7/6 Cubs 4, Pirates 1
Alfonso Soriano hit a pair of two-run home runs to lead the Cubs to a 4-1 victory Saturday over the Pirates in front of 36,590 at Wrigley Field. Soriano recorded home runs No. 175 and 176 for the Cubs, and moved past Andre Dawson for sole possession of 12th place on the team’s all-time list. He now has 384 career home runs, tied with Harold Baines for 59th on MLB’s all-time list.
Edwin Jackson picked up the win, and now is 6-2 in 10 career starts against the Pirates.
* Javier Baez was promoted to Double-A Tennessee, and in his first game Saturday, he hit the first pitch for a home run.
“He owns that league,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum quipped.
* Before Saturday’s game at Wrigley, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville brought the Stanley Cup to the ballpark. Coach Q met with Sveum and the players.
“Just to touch the Cup was pretty special,” Sveum said. “We got to see it a couple years ago when we were in Boston and they had the parade. To actually be next to it and take pictures, it was pretty special to be part of something like that. The guys can understand, it’s such a special trophy. It’s one of a kind and the tradition behind that Cup is off the charts.”
* Travis Wood was thrilled by his All-Star selection.
“I feel amazing,” Wood said. “It’s a goal you set as a player to try to play like an All-Star, be an All-Star and to be selected, it’s outstanding.”
* The Cubs have homered in their last eight home games, and in 17 of their last 19 games since May 18.
– Carrie Muskat