7/27 Postgame tidbits

Alfonso Soriano’s grand slam was his first of the season and fourth of his career. The Cubs’ last walkoff grand slam was hit by Rick Wilkins off the Phillies’ Roger Mason on Aug. 30, 1993, in the 11th inning.

* The Cubs are 7-6 in extra-inning games this year, including a 5-1 record at Wrigley Field.

* Derrek Lee has hit at least 20 home runs in each of his last nine full seasons.

* With Monday’s win, the Cubs are riding a season-high five-game winning streak. They’re also seven games over .500 fir the first time since May 16.

— Carrie Muskat


Great game!! Very exciting!!

Quick question:
I was watching the Cubs game on MLB.com’s Gameday and in one inning after Pudge was batting there was an injury delay. I cannot find in any stories what happened and I did not have the audio on. Can you fill me in?

There was a brief delay when a foul ball deflected off the mask of home plate umpire Mike Everitt. He stayed in the game

Rick Wilkins, he had one or two very good years for the Cubs. I had high hopes for him. Did the Cubs draft him?
What were the circumstances of his leaving?

Per baseball-reference.com, Rick Wilkins:

June 2, 1986: Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 23rd round of the 1986 amateur draft. Player signed May 28, 1987.

June 28, 1995: Traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Houston Astros for Luis Gonzalez and Scott Servais.

Thanks bobcows. Not a bad trade at the time, was Ed Lynch the GM? I always thought we should have retained Louis Gonzalez for a longer period. He gave you everything you expected, solid defense, quality at bats, etc. Haven’t heard his name mentioned with the steroid issue either, always hoped he was “a clean” player even though he experienced a DRAMATIC power surger that got me wondering about him. Who played left field the year after we traded him?

Thank you!

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