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No No-No for Milton, but Cubs lose

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Trust me, losing isn't lovable

In this year, the Cubs' year, nothing it seems has gone to plan. The Cubs were supposed to dominate all the way to the NL pennant... no one expected Mark Prior to have a sore achilles, for Sammy to sneeze, for Kerry to feel discomfort in his elbow, or for the rest of the team to go down with everything short of internal parasites... and no one expected Eric Milton would throw a no-hitter for 8 innings against the Cubs.

The irony of the game is that Doug Glanville was inserted into the game in the 9th as a defensive replacement. In his first chance in the outfield, Glanville broke back on a Michael Barrett Texas Leaguer, and then came sprinting in too late to catch the ball.

Eric Milton then retired the next two batters, which would have capped off his no-no, except Barrett was standing on second. A clean Mark Grudzielanek single up the middle followed by a Corey Patterson double off the centerfield wall nearly 400 feet away scored both Barrett and Patterson to tie the game. With the no-hitter and shut out gone, Larry Bowa replaced Eric Milton to pull the plug on the complete game as well.

Two pitches later, Ryan Madison retired Sammy Sosa on a ground ball to Jimmy Rollins.

Jim Thome lead off the bottom of the ninth by walking, and was advanced to second by Doug Glanville's sacrifice bunt. A Pat Burrell single scored Thome from second and LaTroy Hawkins picked up his 3rd loss.

Speaking of which... Does your team need a weak hitting, speedy centerfielder with a solid glove, and a reputation for good veteran leadership? Rumor is Doug Glanville is available.

Steve Stone summed it up well: "For the Cubs, another bitter loss."

The last time the Cubs played nine innings without recording a hit (or even a walk) was in 1965 when Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game. That Cubs' lineup included Glenn Beckert, Don Kessinger, Ron Santo, Billy Williams, and Ernie Banks.

Trust me, losing isn't lovable

The Cubs lost on Saturday 4-3. Despite home runs from Sammy, Derrek, and Aramis... all three dingers were solo.

Posted by Byron at July 25, 2004 2:37 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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