this eventually led to a 4-2 Cub victory.

Chris Rusin was thrust on to the bump after Matt Garza was traded to Texas earlier in the day.  Rusin went five innings, gave up two hits, and two earned runs. Rusin left with runners on first and second, but Blake Parker allowed the runs to score, however they were charged to Rusin.  James Russell struggled a little bit, he walked two in his one inning of work, but he was able to get out with no damage done.  Pedro Strop and Matt Guerrier also came in to help bridge the game to Kevin Gregg in the ninth.  Gregg would pitch in the ninth and earn his 19th save of the year.

Other than Junior Lake, Starlin Castro had a two hit game out of the two hole for Dale Sveum and Dioner Navarro drove in the other run on a solo home run in the top of the second inning.  Cole Gillespie had a heck of a game on the defensive side, he made a sliding grab in right field in which he bashed into the wall, but hung on to the ball.  Gillespie gave the Cubs a huge spark defensively.

For the Diamondbacks, Didi Gregorious had three hits in three trips and also drew a walk.  Paul Goldschmidt had two hits and an RBI on the evening as well.  The Diamondbacks struggled to string anything together really.  They only managed to get six hits as a team and both of their runs came in the sixth inning when Rusin started to tire.

Tyler Skaggs, the starter for the D-Backs, pitched well, but was outmatched by Rusin.  Skaggs went six innings, gave up seven hits, and three earned runss.  The loss is Skaggs’ second on the year.

The Cubs now even their record at 2-2 during this ten game road trip and will look for their third win tomorrow night when they take on the same Diamondback team.  First pitch is scheduled for 8:40 PM CT and the starters are slated to be, Patrick Corbin (11-1) for the Diamondbacks and Travis Wood (6-6) for the Cubs.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks Blake Parker Chicago Cubs Chris Rusin Cole Gillespie Dale Sveum Didi Gregorious Dioner Navarro James Russell Junior Lake Kevin Gregg Matt Guerrier Patrick Corbin Paul Goldschmidt Pedro Strop Starlin Castro Travis Wood Tyler Skaggs

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