Gordon Wittenmyer, in Monday's Chicago Sun-Times, pointed out that Cubs right fielder Kosuke Fukudome hit .383 (23-for-60) and is a .345 (101-for-293) hitter in his four seasons with the Cubs. But entering Monday's game, Fukudome was hitting just .244 (275-for-1,129) after April.
Hero: Alfonso Soriano (2-for-4) wrapped up a terrific April with a solo home run in the second inning and an RBI single in the fourth. It was the 10th homer of the season for Soriano (.258 BA, 20 RBI), who shares the major league lead in home runs with Milwaukee's Ryan Braun.
I remember fondly throughout my childhood the February day in which my father would bring home a stack of baseball preview magazines.
I would devour those things and have continued the practice into adulthood. All of that reading material has helped me get through those final few weeks without baseball, but I learned long ago that such publications should not be believed as gospel.
(Editor's Note: Tenth in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)
On Sept. 18, 2008, the Cubs' magic number for clinching the NL Central appeared like it was going to be stuck at four. The North Siders trailed the second-place Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and nobody on base.
Hero: In his fifth career start, rookie Casey Coleman (1-2) allowed one (earned) run on five hits over six innings while striking out three and walking three. The 23-year-old right-hander has gone at least six innings in each of his last four starts.
Hero: Carlos Zambrano (8-6) once was again was spectacular, allowing just three hits - singles by Jonathan Lucroy in the third, Prince Fielder in the fourth, and Ryan Braun in the ninth - over 8 2/3 innings while striking out nine and walking three. Zambrano retired 14 in a row before Braun singled with two outs in the ninth. Big Z is 5-0 with a 1.60 ERA in seven outings since rejoining the starting rotation on Aug. 9. He also went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .273 and drove in his sixth run of the season.