Coming off a sweep of the best team in baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the worst team, the San Diego Padres came into town for a four-game series against the Cubs.
Yet again, the Cubs feasted on some not-so-solid west-coast pitching Monday night, en route to a 12-3 victory over the lowly Padres.
Everything seemed to be going right for the Cubs in last night's game.
Carlos Zambrano (6-1) was on the mound and picked up his fifth consecutive victory this season. After what seemed to be some forearm cramping in the fourth inning with Tadahito Iguchi at the plate, Zambrano settled down and threw an efficient ball game.
Zambrano threw a total of 19 pitches through the first two innings, looking very economical. Zambrano also helped himself out at the plate going 2-4 with a run scored.
Alfonso Soriano also looks like his hot streak is continuing. He had a two-run home run to get the scoring going in the fifth inning, which saw the Cubs score six runs.
Derrek Lee also looks like he's turning it around again after a dismal road trip which saw his average drop from .350 to .319. On this homestand, the Cubs first baseman has hit two more home runs, getting his power stroke back.
Scott Eyre also pitched an inning in last night's ball game. After some elbow problems in Spring Training, Eyre is looking more consistent, like the reliever the Cubs were expecting when they signed him in the 2006 offseason.
Bob Howry also came into last night's game and looked more efficient after a rough start to the season.
If the Cubs' offense can keep up the strong hitting and improved pitching staff, then the Cubs will stay in first place for much of the rest of the season.
The Cubs will face their former starter Sean Estes in game two, and he will be opposed by Jason Marquis. Marquis was skipped in the last turn of the rotation with the off day last week. Marquis was used as a pinch runner in a few games this past weekend.