There was a 24 mph wind blowing straight out at Wrigley Field today, with gusts up to 35 mph and the Cubs took advantage of it. Darwin Barney, Alfonso Soriano, Ian Stewart, and Starlin Castro all hit home runs.
|Alfonso Soriano and Ian Stewart high-five each other after a home run in Monday's game (photo from cubs.com)|
Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein addressed the media before today's game and said, "The fans have a right to be upset any time we're not playing winning baseball, especially during stretches like this. I understand it. If we start making decisions based on it or scrap plans because of it or try to put Band-Aids on situations, we would be doing the fans a disservice in the long run."
"I always operate with the belief that the only way to make fans happy in the long run is to get to a point where we're playing baseball in October on a regular basis, and nothing's going to get in the way of that. Sometimes, when you rip the scab off, there's some pain until we grow some new skin. We're going places. This is a tough road."
|Cubs GM Jed Hoyer and President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein spoke to the media before today's game at Wrigley Field (photo from Chicago Tribune)|
|Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney celebrate the Cubs 11-7 win over the San Diego Padres (AP photo)|
|Cubs players after they beat the Padres to end their losing streak on Monday (photo from Chicago Tribune)|
Tomorrow the Cubs and Padres will play game two of the three game series at 1:20pm CT. Jeff Samardzija will start for the Cubs and will try for his fifth win of the season. It's also Samardzija bobblehead doll day at Wrigley Field tomorrow.