Chicago Cubs‘ backup catcher Dioner Navarro was in the zone Wednesday, obliterating three home runs against the Chicago White Sox en route to a 9-3 win. It’s a good sign for the Cubs, who’ve been able to string hits together and hit it out of the park the past few days.
The Cubs have had trouble scoring runs over the past few seasons against their South Side foes, but the first two games of the series have been much different. The Cubs have tallied 17 runs so far in the crosstown classic, and they were on pace for a similar total Tuesday with an early two-run lead before mother nature called the game.
The Cubs lost a bunch of tough games to the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates heading into the series with the Sox which made it seem like it would be a bad time to have to play against their inner-city competition. It looks like the White Sox coming to town was what the Cubs needed.
Wednesday’s matinee was the first time the Cubs have scored more than seven runs in back-to-back games this season. Navarro finished with six RBI, helping the Cubs earn at least a split of the four-game series with the White Sox in 2013.
On Monday, the Cubs scored five of their seven runs by working the runners around the bags. They’ve been able to put base-runners on relentlessly through the first two games.
It’s probably a good thing for the White Sox that weather intervened in Tuesday’s game as they likely would be better off trying to get them back later.