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Sunday, May 16, 2004

As frustrated as I was four days ago, I am feeling remarkably upbeat today. In a game where Glendon Rusch started in place of Kerry Wood (sore triceps). Jose Macias started for the sore-shouldered/flu symptom beleaguered Todd Walker. Ramon Martinez started in place of fractured wrist Alex Gonzalez, and Todd Hollandsworth played for Sammy Sosa (back spasms induced by sneezing)... I have to say this: The Cubs are deep. I should also throw in the fact that Francis Beltran won the game today even though he probably wouldn't be on the twenty five man roster if Mike Remlinger were healthy.

OK, OK, what happened? The Cubs completed their sweep of the Padres, winning 4-2 to finish their west coast trip 4-2. It wasn't pretty, but it wasn't ugly either - the Cubs just showed they were better than the Padres this weekend. Rusch pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs. Beltran pitched 1 1/3 innings, leaving two inherited runners stranded, and then walking and stranding two runners himself. The bullpen pitched 4 1/3 innings of no-run baseball, and LaTroy Hawkins, Kyle Farnsworth, and Joe Borowski all threw 1-2-3 innings to close out the game. Offensively, Jose Macias went 3 for 5, with a home run and two runs scored. Michael Barrett also hit a solo dinger, which was his fifth of the season.

Around baseball, Ben Sheets struck out 18 Braves in nine-innings today... Kerry will eventually get more than 20, although Prior might beat him to it. Mike Piazza hit a two run home run in the the ninth to spoil Roger Clemen's would-be eighth win. The Mets wound up winning in the 13th inning on a Jason Phillips dinger, which has allowed the Cubs to pull even in the NL Central.

Posted by Byron at May 16, 2004 12:00 AM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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