5/14 Extra bases
Ryan Dempster has pitched six or more innings in each of his starts this year, and recorded four quality starts, including Thursday’s game vs. the Padres. It also was his second multi-hit game of his career.
* Ryan Theriot hit a double in the third inning, and of his last 12 hits, eight have gone for extra bases. He’s hitting .292 at Wrigley Field.
* Bobby Scales set a career high with four RBIs, hitting a pair of two-run doubles.
“In the era I played, a lot of players got 3,000 or 4,000 at-bats at the Minor League level before they got to the big league level,” Lou Piniella said of Scales, who 3,227 Minor League at-bats before this season. “Look, you have to persevere and he has. Hopefully, he’ll continue to do so for us.”
Scales is taking it one day at a time.
“The ‘awe’ part — I wasn’t in awe,” he said. “I think I’m just a level-headed person. Those guys [in the big leagues] are just like me. They put their pants on one leg at a time, just like everybody else. It was quick, those first few games. I had to take deep breaths and slow the game down. I said, ‘Remember, this is the same game you’ve been playing for awhile.’ That’s the biggest adjustment I’ve had to make. I’m still running through it. Today, I had a nice day and we were able to win, but there will still points today where it was like, man, this thing is going too fast so let’s relax and try to bring it back a little bit.”
When asked if anyone had contacted him about doing a movie on his life story, Scales laughed.
“You’re going to have to talk to my marketing people, which constitutes my wife,” he said.
* Piniella was happy with Jose Ascanio’s outing, even though he gave up a solo homer to Drew Macias in the eighth. Ascanio finished up for Dempster, pitching two innings.
* Thursday’s game was the third time the Cubs have scored 11 this year. They also did so April 8 at Houston and April 28 at Arizona.
— Carrie Muskat