4/1 Soriano has "a little skip in his jump"
Lou Piniella and Rudy Jaramillo looked at film of Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto late Wednesday. Early Thursday, Jaramillo had the two in the batting cage and the extra worked paid off for Soriano. He went 3-for-3, including a two-run homer, to help the Cubs beat the Rockies, 2-0.
“That made my day,” Piniella said of Soriano’s showing. “That’s it — that made my day. I can enjoy a nice margarita tonight.”
He wasn’t the only one who was happy.
“I had a little more concentration,” Soriano said. “It’s good to have three hits but more important is how I feel at home plate. I feel great. Today I felt much better, more timing, and stayed back. I’ve been working with Rudy [Jaramillo] the whole Spring Training and that’s how I want to be. How I swung today is how I want to be.”
Said Piniella: “He had a little skip in his jump.”
Soriano and Jaramillo were together in Texas in 2004-05, and have been reunited this year, which is the hitting coach’s first with the Cubs.
“I feel like a totally different hitter,” Soriano said. “I know I didn’t prove it in Spring Training because I have a lot of things to do. I know this will be a fun year. I have to stay healthy and that’s the most important thing,” he said. “I’ve been stretching a lot and working with my knee to have a good season.”
— Carrie Muskat