Cubs 9, Nationals 1

By Chris Rewers on Monday, August 23, 2010

Hero: Casey Coleman (1-1) allowed one (earned) run on three hits over 6 1/3 innings while striking out three and walking two en route to his first major league victory. Coleman took a one-hit shutout into the seventh. He also contributed an RBI single.

Goat: Micah Hoffpauir was the only Cub who made at least one plate appearance who did not reach base, grounding out as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning.

Key Play: Alfonso Soriano's two-run triple capped the Cubs' five-run third inning against Washington starter Livan Hernandez (8-9).

Comments: Interim manager Mike Quade made some notable lineup tweaks that paid instant dividends. Blake DeWitt, who was installed into the leadoff spot, went 3-for-5, knocked in a pair, and led off the third with his fourth home run of the season. Soriano, who was dropped to the No. 7 slot, went 2-for-5, with a double, triple, and two RBI.

Other contributors to the Cubs' 15-hit attack included Xavier Nady (3-for-4, 2B), Starlin Castro (2-for-6, 2B), Kosuke Fukudome (2-for-4, RBI), and Tyler Colvin (1-for-4, 2 RBI). Geovany Soto walked three times, including once with the bases loaded.

Marlon Byrd, who was hit by a Hernandez pitch in the third and was forced to leave the game, is day-to-day with a bruised right wrist.

Next: Carlos Zambrano (4-6, 4.97 ERA), who starts for the Cubs (52-74) on Tuesday (WGN, 6:05 p.m.), is 1-0 and has allowed five earned runs over 16 2/3 innings (2.70 ERA) over his three starts since being removed from the restricted list. But Zambrano has lived dangerously, having allowed 15 hits and 15 walks in those outings.

Washington (53-72) will counter with John Lannan (5-5, 5.13) who has struggled with his command for much of this season. However, the 25-year-old left-hander effectively used his sinker in his last start, against Atlanta on Thursday, to record eight groundball outs in the first five innings. Lannan, who earned the win, allowed two runs - both earned - on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings while striking out five and walking one.

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