Aramis Ramirez hit a pair of three-run home runs Monday night, leading the Cubs to an 11-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Cubs third baseman was 4-5 on the night, putting seven RBI on the board. After the game, he admitted that he had a little extra incentive to do well.
“This is the part of the season where you just try to finish strong,” he said. “I wanted to hit one-three run homer for each week I have left playing for this God-forsaken team.”
Juan Pierre and Scott Moore also added solo shots for the Cubs, who won despite starter Sean Marshall giving up six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Ramirez will be eligible to void his contract after the 2006 season and test the free agent market.
He said he was able to purchase two calendars for the price of one in the gift shop in order to do an official countdown.
“Two for one is a great deal,” said Ramirez. “I gave the second one to Dusty.”
Number of the Night: 112
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