Game Twenty-Six – Cubs 10 Diamondbacks 5
WP – Tom Gorzelanny (1-3) LP – Edwin Jackson (1-3) Save – None
The Cubs won their third game in a row and improved to .500 for the fourth time this season. Tom Gorzelanny set a career-high with 10 strikeouts and earned his first win of the year. Gorzelanny allowed two earned runs on six hits and three walks in seven innings … but Sunday was all about the Cubs offense.
Rudy Jaramillo’s pupils powered the Cubs to a rare series win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Alfonso Soriano stayed hot and hit two home runs on Sunday afternoon, the 24th multi-homer game of his career. Soriano hit a pair of two-run homers, one in the first and one in the fifth. Soriano added a double off the base of the wall in third and finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, two home runs and four RBI.
Alfonso Soriano has hit four of his six home runs on the season in the last three games … with 10 RBI.
Marlon Byrd put together another multi-hit game. Byrd was 2-for-5 with a run scored, a home run and three RBI. Byrd hit his fifth longball of the year in the third, a two-run shot into the bleachers in left center. Marlon Byrd leads the team with 19 RBI.
Two times on Sunday Rudy Jaramillo received acknowledgement from his players. After Soriano’s blast in the first, Soriano gave Jaramillo a hug in the dugout … and Marlon Byrd followed suit after his two-run blast in the third. Jaramillo smiled from ear to ear after Byrd wrapped his arms around him.
The 10 runs in back of Tom Gorzelanny on Sunday was more run support than Gorzelanny had received in his other four starts combined.
The final score is not an indication of how the Cubs dominated the game on Sunday. John Grabow gave up three runs in the ninth inning. After a great outing on Friday, Grabow took a couple of steps back and was the only negative on a very good day for Lou Piniella’s crew.
With Sunday’s series win against Arizona, the Cubs improved to 13-13 on the season and finished the 19-game stretch without a day off with a 10-9 record … Tom Gorzelanny set the tone in the first inning. When it appeared the D’Backs were on the verge of a big inning, Gorzelanny settled down and kept the D’Backs from jumping out to an early lead for the fourth time in the series
Stephen Drew singled to left and Justin Upton walked on four pitches in the first inning. Gorzelanny fell behind Mark Reynolds before striking him out. Chris Young, who had a quiet series against the Cubs, struck out swinging to end the inning. Gorzelanny never looked back.
Ryan Theriot (3-for-5 with a run scored) extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single to right in the first. Kosuke Fukudome hit into a 3-6 fielder’s choice. But Derrek Lee worked the count and singled to left on a 3-1 pitch. Fukudome was very aggressive on the bases and ended up at third.
Marlon Byrd grounded out to third and plated Fukudome with the game’s first run. Without Fukudome running the bases the right way, the D’Backs turn a 5-3 double play and get out of the first inning. Derrek Lee ended up at second on the play.
In his first start as a Cub at Wrigley (second start of the season) Chad Tracy played a solid third base and contributed at the plate. Tracy drove in Lee with a single to left … 2-0 Cubs.
Alfonso Soriano ripped a 1-0 offering from Edwin Jackson into the bleachers in left center … 4-0 Cubs.
Mike Fontenot singled to left center and quietly extended his hitting steak to 10 games. Geovany Soto, the player in Piniella’s starting nine to not record a hit, lined out to center to end the first.
Gorzelanny’s performance in the top of third changed the game. Tony Abreu doubled to the corner in left to start the inning. Stephen Drew walked and the D’Backs had two on with one out down 4-0 … and the heart of the order coming to the plate.
Justin Upton struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch. Gorzelanny ran the count to 3-2 once again to Mark Reynolds but struck him out looking to end the inning.
After Gorzelanny walked the tightrope in the top of the inning, the Cubs offense went back to work in the home half and put the game away.
Derrek Lee walked to start the third and scored on Marlon Byrd’s fifth homer of the year. The Cubs took a comfortable 6-0 lead … but they were not done
Chad Tracy followed Byrd’s homer with a single to left center. Soriano doubled off the base of the wall in left center. With runners on second and third and no outs, Mike Fontenot hit a grounder up the middle that plated Tracy with the Cubs’ seventh run. Soriano advanced to third but was stranded after Soto grounded out to short and Gorzelanny flied out to left.
The D’Backs got on the board in the top of the fourth. Chris Young singled to left on a 1-0 pitch and scored on Rusty Ryal’s first longball of the season. Ryal launched Gorzelanny’s first pitch into the bleachers in left center.
Gorzelanny settled down after the homer and retired the next three batters he faced.
The Cubs went back to work in the bottom of fourth. Ryan Theriot led off with a single to left off of Mark Reynolds’ glove. Kosuke Fukudome blooped a single into shallow left just past Stephen Drew’s outstretched glove. A wild pitch with Derrek Lee at the plate allowed both runners to advance ninety feet.
Derrek Lee (1-for-2 with two runs scored, a RBI and two walks) hit a sacrifice fly to center. Theriot tagged and scored but Fukudome was thrown out a third … replays showed Fukudome was safe. Byrd lined out to first to end the inning. 8-2 Cubs at the end of four.
Chad Tracy led off the fifth with a walk and scored once again on a home run by Alfonso Soriano. Soriano’s 24th multi-homer game gave the Cubs a commanding 10-2 lead.
The game remained 10-2 until the ninth. John Grabow struggled once again and gave up three more runs.
John Hester walked to start the ninth. After Augie Ojeda fouled out to Chad Tracy (Tracy made a nice catch in the Cubs’ pen), Tony Abreu doubled to left center. Stephen Drew tripled to right center and plated both Hester and Abreu.
Justin Upton drove in Drew with a single to right … and all of the sudden it was 10-5 and Carlos Zambrano started warming in the pen.
Grabow struck out Mark Reynolds and Chris Young to end the game.
The Cubs finished the seven-game homestand with a 4-3 record …
Monday is an off day for Lou Piniella’s crew … their first since April 13. The Cubs begin a six-game road trip on Tuesday with the first of three against the Pirates. Ryan Dempster versus Paul Maholm in game one.