Ouch! Soto leaves with a sore shoulder, major bummer. Cubs say he’ll sit for a game or two. If it’s longer I’d place him on the DL. Don’t risk bringing Soto back before he’s ready, the guy is too valuable.
This means Koyie Hill’s feet are put to the fire. Remember, the Cubs let veteran Paul Bako walk in favor of Hill, which, wasn’t a mistake. Hill is young, talented and motivated…I’ll take that over old-goat Bako any day.
No doubt Hill can hold his own behind the plate and the Cubs know he’s an average hitter at best, but that’s all you need in a back-up player. Besides, it’s a nice opportunity for Hill to get his feet wet early in the season – even if it’s at the expense of Soto.
And a little success for Hill could go a long way in helping him feel like he belongs with the big club. Catcher is the toughest position on the field and this won’t be the last time Soto is out due to injury. Hill’s chance to shine is now, even if it’s for just a game or two.
Dempster looks like he hasn’t skipped a beat from last year. Should’ve got his first ‘W last night.
Soriano’s first three at-bats looked like he was playing in October…whif, whif and whif. Then, BANG, tie ballgame!!! Terrible 0-2 pitch from LaTroy Hawkins, especially knowing Alfonso went down flailing in his three previous at-bats.
Just two hits off Houston’s four relievers. Bradley leaves three on base. Cotts is the victim of bad luck and Gregg is bested by the very under appreciated and very underrated Jeff Keppinnger.
It’s Lilly on get-a-way day tomorrow. Slow start last year, WBC this year, which Lilly shows up???
- Notes: Cubs (1-1) – Tied for 1st
- W: Rodriguez (1-0) L: Cotts (0-1)
- This is the first season in 23 years Chicago has started without a player on the DL.
- Chicago has not started the season (2-0) since 1995.
- Soriano is the first Cub to homer in the season’s first two games since Scott Servais turned the trick in 1996.
- The last Cubs to go deep in the firs three games is Billy Williams.
- Dempster threw 96 pitches.
- Four of the Cubs first seven road games in ’08 went extras, Chicago won all four.