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Rodrigo Lopez had a fine outing, and the bullpen was nails. Carlos Marmol, who’s been on fire since his July meltdowns, struck out the side in the 9th to save another one. It was a good game on Ron Santo statue dedication night.

Alfonso Soriano became just the third player in baseball with an active streak of 10 consecutive 20-homer seasons. More surprising? He took a walk!

  • CapnCub

    Lets finish of the series tomorrow with another W! Well written Ace.

  • Ron

    Do all of the cubs outfielders combined have as many rbis and home runs as Soriano does? Everyone wants to dump the guy but the offense will have to come from somewhere.

    • Toosh

      Uh, you don’t keep Soriano just because he sucks less than the other outfielders. If the Cubs decide to “dump” him, there are dozens of outfielders out there who would give them better production.

      • Ron

        Dozens? I actually want him gone but am worried about who replaces him.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      And Tyler Colvin is probably not the guy.

      But, I don’t care. Dump Soriano, ask questions later. His “production” is really not that impressive, in total, and his defense in LF is so bad that it’s hard to quantify how much he’s hurting the Cubs out there. I sincerely don’t know.

      • Toosh

        Yup.

      • Nick

        I laughed a month ago when he made Sportscenter’s Top 10. Any other outfielder and it’s a routine out. For Soriano, it’s a highlight.

  • Hogie

    Really? Three mill a year for 20+ dingers, 60-70 rbi from your DH is too much?

    Cheers to you Ronnie.
    10 hits, perfect.

  • Spencer

    Brett, I know this EBS was probably a little tongue in cheek, but it wouldn’t do much for the Cubs if they traded Johnson this year. Teams wouldn’t be offering much for him, and he’s a solid teammate that brings a veteran presence to the club. I wouldn’t mind the Cubs resigning him.

    • Andrew

      Spencer – I think I’m in the same boat. I’m not fond of watching the young guys not play, so I typically want to see the 4th and 5th outfielders as vets. Reed Johnson fits that mold perfectly. Would love to see him back as the 4th or 5th outfielder next year.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      It was. But, at the same time, he does not help the 2011 Cubs (because there’s nothing to be helped), and he could just as easily come back in 2012 whether he’s traded or not. The Cubs wouldn’t get much for him (maybe a C prospect and a couple hundred grand in salary relief), but, shrug.

  • Toosh

    Yeah, dozens. Throughout baseball.

  • RY

    I agree, the Cubs need to keep Johnson. He is one of the few leaders on this team, Cubs cannot afford to lose any of the few they have. Wouldn’t get jack for him anyway.

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