Cubs 12, Angels 1

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hero: Carlos Zambrano (3-5) worked seven strong innings, allowing one run on eight hits while walking one and striking out seven. It was Big Z's first interleague victory since June 22, 2007 (against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field). Zambrano also went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Sunday.

Goat: Third baseman Jeff Baker booted a Torii Hunter grounder in the second inning for his third error of the series.

Key Play: Derrek Lee administered the coup de gras to Angels starter Joe Saunders (5-8) with a two-run double that capped a four-run third and gave the Cubs an 8-0 lead.

Comment: Playoffs?

"I always say that you can have a terrible season, but when the playoffs come, and everything matters, you can be the MVP of the World Series," Zambrano said. "That's when things count."

Does Big Z anticipate pitching for another team later this year?

Next: After an off day Monday, Lou Piniella on Tuesday (CSN+, 9:10 p.m.) returns to Seattle where he won 840 games in 10 years as the Mariners manager. The Cubs, meanwhile, will be reacquainted with Milton Bradley.

Ryan Dempster (5-5, 3.67 ERA) will start the opener of the three-game series for the Cubs (31-38) while Seattle (28-41), winner of four straight, counters with left-hander Jason Vargas (5-2, 2.88).

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