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Cubs 4, Astros 2: It Wasn't Perfect, but...

HOUSTON - APRIL 06:  Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs gets a base hit against the Houston Astros on Opening Day on April 6, 2009 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Damen JacksonCorrespondent IApril 7, 2009

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Filed:April 6th, 2009

Given my Opening Day preferences, the sky would have opened up, homers would have been flying out of the park, everyone would get a hit, and the starting pitcher would go eight scoreless innings, before giving way to the closer who promptly goes 1-2-3 to end the ninth.

Instead, what we got was a much more workman-like effort from the Cubs, who started off the 2009 season Monday with a 4-2 win over the Astros.

It was sloppy, but a good win. No one was a star, but instead you got nice performances from quite a few places when the Cubs really needed it.

Carlos Zambrano, shaking his Opening Day woes, but going six strong innings.

Aaron Heilman, coming into the game in the seventh, and getting a double play to get the Cubs out of the inning relatively unscathed. Honestly, I was clamoring for Marmol, with the hopes that Lou Piniella would then bring Aaron in for the eighth, but he did exactly what the Cubs needed him to do. A real good call.

Alfonso Soriano, who homered to lead off the game, and Aramis Ramirez, for giving the Cubs enough runs early with their long balls to help Zambrano stay calm.

And Mike Fontenot, who went 3-4, with a double. A few more games like this, and we won't much remember DeRosa.

And for now, we won't talk much about Kosuke Fukudome (0-4, with some very shaky defense) or Kevin Gregg (run allowed in the ninth). I'm just going to revel in the win and hope that those two don't turn into boondoggles.

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