Too many headlines to write here. Do I talk about Castro or Soriano or Soto or Garza...or Valbuena? Where to begin?
I joined New ERA for some suds and pub food. It was a lot of fun. Especially since the Cubs were playing batting practice at Mobile Telephone Company Ballpark (henceforth known as MTCB). They slugged a season high 5 HRs and 15 hits.
So here's the recap...
On the mound
Matt Garza looked strong for the first 6 innings, though he did fall victim to a couple of HRs on a windy day at MTCB. He went 6 innings and gave up just 1 walk and struck out 6, but a couple of HRs by AJ Pierzynski and Paul Konerko led to the only Sox runs. Considering the conditions, it was a very good performance.
Shawn Camp had 2 scoreless innings and then Manny Corpas closed it out with a scoreless frame.
At the plate
Bryan LaHair started the scoring with a 2 run HR(13) after Starlin Castro reached with a single that he almost literally served between the 2B and 1B, as if he placed it there on purpose. In the 6th, Castro once again reached out on an outside pitch, but this time he delicately placed it in the bleachers for a 2-run HR (6). Today it just looked like Castro was just putting the ball where he wanted to. Alfonso Soriano followed with a blast well over the 400 CF mark, it was his 13th HR of the season.
In the 6th, Geovany Soto celebrated his return with a solo HR, his 4th of the year.
The White Sox closed within 6-3 and then the Cubs put the game out of reach in the 7th. After David DeJesus was HBP, Castro got his 3rd hit of the game. Consecutive RBI singles by Alfonso Soriano, Steve Clevenger, and Darwin Barney then made it 9-3.
And then Luis Valbuena happened.
Valbuena has been impressive since his call-up starting with his defense, his consistently good ABs, and his ability to hit for extra base power. Today he put the game out of reach with a 3 run HR, his 2nd of the year, and his 3rd hit of the game. Valbuena is making a case to hold on to the 3B job even after Ian Stewart returns.
The Cubs pounded the Sox here but it's only one win. But lets face it, it's always fun to put a 12 spot on the White Sox. It's the worst beating the Sox have taken this season.
Lots of implications off the field today, but it's probably only the beginning. Expect lots of changes over the next few weeks and the Cubs may have already found a piece for the future in 3B Luis Valbuena. Bryan LaHair played a solid RF and actually made a nice catch on a drive over his head.
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