There were rumors floated around the MLB trade deadline that Soriano might have been on his way to San Francisco. Those were quickly nixed, as Soriano -- who has a full no-trade clause -- said a relocation to the Bay Area would be too far of a move for his family and that San Francisco is too cold. He showed the Giants and their depleted outfield what they might be missing today.
The Cubs chased Giants starter Madison Bumgarner (14-9) early, dropping five runs on him in just four innings. It was Bumgarner's shortest outing since his first start of the 2012 season.
Cubs reliever Sean Camp scuffled a bit in the 8th inning, allowing an RBI single to Buster Posey and an RBI groundout to Hunter Pence, but Carlos Marmol shut the door in the top of the 9th to pick up the save.
Cubs starter Chris Volstad (2-9), who had gone winless in his first 24 starts of the season, notched his second win in a row, allowing two runs on five hits.
The two teams will square off for Game 2 of the three-game set tomorrow at 12;05 p.m. CDT.