Like the Chicago Cubs, for instance, who are taking charge of the NL Central. Now holding a four-game lead over the once-surging Milwaukee Brewers, the North-Siders are enjoying some hitting on the part of Alfonso Soriano and some lights-out pitching by guys like Ryan Fricking Dempster, who is 12-4 with a 2.90 ERA.
Following solid performances by Ted Lilly on Monday and Carlos Zambrano on Tuesday, the right-handed Dempster struck out nine Wednesday night, giving up just one run on five hits for his first consecutive win streak (2 in a row!) since 2001. He even got a standing O in the eighth.
"I was gassed," he said. "It was a great ovation, always nice."Meanwhile, Soriano is 6-for-12 in the series after having three hits and walking twice Thursday. He’s also scored five runs and stolen three bags to aid Chicago on their way to a 7-2 record in their last nine games at Miller Park.
The Cubs will look for a four-game sweep Thursday afternoon when Rich Harden faces Dave Bush and the saddened Beer-Makers for the finale at 1:05pm ET.
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