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Anthony Rizzo slugged his first Cubs homer on Saturday

Jul 1, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

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Anthony Rizzo made his major league debut last year as a member of the Padres and belted his first career home run in a June 11 loss to the Nationals.

Now he’s on the board with his new team, the Cubs.

The 22-year-old first baseman smoked a two-run blast over the right field fence in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday, plating Starlin Castro and pushing the Cubs to a 3-2 lead over the Astros.

It’s a lead they would not relinquish, giving Rizzo his second game-winning hit in four games since arriving at Wrigley Field last Tuesday night. “It just feels good to get that win and get that monkey off my back hitting a home run and this and that,” he told JJ Stankevitz of after the victory.

Rizzo is now 4-for-15 with two doubles, a dinger and three RBI — good for a .267/.313/.600 slash line.

  1. cerowb - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    His defense is a lot better than I thought it would be. Kid can really handle himself around the bag, which is great to see.

  2. flyerscup2010 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    he had a monkey on his back from being in the league for three games without a homer?

    • icanspeel - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      No it’s probably from the last 40 or so games he played on the Padres without hitting a home run. He started off decently on the Padres and then just slumped the rest of the year, got sent back down, came back up in September and couldn’t hit again.

  3. 11thstreetmafia - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    This guy is better than I thought he would be…

  4. schuckme - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    the padres are seriously gonna regret letting him go, dont get me wrong cashner is a solid flamethrower but still rizzo my become the next phenom not named harper or trout and i would rather have a guy who can smoke the ball and be and RBI machine than a guy who only pitches an inning now and then.. cashner will be a great closer one day tho

    • gloccamorra - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      Cashner is now a starter, and if he pitches like his did in his last outing, he could be an ace. Rizzo will hit 30-40 homers a season at Wrigley, but even if they moved the RF fence in at Petco, he wouldn’t hit nearly that many for the Padres. Look at the slash line: the .600 slugging looks good, but some scouts, and not just on the Padres, think the .267/.313 is Rizzo’s best case, with 180-200 Ks. Josh Byrnes found no takers for Rizzo, except the Cubs, now run by the guys who drafted him in Boston.

  5. schuckme - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    may*** autocorrect moment..

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