4/21 Soriano's near miss

Alfonso Soriano leads the Cubs with six doubles but couldn’t come up with one when he needed in the eighth inning Wednesday. Soriano hit a two-run homer, a triple and added a RBI single in the Cubs’ game against the New York Mets.

On Monday, Soriano was called into manager Lou Piniella’s office and lectured about not running balls out. In the fourth, Soriano legged out a triple to lead off and scored on Geovany Soto’s single. Soto, however, was thrown out at second trying to stretch his hit. It was Soriano’s first triple since Aug. 19, 2009, at San Diego.

Soriano added a two-out RBI single in the fifth, driving in Marlon Byrd, who had doubled. Byrd walked to lead off the seventh and one out later, Soriano hit his second homer.

Mark Grace was the last Cubs player to hit for the cycle, doing so May 9, 1993, against San Diego. But Soriano flew out to right in his last at-bat in the eighth. He was lifted in a defensive switch after the eighth. Eleven Cubs have accomplished the feat, including Andre Dawson on April 29, 1987, against San Francisco, and Ivan DeJesus on April 22, 1980.

— Carrie Muskat

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