A's Big Hits Doom Cubs
Jack Cust hit a solo homer run and a two-run double, and Bobby Crosby slugged a three-run homer, leading the Oakland A’s to a 6-4 victory over the Cubs this afternoon at warm and sunny HoHoKam Park in Mesa.
Carlos Zambrano got the start for the Cubs, and worked four strong innings (61 pitches, 38 strikes, 2/6 GB/FB). For the day “Z” allowed four hits, one run, no walks, and three strikeouts, and one HR (Cust lead-off dinger in the 2nd) in his four innings of work.
Kerry Wood followed Zambrano, pitching the 5th inning (ten pitches, ground single to CF, a 4-6-3 DP, and F-7).
Scott Eyre came into the game in the 6th and could not finish his inning. He threw 27 pitches in 0.2 IP, allowing a single, a walk, and a three-run HR to Crosby, followed by a double and a walk, before being relieved by Bob Howry. Eyre had nothing today.
Howry got out of the 6th without further damage, but then he got yanked with one out in the 7th after allowing two singles and going 3-2 on every hitter.
Michael Wuertz relieved Howry, and immediately gave up a ringing two-run double to Cust that scored both runners. Wuertz then retired the next five in a row, two on strikes, and three on pop ups.
Carlos Marmol worked the 9th, (26 pitches - 16 strikes) and struck out the side, although he also allowed a single and a walk along the way.
Offensively, the Cubs scored two in the 5th, and two in the 8th.
Facing A's closer Huston Street in the bottom of the 5th, Geovany Soto drew a two-out walk, and scored on a triple lined into the right-field corner by Sam Fuld. PH Casey McGehee then lined a single to CF, scoring Fuld.
In the 8th, Alfonso Soriano led-off with a double into the left-centerfield alley of LHP Gio Gonzalez. Ryan Theriot followed with a triple to right-center, and The Riot scored on a hard-hit L-8 Sac Fly by Kosuke Fukudome.
For the day, Soriano went 2-4 with a CS, Theriot went 2-3 with a walk, a single, an RBI triple, and a run scored, and Sam Fuld went 1-3 with a walk, an RBI triple, and a run scored.
Fuld also made two outstanding catches in CF, one a back-handed diving catch in right-center to end the 1st, and the other a running catch in left-center to save a run in the 8th.
Soriano misplayed a line-drive in the 1st for a two base error, but chased the ball into the left-field corner, recovering just in time to throw a one-hop strike to Aramis Ramirez, getting Carlos Gonzalez in a “bang-bang” play at 3rd base.