Maybe Chris Volstad has found something. Volstad went without a win in 24 straight starts, over a full calendar year, he has two wins in his last two starts. Volstad was good today, on a day when the conditions favored anyone with a bat in their hands. He found the zone early and then pitched to his strengths after that, he finished his day after 5.2 innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out two. Coming into this one I don’t think many people gave the Cubs a chance, not only are the Giants much better, but the Cubs were facing all world lefty Madison Bumgarner. As they say, that’s why they play the games.
The Cubs jumped Bumgarner early, as they scored once in the first and piled on four more in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead. The Giants tried to make it a game late as they pulled within two in the 8th but Carlos Marmol came on to shut the door in the ninth, again, he’s been outstanding as of late. Anthony Rizzo hit his first home run since August 5, no one believed it so they actually had to review it to make sure. Okay, that’s not really why, it was ruled a triple but replays showed it was gone, it was Rizzo’s 10th home run of the season, he finished the day 2-for-4 with an RBI, and two runs scored. Alfonso Soriano also had a big day at the plate, basically rubbing it in the Giants face, “you’ll never get this, you’ll never get this” Soriano was overheard as he rounded the bases on his 24th home run of the season. Soriano of course has said that he would prefer to not play in San Francisco if the Giants tried to trade for him, Soriano finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBI’s.
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