Cubs win, but lose Soriano

It’s always something in Chicago. The Cubs are playing incredible baseball right now. They have won 13 of their last 16 games, and have only lost three games in the month of June. Wednesday’s victory over the Atlanta Braves cost them their best hitter though, as Alfonso Soriano broke his left hand after being struck by a pitch during an at bat in the second inning. Soriano is batting .284, and leads the team with 15 homers and 40 RBIs, despite missing 14 games earlier this season with a calf injury. The Cubs were 9-5 during his absence. This injury is much more serious however, and Soriano is scheduled to miss about six weeks.

The Cubs didn’t let the injury distract them, as they scored seven runs in the first three innings to chase Braves starter Jeff Bennett. Kosuke Fukudome had a 3 run homer in the first and the Cubs knocked in 2 runs in both the second and third innings. Bennett gave up 7 hits, and was pulled in the third after giving up 2 more runs without recording a single out.

Ryan Dempster pitched well again to earn his 8th win of the season. He went all 9 innings, giving up only 4 hits, one of them a 2 run homer in the 7th. He also had 11 strikeouts.

Len robinson
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