Game Twelve – Cubs 4 Dodgers 1
Updated – 11:40pm C.T. with update on Angel Pagan
Greg Maddux has discovered the fountain of youth….or just a very good off-season program. Maddux was unbelievable against the Dodgers on Monday night. Maddux turned 40 last Friday and looks more like the 30-year old that pitched in Atlanta oh so many years ago. Maddux held the Dodgers to just 3 hits in 8 innings of work and lowered his ERA to 1.33. Maddux did not allow a free pass and struck out six….all on 87 pitches….the game only lasted 1 hour and 59 minutes.
Todd Walker got the Cubs on the board in the 1st with a solo home run to left….his 100th home run of his career. Ryan Dempster came in the 9th and picked up the save….his 22nd in a row to tie the Cubs’ record and his 3rd on the season. But Monday belonged to Greg Maddux…. The Cubs were very efficient at the plate banging out 8 hits and scoring 4 runs….the Cubs only left 2 on base. Brett Tomko was on the losing end of a masterpiece by Maddux. Other than Walker’s home run, the Cubs managed 3 runs….all in the 5th inning.
Matt Murton led of the 5th with a walk, Ronny Cedeno hit behind Murton on a hit a run….a perfect execution and Murton went to 3rd. Greg Maddux, after striking out on a bunt attempt in the 3rd, stepped to the plate. Maddux singled to score Murton and then on a perfect bunt by Juan Pierre, Ronny Cedeno scored….no RBI given on the play. Maddux then scored on a sac fly by Todd Walker….Derrek Lee, who was 0-4 on the night, hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Maddux was masterful. Out of his 87 pitches 57 were strikes. He picked off Rafael Furcal from 2nd base, with a little help from Ronny Cedeno. He singled in a run and scored a run. This was win number 321 in the Hall of Fame career of Greg Maddux and his first as a 40-year old….where is his fountain of youth?
This will go down as one of his best outings in his career. Only two Dodgers reached as far as second base. Only two Dodgers were on base at the same time and that was the inning the Dodgers scored their lone run. Maddux only faced two over the minimum. Maddux received a solid defensive effort behind him….but Monday was all Greg Maddux.
The Cubs are now 4 games over .500.
Update on Pagan – According to a report on Cubs.com, Angel Pagan will be out four to six weeks with a significant strain of his hamstring with a partial tear of the tendon.