Cubs 0 Diamondbacks 2
Box score. Excruciatingly frustrating game tonight. Cubs give their starter zero run support, and lose this pitchers duel, 0-2.
Harden was excellent, giving up 1 hit and 2 walks through 7 innings, striking out 10 D’backs, and throwing 112 pitches. (His game score of 79 was his second-highest of the season.) Unfortunately, that 1 hit was a home run from Alex Romero; his first, ever. The Big Old Unit shut down the Cubs early, throwing 7 2-hit, 1-walk innings.
In Soriano news:
Attempting to return to the Cubs after he broke his left hand when he was hit by a pitch June 12, Soriano was brushed back by Padres rookie-level pitcher Junior Veras, prompting a big smile from the outfielder.
“It was not a good experience, man,” Soriano said. “His first pitch went to my head, so my heart was jumping because a lot of people told me that those little guys, they throw hard and they don’t know where the ball goes. I was a little scared there.” –Cubs.com
Soriano went 0-2 with a walk for Mesa, and seems ready to return very soon. Aramis posts yet another 0-4, and is now 1 for his last 25, with one walk. Theriot snaps his 13-game hitting streak.
Cubs are now only 2 games ahead of both the Cardinals and the Brewers. They absolutely need to figure things out in the second half, and on the road, soon. The Cubs have out-scored their opponents 11-8 the last 4 games, but have gone 1-3.