Justin Germano started for the Cubs and allowed two runs on four hits while walking two batters and striking out three over five innings pitched. Germano was acquired from the Boston Red Sox for cash considerations on July 19th and earned his first Cubs win tonight.
Germano confirmed the trade craziness happening during the game and said, "It seemed like every time I turned around, someone else was leaving."
|Justin Germano earned his first Cubs win against the Pirates on Monday night|
Anthony Rizzo and Darwin Barney each hit three-run home runs, and Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer. This was the most runs the Cubs have scored in an inning since they scored 10 on August 14, 2009. They also scored eight runs in an inning on September 8, 2009. All three big inning games were against the Pirates.
Reed Johnson was pulled in the 5th inning for a pinch hitter and was seen shaking hands and exchanging hugs with his teammates in the dugout, which was fueling the theory that he might have been traded. It's now been confirmed that Johnson and LHP Paul Maholm have been traded to the Atlanta Braves for Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman.
|LHP Paul Maholm has been traded to the Braves (Reuters photo)|
|Reed Johnson has been traded to the Braves|
|Top prospect Brett Jackson is expected to be called up from the Iowa Cubs on Tuesday|
|Catcher Geovany Soto has been traded to the Texas Rangers|
|Alfonso Soriano doesn't want to go to the Giants|
|Darwin Barney after his three-run homer in the fifth inning against the Pirates (photo from cubs.com)|
Dempster said, "I've enjoyed every moment I've played here, and I'm super proud to be a Chicago Cub and I understand that's always a possibility (to stay with the Cubs), and if that's the case, I'm going to give everything I have starting [Tuesday] night. Whatever ends up happening in 24 hours or 23 hours from now, we'll find out then. It could be sooner, it could be wearing my uniform and going out and pitching [Tuesday]."
|Will Ryan Dempster be traded on Tuesday?|