Cubs 11, A’s 1
The Cubs used strong pitching, solid defense and a methodical offense to overpower the A’s, 11-1. Justin Cohen started and pitched two innings, allowing just one run, then Scott Moulin and Sean Bird came in to complete the victory with three shutout innings. On offense, the Cubs scored in every inning but the fourth.
Kevin Stoner continued his power surge with a triple, two doubles and a walk, scoring twice. Ben Whitefield hit a booming double to left and was on base four times. Bird was on base three times, scoring twice, and Leo Meissner chipped in with two singles and scored twice. Daniel Cohen, Juan Carrasquero, Robbie Fuelling and Brock Hudnut eached scored a run. The Cubs’ infield was especially tough defensively, highlighted by Whitefield’s nice play at third in the final inning, turning a hard-hit ground ball into an out.