Posted on 04 May 2009 by Lou
The Cubs defeated the Marlins 6-4 on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field to take 3 of 4 games from the Marlins during the weekend series. The Cubs have won 3 straight games and are 3.5 games behind the 1st place St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central Division.
The win did not come without a cost. Starter Carlos Zambrano, who earned his 3rd win of the season, injured his left hamstring while beating out a bunt single in the 5th inning. Zambrano initially stayed in the game, but came out shortly thereafter because of tightness in the leg. The Cubs will likely take a cautious approach with Zambrano and that means he could be placed on the disabled list. The Cubs do not want Zambrano to alter his pitching motion in order to compensate for the injury to his hamstring, so the only way to do that could be to shut him down for 15 days. We’ll have more as the Cubs update his status over the next few days.
Zambrano’s bunt single actually started the key rally for the Cubs in the 5th inning. Soriano flied out after Zambrano’s bunt, and then Ryan Theriot also bunted for a single to send pinch-runner Rich Harden to 2nd base. Kosuke Fukodome then reached on an error by 1st baseman Ross Gload which kept the inning going for Derrek Lee. And D Lee made them pay – hitting a grand slam to give the Cubs the commmanding 6-2 lead. Aaron Miles had an RBI double in the 2nd inning and Mike Fontenot hit a solo home run in the 4th inning – his 5th home run of the year.
Zambrano pitched effectively through the games first 5 innings – 2 earned runs on 4 hits and 1 walk. Zambrano also had 1 K. Angel Guzman gave up 1 run over 2 innings of work, and Carlos Marmol gave up a run on a solo home run to John Baker. But Kevin Gregg shut the door on his former team for his 2nd straight save and 3rd overall on the season.
Before the Sunday matinee, the Cubs retired the #31 to honor 2 legendary Cubs pitchers – Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux.
The Cubs start a 2-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night. Ryan Dempster will face Jonathan Sanchez in the opener, while Sean Marshall will duel defending-Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum in Tuesday’s matinee finale.
Posted on 03 May 2009 by Lou
The Chicago Cubs will retire # 31 to honor the careers of Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux on Sunday afternoon before the Cubs – Marlins game. The ceremony is set to start at 12:40PM CST.
Check out the Jenkins & Maddux Career Numbers here and get ready to celebrate the careers of 2 great Chicago Cubs pitchers…
Posted on 20 March 2009 by Lou
Add #31 to the list – the Chicago Cubs will retire No. 31 in honor of Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins and future Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux. The retirement ceremony will take place before the Cubs May 3rd game against the Florida Marlins at Wrigley Field. Jenkins has probably had to wait to have the No. 31 retired until Maddux retired from MLB this past December. The #31 will be the 5th number retired by the Cubs, joining the likes of Ron Santo (No. 10); Ryne Sandberg (No. 23); Billy Williams (No. 26) and Jackie Robinson (No. 42 – retired by Major League Baseball).
Ferguson Jenkins had this to say about the upcoming honor – “Both of us had pretty good careers wearing that uniform number. Maddux won quite a few games, a few more than I did. Most of the fans remember your number and that’s what this is for, the fans. To have your flag flowing with four other great players – Santo, Ryno, Ernie and Billy – is fantastic. Now with Greg Maddux, there will be six of us. We all had outstanding careers as a Cub.”
Jenkins pitched for the Cubs from 1966-1973 and from 1982-1983. Jenkins won a Cy Young Award for the Cubs in 1971. Jenkins still holds the Cubs strikeout honor with 2,038 total strikeouts. Jenkins had a career 284-226 record and a career 3.34 ERA. Jenkins also had 3,192 career strikeouts and 997 career walks.
Maddux had this to say about wearing the No. 31 during his years as a Cub – “I thought that was pretty cool that they gave me Fergie’s number because I knew he was one of the best pitchers to ever play for the Cubs and in baseball period. It was an honor to have his number.”
Maddux pitched for the Cubs from 1986-1992 and then again from 2004-2006. Maddux won 4 Cy Young Awards during his career – his 1st came with the Cubs in 1992 and he followed that up with 3 more consecutive Cy Young Awards in an Atlanta Braves uniform from 1993-1995. Maddux finished his career with a 355-227 career record and a career 3.16 ERA. Maddux had 3,371 career strikeouts and stands 5th on the Cubs strikeout list with 1,305 strikeouts. Maddux also notched 2 significant milestones in a Cubs uniform – he won his 300th game on August 7, 2004 and he recorded his 3,000th career strikeout on July 26, 2005.