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The Chronicles of Glory and Suffering
Whether from friend or foe, the Cubs 2004 season has been full of dramatic plays in the late innings. In the Cubdom.com's Chronicle of Glory and Suffering, we relive the late inning heroics of batters, and the crushing defeats of pitchers.
April 9th, 2004
Behind in the 9th inning, the Cubs score a run to tie John Smoltz and then another off Will Cunane in the 15th to win. Cubs 2, Braves 1.
April 10th, 2004
Andy Pratt takes the loss as the Cubs surrender 4 runs and the lead in the eighth inning in Atlanta. Cubs 2, Braves 5.
April 16th, 2004
Danny Graves blows the save in the ninth inning by giving up back to back jacks to Moises and Sammy. Cubs 11, Reds 10.
April 17th, 2004
Kerry Wood gives up 2 runs in the ninth inning in a failed bid for a complete game. Cubs 2, Reds 3.
April 18th, 2004
Joe Borowski allows 2 runs in the top of the tenth inning, but the Cubs can only muster 1 in response during the bottom of the tenth. They fall to the Reds. Cubs 10, Reds 11.
April 28th, 2004
LaTroy Hawkins surrenders Steve Finley's third home run of the day in the eigth inning tieing the game. But, the Cubs come back in the 9th to win on an Alex Gonzalez home run off of Matt Mantei. Cubs 4, DBacks 3
April 30th, 2004
With Michael Barrett on third, the Cardinals Ray King throws a wild pitch in the seventh inning allowing Barrett to tie the game. In the ninth, Kyle Farnsworth walks home the winning run to give the Cards a victory. Cubs 3, Cards 4.
May 2nd, 2004
After Carlos Zambrano and Matt Moris combine for 16 innings of shutout baseball in a thrilling pitchers duel, Kyle Farnsworth walks the bases full and then allows the first run of the game in the tenth inning on a Scott Rolen single over the drawn in outfield. Cubs 0, St. Louis 1.
May 9th, 2004
Joe Borowski gives up a home run to Todd Helton which breaks the tie score in the top of the tenth. Aramis Ramirez answers back in the bottom of the tenth by re-tieing the game with his own gopher ball off of the Rockies Javier Lopez. In the bottom of the 13th, the Cubs win the game when Corey Patterson singles with Derrek Lee on third. Cubs 5, Rockies 4.
May 19th, 2004
With the Cubs down 2-3, Giants pitcher Scott Eyre walks Corey Patterson who then advances to 3rd on Ramon Martinez' single. Jason Dubois records his first career RBI with a sacrifice fly to right field tieing the game. In the tenth inning, Felipe Alou brings in Jim Brower to face Moises Alou who hits a home run to beat his father's team. Cubs 4, Giants 3.
May 20th, 2004
Moises Alou hits a two run homer against Felix Rodriguez to tie the game in the seventh. But in the tenth inning, Joe Borowski surrenders a two run homer to Giants second baseman Neifi Perez giving the Giants the win. Cubs 3, Giants 5.
May 28th, 2004
In the first game of a double header, Michael Barrett hits a grand slam off of the Pirates Mike Johnston to give the Cubs a seventh inning lead. However, new father Rob Mackowiac returns the favor with his own grand slam off of Joe Borowski to win the game for the Bucs. Cubs 5, Pirates 9.
In the nightcap, LaTroy Hawkins surrenders a two run home run to Mackowiak to tie the game in the 9th innning. In the tenth, Francis Beltran throws one pitch to Craig Wilson who deposits the ball over the fence to give the Pirates a double header sweep. Pirates 5, Cubs 4.
May 30th, 2004
Derrek Lee singles off of Brian Boehringer to drive in Moises Alou breaking a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning. Pirates reliever John Grabow is credited with the loss as the Cubs go on to blow out the Pirates. Cubs 12, Pirates 1.
June 1st, 2004
Astros third baseman Mike Lamb doubles in two 8th inning runs against Kyle Farnsworth. The double breaks the tie, and ends up being the deciding run in the Cubs loss. Cubs 3, Astros 5.
June 4th, 2004
Todd Hollandsworth drives in Moises Alou to give the Cubs a 1-0 eighth inning lead off of the Pirates Brian Meadows. However, the lead is short lived as Joe Borowski allows two runs in the 9th inning, giving the Pirates a win. Cubs 1, Pirates 2.
June 5th, 2004
After pitching 6 shutout innings, Carlos Zambrano surrenders a home run to Pirates Centerfielder Jason Bay. However, the Cubs offense comes to life in the bottom of the seventh touching Pirates starter Kris Benson for three runs en route to a Cubs win. Cubs 6, Pirates 1.
June 6th, 2004
Aramis Ramirez leads off the seventh inning with a home run off the Pirates Ryan Vogelsong to tie the game. Later that inning, Michael Barrett drives in Todd Hollandsworth on a sacrifice fly giving the Cubs a come from behind victory, and allowing Greg Maddux to notch his fifth win of 2004. Cubs 4, Pirates 1.
June 13th, 2004
With the score tied at one apiece heading into the top of the seventh inning, Derrek Lee hit his 8th home run to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead. In the top of the eighth inning, Moises Alou and Aramis Ramirez scored two more runs giving the Cubs a 4-1 lead, but the Angels responded in the bottom of the eighth with 3 runs of their own. A walk to David Eckstein and a Vladimir Guerrero single followed by Garret Anderson's home run let the Angels back in the game. The score remained tied at 4-4 until the eleventh inning when both teams manufactured a run in their half of the inning. In the 15th inning, after 5 hours and 8 minutes, the Cubs won the game when Todd Walker singled in Ramon Martinez and John Leicester shut down the Angels offense. Leicester won his first big league ball game, and the Cubs won their second game in a row. Cubs 6, Angels 5.
June 15th, 2004
In Houston for Dusty Baker's birthday, the Cubs trailed 1-2 going into the top of the ninth inning. Tom Goodwin hit a flyball off of Octavio Dotel that Lance Berkman misplayed. Two batters later, Aramis Ramirez singled in Goodwin to knot the game at two. Following an intentional walk to Derrek Lee and a single by Michael Barrett, Ramon Martinez singled in Ramirez and Lee to give the Cubs a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the ninth, LaTroy Hawkins allowed a lead off double to Jose Vizcaino before retiring Lance Berkman, Jeff Kent, and Morgan Ensberg. Hawkins was credited with his sixth save and the Cubs stretched their winning streak to 4. Cubs 4, Astros 2.
June 16th, 2004
The Cubs entered the seventh inning trailing 1-0 against the Astros. Tim Redding and Greg Maddux were locked in a pitcher's duel when Corey Patterson bunted for a single, and took second on an errant throw by Astro's catcher Brad Ausmus. Paul Bako then doubled, driving in Patterson. After Maddux sacrificed Bako to third, Todd Walker hit a sac fly to drive in Bako. In the eighth inning, the Cubs added two more runs when Todd Hollandsworth tripled in Aramis Ramirez, and then Derrek Lee hit a sac fly to drive in Hollandsworth. Maddux was credited with his 295th win, and Redding took the loss as the Cubs won their fifth straight game. Cubs 4, Astros 1.
June 17th, 2004
With the score tied 2-2 in the top of the seventh inning at Minute-Maid Park, Corey Patterson doubled with two outs. Moises Alou followed with a run-scoring single to drive in Patterson. After another single by Todd Hollandsworth, Derrek Lee singled in Alou. When Lance Berkman's throw went over the catcher's head, Todd Hollandsworth tried to take the plate, but was tagged out in a very close play at home. Then, in the top of the ninth, Corey Patterson got the Cubs offense rolling again when he hit a lead-off triple to center field. Moises Alou then drove in his third run of the night on the next pitch. The insurance run proved vital as Jason Lane hit a two run home run off of LaTroy Hawkins in the ninth. The Cubs won the game, and swept the four game series against the Astros, the first time this had occured since 1967. Cubs 5, Astros 4.
June 19th, 2004
Down 1-3 in the seventh inning, the Cubs began their rally when Mark Grudzielanek, who had been activated off the DL that morning doubled off Oakland's Mark Mulder. Michael Barrett then singled to drive in Grudzielanek. Still trailing 2-3 in the bottom of the ninth, pinch hitters Todd Hollandsworth and Todd Walker got back-to-back singles ahead of Barrett who hit a "walk-off" two-run double. Oakland's Chad Bradford was charged with the loss and his second blown save, while Kyle Farnsworth earned his second win. Cubs 4, Athletics 3.
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