Friday, May 06, 2005

Is Derrek Lee hot or what?

With Mark Prior pitching a strong game, the Cubs still trailed 0-1 in the bottom of the 8th. Pinch hitter Jose Macias lead off with a single and Jerry Hairston Jr. sacrified him to second. That closed the book on Cory Lidle, who had pitched a four hit gem. Rheal Cormier got Corey Patterson to ground out, advancing Macias to 3rd with Derrek Lee at the plate. Instead of intentionally walking the only major leaguer hitting above .400, the Phillies went to their closer Billy Wagner. After three straight ball, Wagner decided that pitching around Lee would make him a coward, so he challenged him. Brave decision, but also stupid as Lee hit a homerun to center field and the Cubs took the lead. The Cubs' "closer by lack of alternatives" LaTroy Hawkins threw nearly as hard a Wagner and with even less success. He allowed two singles and a walk to load the bases. Then, Placido Polanco hits a liner directly into Hawkins glove. He then checked third, second and finally threw it to first, hitting the runner in the back. Of course, the ball ricochet into the stands, allowing the runners to advance two bases, giving the Phillies the lead. Billy Wagner came to the plate so he could save his own win. The Cubs went quietly in the 9th and lost a game so typically for their season so far: Good starting pitching, cold hitters except for a hot Derrek Lee and a shaky closer.


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