9/20 Soriano’s 30/100 season
Alfonso Soriano hit his 30th home run on Wednesday, and now is the fifth Cubs player age 36 or older to reach 30 home runs and 100 RBIs in a season, joining Hank Sauer, Andre Dawson, Fred McGriff, and Moises Alou. Nothing was going to stop Soriano’s home run, which came with two outs in the sixth off the Reds’ Mike Leake.
“He did it in style,” Dale Sveum said. “The ball wasn’t walking out of there. I think that was going out regardless of wind.”
This is the sixth time in Soriano’s career and second season with the Cubs he has reached 30. The elder statesman on the team also is the second player in MLB history to reach 30 home runs despite not hitting any in his first 30 games. Soriano’s first blast came May 15 in his 31st game. Dwight Evans hit 32 home runs in 1982 for the Red Sox, but didn’t hit his first that season until his 39th game. Soriano, 36, has 103 RBIs, one shy of his career high of 104 set in 2005 with the Rangers.
“I’m proud of myself, I’ve been working hard,” Soriano said. “I always say, if I’m healthy, the numbers will be there. We came up short tonight.”
He was on deck in the 11th when rookie Anthony Rizzo struck out swinging to end the game, and Soriano slammed his bat to the ground in disgust.
“It’s always very sad to see us lose a game, especially after we come back,” Soriano said. “I get a little frustrated because I wanted to win that game because we lost the last two games in a row.”
– Carrie Muskat