April 16, 2009

Cards outhit Cubs in Windy City win

The Cubs may be the favorites in the NL Central, but the bigtime, run-producing offense of last season has yet to show itself.

In a 7-4 win, the Cardinals doubled the Cubs' hit output, 12-6, outclobbered them by doubling the Cubs' doubles, 2-1, Brendan Ryan and Rick Ankiel each with a double to the Cubs' Kosuke Fukadome's one double.

Fukadome would hit a home run, a three-run shot to right field. However, the Cardinals would get home runs by Chris Duncan, a two-run shot to right field, and a solo homer each out of Khalil Greene and Brian Barden, their dingers to left field. The Cards' homers would be responsible for four of the Cards' seven runs.

The Cubs' six hits on the afternoon were produced by Alfonso Soriano, who had one hit, Ryan Theriot, who added a hit, and with two hits apiece, Fukadome and Aramis Ramirez.

The Cards produced well off of Cubs' starter Sean Marshall, seven of their dozen hits. The Cards would get one hit off of each of five Cubs' relievers.

With one hit each were Rick Ankiel, Brendan Ryan, Albert Pujols, Ryan Ludwick, Khalil Greene, and Yadier Molina.

Big Cardinals' producers Thursday afternoon at Wrigley were Chris Duncan, 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and notching three RBIs. Brian Barden also went 3-for-4 with an RBI he marked with a solo home run.

The Cubs were working with a somewhat used bullpen, something they don't run into very often. Friday, the Cubs' will start Carlos Zambrano, their ace, and whom rarely needs much bullpen assistance.
photo by Barbara Moore