Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ryan Dempster and the Cubs win 8-2 over the Twins and head back to Chicago to prepare for the Tigers and Red Sox

The Cubs beat the Minnesota Twins, 8-2 and avoid being swept at Target Field.  Ryan Dempster started for the Cubs and had another excellent outing as he allowed four hits and no runs.  He also struck out six and walked one batter on 117 pitches during eight innings pitched and earns his second win of the season.

Ryan Dempster earned his second win of the season today against the Twins (photo from
Joe Mather congratulates Reed Johnson after he scores against the Twins during the first inning (Getty Photo)
Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney celebrate the Cubs' win against the Twins (photo from Chicago Tribune)
James Russell came into the game in the ninth inning to close out the game, but gave up two runs and spoiled the shutout.  The Cubs finished this road trip with a 2-8 record and are now 20-40 for the season.

In other Cubs news, catcher Geovany Soto, who has been on the disabled list since he had arthroscopic surgery for a meniscus tear in his left knee, will begin his rehab assignment on Monday at Triple-A Iowa.  He's expected to play between three to five games with the Iowa Cubs and could possibly come back to the Cubs roster this weekend against the Red Sox.

Tomorrow the Cubs have an off-day before they start a six-game homestand against the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox at Wrigley Field.  Paul Maholm will start against the Tigers at 7:05pm CT and try to earn his fifth win of the season.  Let's hope the Cubs can do better from the Friendly Confines than they did on the road.

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