The Cubs lost, but there was plenty to be pleased about in this one, outside of Casey Coleman’s shaky start (he was great for a few innings and then fell apart). Starlin Castro extended his on-base streak to 22 and his hitting streak to 10. Carlos Pena became the first Cubs lefty to hit 27 homers since Jacque Jones in 2006 (ok, so maybe that’s not actually all that impressive). ¬†Bryan LaHair bumped his OPS another couple hundred points with a triple and a walk. Jeff Samardzija threw another couple scoreless innings. The Cubs even managed to come back late.

Most importantly on the good side of things, there was this…



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