Someone reminded the Cubs that they are the best offensive team in the NL. Just in time to avoid a sweep at the hands of the D-Backs. The oh-fers were erased finally for Geovany Soto (0-21) and Aramis Ramirez (0-26) who each got a hit tonight. Derek Lee (0 HR in July) homered to start things off for the Cubs in the first, which probably relieved alot of tension and loosened up the whole line up. They seemed to press less tonight. Kosuke Fukudome found his patience at the plate again as he walked three times.
The epiphany for the Cubs was the top of the eighth inning where it all seemed to come together. Ryan Theriot walked, Aramis singled…you had the feeling after A Ram got his single that a lot of things were getting ready to start working. Second and Third, one out. Geo Soto ends his slide with an RBI single. As we mentioned, Fukudome remembered he is a patient hitter and took a walk to load the bases. Micha Owings walked Mark DeRosa which plated Aramis. Leo Rosales relieved Owings and gave up a grand slam to Reed Johnson. 10-3.
Arizona plated three in the bottom of the frame but it was as close as they would come as the Cubs took the final game to keep a one game edge over the Brewers in the NL Central. Final score 10-6.
The Cubs head home to face the Florida Marlins for a four game set at Wrigley where they have dominated their opposition.
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