|Travis Wood earned his fourth straight win Friday night against the Mets (photo from Chicago Tribune)|
Anthony Rizzo, Reed Johnson, and Jeff Baker all hit home runs in the game. Rizzo went 4-for-5 tonight, including his 3-run home run, which was immediately followed by Jeff Baker's solo home run in the 5th inning.
|Anthony Rizzo was 4-for-5 with a 3-run homer in Friday's game against the Mets (photo from cubs.com)|
|Anthony Rizzo is congratulated by Darwin Barney after his three-run homer in the fifth inning against the Mets (photo from Chicago Tribune)|
"He says he feels as good as he has all year," manager Dale Sveum said. "It's just a matter of durability issues. But the guy keeps himself in phenomenal shape. That's part of the decision. If it was somebody else besides Ryan Dempster, you probably wouldn't even have been thinking about this." Dempster will be limited to between 70-80 pitches.
In other Cubs news, David DeJesus' wife, Kim, will be hosting an ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) awareness day outside the main gate of Wrigley Field on Saturday, July 14th. She will be selling mystery baseballs before the 12:05pm game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Each ball will sell for a $50 donation and will be wrapped so it will be a fun surprise to see which autographed ball you get. Every player on the team has signed 12 balls. ALS bracelets will also be available for a small donation. All proceeds will go towards ALS research.
Here are a couple photos of the balls (that Kim DeJesus (
|Anthony Rizzo's autographed baseballs for the ALS mystery baseball event on July 14th|
|One of twelve signed Bryan LaHair baseballs to be sold at the ALS event on July 14th|
Tomorrow the Cubs and Mets will play game two of the series at 3:10pm CT. Jeff Samardzija will start for the Cubs and try for his seventh win of the season.