Cubs 11, Astros 6: The Most Fun I've Had All Season

Damen JacksonCorrespondent IApril 9, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 03: Kosuke Fukudome #1 of the Chicago Cubs watches his hit against the New York Yankees during their game on April 3, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The exhibition game is the first game to be played at the New Yankee Stadium.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

I know, it's only been three games. But when homers fly, and your team wins handily, it's a whole lot of fun.

That's exactly what the Cubs did Wednesday, beating the Astros 11-6, and winning the three-game series in Houston.

It's not surprising though. Given that the Astros are a team using Brian Moehler as a third starter, and Russ Ortiz as a fifth, you have to figure that they should get used to games like this.

The Cubs got to Moehler, early—and often—when the first seven hitters reached in the first inning. That included Kosuke Fukudome, by the way, who went 4-5 on the night, with a homer, no less.

Moehler was able to get out of the first, by forcing Koyie Hill to ground into a 3-2 double play and getting Lilly to ground out, but not before Chicago jumped out to a 4-0 lead.

It only got worse for the Astros from there though, as the Cubs batted around again in the second, chasing Moehler in favor of Russ Ortiz.

Yeah, that Ortiz.

The one that a cash-strapped Diamondbacks team ate $30 million on to make go away. And after Mike Fontenot jacked a three-run homer off of him in the second, I suspect he may have wished for a moment that he stayed away.

And the Cubs?

Well, Ted Lilly was awful, going five innings, while giving up five runs, all off homers. Personally though, I've stopped worrying about Lilly. That fastball heats up with the weather, so poor starts to the season I suspect are just part of the deal.

And kudos to David Patton, who made his first Major League appearance Wednesday. He went two innings in relief, and looked...okay. He did get lit up by Hunter Pence in the sixth, but hey, that's just a "Welcome to the Big Leagues, rookie" hello.

In all, bad team. Good win. After the day off, it's on to Milwaukee for a three-game set against the Brewers. Geo Soto is expected to play, but not before a pit stop in Chicago to visit team physicians. Fingers crossed.