Rapid Reaction: Cubs 7, Astros 2
August, 15, 2012
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Cubs won a series for the first time this month with a 7-2 victory Wednesday over the Houston Astros.
How it happened: The Cubs not only crushed three home runs off Astros pitcher Bud Norris, but Brett Jackson added the first RBI of his career on a second-inning triple. Justin Germano pitched well against the lowly Astros, giving up a second-inning home run to Scott Moore in the second inning and not much else. David DeJesus hit two home runs while Starlin Castro added the other.
What it means: Both David DeJesus and Alfonso Soriano would be a good catch for the San Francisco Giants in the wake of Melky Cabrera's suspension. It probably won't happen with either, though, as both first have to pass through waivers. Soriano, who has reportedly gotten through waivers, would probably reject a deal to the Giants, while DeJesus could be claimed by another team first based on his production level, versatility and a relatively team-friendly $4.25 million salary for next season.
Outside the box: DeJesus not only doubled his home-run production this season in one day, he also hit the first two home runs of his career at Wrigley Field. His solo home run in the third inning was his third of the season and his two-run home run in the fourth inning was his fourth. Interestingly, just this week manager Dale Sveum lamented that fact that DeJesus should have at least a dozen home runs but all of his long drives at Wrigley this season had come with the wind blowing in. DeJesus finished the day with four hits to tie a career high.
Off beat: The Cubs' young kids were doing a lot of sightseeing Wednesday. Josh Vitters, Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson each struck out two times with many of those strikeouts of the looking variety. Rizzo had a particularly frustrating day as he not only struck out twice but also hit into a double play and had a line drive up the middle stabbed by Astros pitcher Wesley Wright to finish off an 0-for-5 day.
Up next: The Cubs will be off Thursday and then start a three-game series at Cincinnati on Friday with left-hander Travis Wood (4-8, 4.52 ERA) expected to pitch in the opener.