Anthony Rizzo’s Sunday spectacular
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com September 16, 2012 11:38PM
Anthony Rizzo follows the flight of his grand slam in the sixth inning off Pirates reliever Jared Hughes. | Paul Beaty~AP
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The pitchers: Kevin Correia (10-9, 4.29 ERA) vs. Travis Wood (6-11, 4.23).
Updated: October 18, 2012 6:22AM
Anthony Rizzo’s first grand slam was part of his first multihomer game. He had six RBI in the Cubs’ 13-9 victory Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Rizzo hit his 13th and 14th home runs of the season.
‘‘His day was spectacular,’’ manager Dale Sveum said after Rizzo became the first Cub with six RBI since Aramis Ramirez did it against the Houston Astros on July 20, 2010.
‘‘I don’t think it tops the walk-off [July 29 in the 10th inning against the St. Louis Cardinals], but it was a well-fought game by all 40 of us,’’ Rizzo said.
Sveum used seven pitchers, with the victory going to Jeff Beliveau (1-0). But he singled out Jaye Chapman, acquired from the Atlanta Braves as part of the deal for pitcher Paul Maholm, who prevented a leadoff triple from scoring in the seventh.
‘‘He showed me a lot that inning and just added on to a guy you have confidence in,’’ Sveum said.
Chapman gave up a triple to Starling Marte and walked Garrett Jones, but he struck out Andrew McCutchen after Neil Walker lined out. Then he retired Marte trying to steal home.
‘‘I’m so blessed to get this opportunity,’’ said Chapman, who was assigned to Class AA Tennessee after the trade. ‘‘When you get out there, you just want to leave it all out there, good or bad.’’
For the Pirates, the loss was another blow to their hopes of securing a National League wild-card spot, but it helped the Cubs lower their ‘‘magic number’’ to avoid 100 losses to five.
36 and thriving
Alfonso Soriano (3-for-5) drove in two runs to reach 101 RBI, his third season with at least 100, and he’s three away from his career high of 104 with the Texas Rangers in 2005.
‘‘It would be better if we had a winning record, but now everyone is trying to have fun in the last two weeks of the season,’’ Soriano said.
‘‘If anyone watches how he goes about his work every day, his work ethic, always with a smile on his face, and with the [sore] knees he has,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘If any of these young guys think they’re hurting and see what this guy goes through every day to play — a guy making $18 million and still going out and working hard every day.
‘‘Other than his 40-40 season [46 homers, 41 steals in 2006], it’s as good a season as he’s had. Not too many 36-year-olds have this kind of season.’’