Rapid Reaction: Cubs 11, Mets 1

May, 24, 2011
5/24/11
10:01
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Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 11-1 win over the New York Mets in their series opener on Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

The good: Ryan Dempster went seven strong innings, allowing just one run on seven hits. Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro each drove in two runs and share the team RBI lead with Alfonso Soriano at 23.

The bad: First baseman Carlos Pena took the collar, going 0-for-4 while striking out three times. Cold weather and the Bulls-Heat game contributed to a half-empty ballpark.

Beyond the box score: Former No. 1 draft pick Luis Montanez played in his first game at Wrigley, going 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI double in his Cubs debut.

Up next: Casey Coleman (2-3) takes the mound for the Cubs vs. the Mets’ Dillon Gee (3-0) on Wednesday night.

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Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.284 13 64 53
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 29
RBIA. Rizzo 69
RA. Rizzo 80
OPSA. Rizzo .888
WJ. Hammel 8
ERAT. Wood 4.91
SOT. Wood 126