Cubs Win Opener in Desert Reviewed by Momizat on . Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 4 Phoenix -- It wasn't a pretty performance, but a combined 6 Cubs pitchers held the D-Backs at bay while the offense helped the Cubs cruis Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 4 Phoenix -- It wasn't a pretty performance, but a combined 6 Cubs pitchers held the D-Backs at bay while the offense helped the Cubs cruis Rating:
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Cubs Win Opener in Desert

Cubs Win Opener in Desert

Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 4

Phoenix — It wasn’t a pretty performance, but a combined 6 Cubs pitchers held the D-Backs at bay while the offense helped the Cubs cruise to a series opening win in Arizona. Kosuke Fukodome led off the game with his seventh long ball of the season and Alfonso Soriano added a pinch-hit two run shot in the 9th, his 14th.

This was the first series opener the Cubs had won since the Dodgers came to Chicago on May 25th, 11 series ago.

Ian Kennedy (3-7) bounced back into the strike zone after allowing a franchise record nine walks his last time out. Kennedy went 5 2/3 with no free passes, but was tagged for seven runs on nine hits. Tom Gorzelanny (3-5) was erratic walking six over five innings, but worked out of the worst jams with minimal damage.

Geovany Soto added three hits and a pair of RBI on two doubles. Starlin Castro also drove in two on a triple. Kelly Johnson knocked in two in a losing effort for Arizona.

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CHC « 1 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 9 11 0
ARI 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 6 0
Chi Cubs
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
K. Fukudome rf 3 2 2 1 1 2 1 0 1 .267
R. Theriot 2b 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .275
M. Byrd cf 5 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 .304
T. Colvin lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .271
X. Nady 1b 3 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .238
A. Ramirez 3b 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .178
S. Castro ss 4 1 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 .271
G. Soto c 4 2 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 .277
T. Gorzelanny p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .158
M. Fontenot ph 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .302
A. Cashner p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
J. Russell p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
J. Berg p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
S. Marshall p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
A. Soriano ph 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 .277
C. Marmol p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 35 9 11 9 2 2 8 0 10
Batting
2B – G Soto 2 (12, I Kennedy 2).
3B – S Castro (2, I Kennedy).
HR – K Fukudome (7, 1st inning off I Kennedy 0 on, 0 Out), A Soriano (14, 9th inning off J Gutierrez 1 on, 0 Out).
S – T Gorzelanny.
RBI – K Fukudome (25), M Byrd (36), S Castro 2 (20), G Soto 2 (23), M Fontenot (17), A Soriano 2 (41).
2-out RBI – G Soto, M Fontenot.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – R Theriot 1.
Team LOB – 3.
Base Running
CS – M Fontenot (2, 2nd base by E Vasquez/M Montero).
Fielding
DP – 2 (S Castro-R Theriot-X Nady, S Castro-R Theriot-X Nady).
Arizona
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
C. Young cf 3 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 .268
K. Johnson 2b 3 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 1 .265
J. Upton rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 3 .257
M. Montero c 2 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 1 .384
M. Reynolds 3b 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 .220
A. LaRoche 1b 4 1 1 1 1 0 2 0 6 .251
S. Drew ss 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .268
C. Gillespie lf 3 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 .254
I. Kennedy p 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .143
E. Vasquez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
G. Parra ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .261
J. Norberto p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
C. Qualls p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
R. Ryal ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .290
J. Gutierrez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 29 4 6 4 1 9 12 2 16
Batting
3B – K Johnson (1, T Gorzelanny).
HR – A LaRoche (13, 4th inning off T Gorzelanny 0 on, 0 Out).
SF – K Johnson, M Montero.
RBI – K Johnson 2 (38), M Montero (13), A LaRoche (54).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Upton 1, A LaRoche 3.
GIDP – M Reynolds, C Gillespie.
Team LOB – 9.
Base Running
SB – C Young 2 (16, 2nd base off T Gorzelanny/G Soto, 2nd base off T Gorzelanny/G Soto).
Fielding
Outfield assists – C Young.
DP – 1 (C Young-K Johnson).
Chi Cubs
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
T. Gorzelanny (W, 3-5) 5.0 5 3 3 6 4 1 1.43 3.31
A. Cashner 0.1 1 1 1 2 0 0 1.50 2.93
J. Russell (H, 2) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.39 4.18
J. Berg (H, 3) 0.2 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.64 6.14
S. Marshall (H, 8) 1.2 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.08 2.02
C. Marmol 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.21 2.08
Arizona
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
I. Kennedy (L, 3-7) 5.2 9 7 7 0 6 1 1.25 4.16
E. Vasquez 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.34 5.08
J. Norberto 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.00 5.40
C. Qualls 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.01 7.67
J. Gutierrez 1.0 2 2 2 1 0 1 1.71 8.04
HPB – X Nady (by I Kennedy).
Pitches-strikes – T Gorzelanny 104-61; A Cashner 20-7; J Russell 4-3; J Berg 18-8; S Marshall 18-14; C Marmol 12-10; I Kennedy 97-58; E Vasquez 3-1; J Norberto 15-7; C Qualls 11-9; J Gutierrez 20-12.
Ground balls-fly balls – T Gorzelanny 5-7; A Cashner 2-0; J Russell 0-1; J Berg 0-0; S Marshall 1-1; C Marmol 0-0; I Kennedy 7-8; E Vasquez 0-0; J Norberto 1-1; C Qualls 1-0; J Gutierrez 0-2.
Batters faced – T Gorzelanny 24; A Cashner 4; J Russell 1; J Berg 3; S Marshall 5; C Marmol 3; I Kennedy 27; J Norberto 4; C Qualls 3; J Gutierrez 5.
Game Details
Umpires: HP–Ron Kulpa. 1B–Lance Barksdale. 2B–Ed Rapuano. 3B–Tom Hallion.

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