Hill seeks momentum in consecutive starts

Hill seeks momentum in consecutive starts

CHICAGO -- Cubs catcher Koyie Hill was back behind the plate Wednesday for the second straight game, the third time this season he has started consecutive games.

"I've said before, it's no secret I enjoy playing," Hill said. "But I also enjoy watching [Geovany Soto] play, too. He's a great talent. I even voted for him for the All-Star Game [on the players' ballots], so I have no problem caddying for him."

Did Soto vote for Hill?

"No -- he didn't want his voting rights to be revoked," Hill said, laughing.

Soto has started 54 of the Cubs' games, and Wednesday was Hill's 24th start behind the plate. The veteran had two doubles Tuesday in the Cubs' 3-1 win over the Pirates and was 8-for-18 with runners in scoring position overall. Driving in runners has been a problem this season and one of the reasons the Cubs are behind in the National League Central.

"We've got the crew here to do it," Hill said about the possibility of putting together a long winning streak. "To have the adrenaline from winning, it carries over to the next day, and it gets easier and easier.

"Coming here every day and digging down inside to find that motivation every day -- not to say that we're lacking motivation at all -- but [we need to build] on that momentum," he said. "When you don't have that, you have to muster it up, and it can be grinding."