Soler adds to resume with laser assist to nab Tabata

Soler adds to resume with laser assist to nab Tabata

CHICAGO -- Jorge Soler has been impressive at the plate, and on Friday, he showed off his throwing arm.

In the third inning of the Cubs' game against the Pirates at Wrigley Field, Soler hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1. He now has either an extra-base hit or an RBI in his first eight games, making him the first Major Leaguer to do so since Buddy Blair in 1942 with the Philadephia Athletics.

Soler has been solid in right field. With one out in the sixth, Jose Tabata singled to right and tried to reach second. But Soler threw a perfect strike to shortstop Javier Baez for the out.

"The results that he's had have been positive," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "The biggest thing is the fact that he's having great at-bats. He's really had a solid approach.

"He has a good sense of what he's doing in the box and a good feel. You know he's throwing to the right bases, you know he's attacking balls he has to attack. He's doing a lot of things -- other than what the results are showing -- that are allowing him to have success."

Shortly after Soler's assist, the game was suspended due to rain with the scored tied at 3 in the top of the seventh.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.