Game Recap: Cubs 7, Dbacks 5
The Cubs come from behind two days in a row to win. Are you sure this is May 1, not April 1? The Cubs won today thanks to the timely hitting of Alfonso Soriano and Derrek Lee and contributed to the collapse of another teams 'pen rather than watching their own implode.
Alfonso Soriano tied the game in the seventh with a two-run homer. If anyone thinks that Soriano is still missing confidence in the batters box, please observe this. He looks pretty confident to me. His 2-for-4 performance brought his season average up to .303 and included his fourth homer of the season. Fonzie is never going to live up to his contract price (or maybe he will, given the going rate of Ryan Howard), but we all knew that from the beginning. But after his performance last season, most of us wrote him off as an aging and declining salary dump candidate. I'm not saying he's fully redeemed himself, but I welcome his recent production and patience at the plate with open arms. Keep it up, Fonz.
However, the hero of the day would have to be Derrek Lee. For a week or so Lee has been hitting the ball hard, but right at defenders. It seemed like only a matter of time until he got a clutch hit or two to fall. Today seemed to be that day. Lee stepped tot he plate in the 8th with the bases loaded and pulled a 1-1 pitch through the hole for the go-ahead 2 RBI single. Lee went 2-for-5 on the day, making it two days in a row he's had a multi-hit game. It's progress, Cubs fans.
As for the pitching side of things, Carlos Silva came back down to earth. Silva gave up five runs in five innings, four of them by the home run ball, and struck out six on the day. It wasn't pretty, but when you miss high all day with the wind blowing out, those results are to be expected. The bullpen came in and pitched four scoreless innings with the win going to Sean Marshall. The ninth inning was a bit of an adventure as Marmol loaded the bases before getting the final out of the game. If that's the worst bullpen scare of the weekend, I think I can deal with it.
Don't look now, but the Cubs have two players in the top 5 for NL batting average. Marlon Byrd (.351) and Kosuke Fukudome (.353) are 5th and 3rd, respectively, on the batting leaderboard. If only the two could lend a few BA points to A-Ram...
In the end, the Cubs walk away with a win, a guaranteed split, and a chance to win a four-game series tomorrow. Hopefully they can end the homestand with a win and take a three-game winning streak into Pittsburgh.