Surging Cubs Offense Slugs Five Home Runs, Beat Angels 7-2

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July 10, 2013 by Ryan S

Behind another great Travis Wood start and five home runs from the offense, the Cubs (40-48) won their fourth straight and powered their way to a solid victory of the Angels (43-46).  There was a lot to be happy about in last night’s game:

  • Wood turned in yet another quality starts, tossing 6.2 innings of two-run baseball, allowing just four hits and two walks.  However, four of those base runners and both runs were allowed in the seventh inning– Wood was straight up dominant through six frames last night.
  • The Cubs finally gave Wood enough run support (and a little bullpen help, finally) to win him a game, putting his line at 6-6 with a 2.69 ERA this season.
  • Alfonso Soriano led the Cubs with two homers, and they hit five total with Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney joining in the fun.  All seven of the Cubs runs were accounted for by the long ball, last night.
  • The Cubs had no errors in the field yesterday, which is always good news for a squad that is near the bottom of the league in fielding.
  • Newly added P Matt Guerrier and Pedro Strop both pitched yesterday, and continue to pitch well; neither has allowed an earned run since joining the Cubs.
  • The Cubs finally beat up on a pitcher that they should beat up on; entering the game Tue., Joe Blanton had a 5.14 ERA.  After surrendering four homers and six earned runs, he fell to 2-11 with a 5.40 ERA.

Following the loss, the Angels have won 10 out of their last 13 and (despite being batttered by the Cubs) are finally are starting to look like the team everyone thought they would be after the addition of Josh Hamilton this past winter.

The Cubs have now won two out of three from the Angels in 2013, and they play today at 7:05 PM CT in their final matchup of the year.  Jeff Samardzija (5-8, 3.54 ERA) faces off against CJ Wilson (8-6, 3.49 ERA).

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