8/30 Extra bases
Alfonso Soriano’s RBI single in the ninth gave the Cubs a walkoff win over the Brewers. It was the Cubs’ first walkoff win since July 29 against the Cardinals, and the first win when trailing entering the ninth since May 6 against the Dodgers.
“There were multiple heroes in that game,” Dale Sveum said. “It all worked out. That was nice. That was one of our, if not our best win of the year.”
* Starlin Castro was 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and extended his hitting streak to six games. He tripled in the first, his 10th of the year, and is the eighth different Cubs player in the last 50 years to total 10 triples in a season.
* David DeJesus and Luis Valbuena set the tone. DeJesus was 3-for-4, and reached base a season-high tying five times. Valbuena also had three hits. They combined for six hits and three walks and scored five runs. The Cubs totaled a season-high 11 walks.
“When we can walk 11 times, you know there was some grinding going on in nine innings,” Sveum said. “There were some great at-bats and guys saw a lot of pitches and got in great counts and ended up getting hits in a lot of situations.”
* Brett Jackson hit two doubles in the six-run sixth, and drove in two runs on the second hit. He said he’s hit two doubles in a Minor League game this season. He’s the fourth Cubs player in the last 15 years to record two extra-base hits in an inning, joining Jim Edmonds, Jacque Jones, and Mark Bellhorn.
— Carrie Muskat