Toronto at Chicago

Chi. Cubs
W: G. Chacin (6-4) L: J. Koronka (1-1)
S: M. Batista (10)
HR: TOR - R. Johnson (5)   CHC - A. Ramirez (12)

Blue Jays nest quite nicely at Wrigley Field

CBS wire reports

CHICAGO -- Gustavo Chacin and the Toronto Blue Jays made themselves right at home in their first visit to Wrigley Field.

Chacin cooled off the Chicago Cubs with seven shutout innings and Reed Johnson hit a three-run homer Monday night, sending the Blue Jays to a 4-1 interleague victory.

"They're playing great and they got hot guys," Chacin said. "You got to be careful."

Chacin (6-4) won a matchup of rookie left-handers, outpitching John Koronka. Chacin allowed five hits, struck out a career-high six and was backed by two double plays.

The Blue Jays were struggling after losing series in Seattle and Oakland, but they won for the fourth time in 11 games.

The Cubs, meanwhile, had won nine of 10 and went 6-1 on their West Coast swing to Los Angeles and San Diego.

"The guy threw a good game against us. A major difference is the fact we didn't know him," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "He probably knew more about us than we did him."

Johnson's fifth homer came in the second and was set up when the Cubs didn't make a play on a bunt.

Gregg Zaun singled and was forced at second by John McDonald. When Chacin bunted, Koronka picked up the ball and threw late to second.

"We didn't know the speed of McDonald," Baker said.

The relay to first didn't get Chacin, either.

"Chacin did his thing pitching and he got down the line on the bunt, hustling," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He shut down a hot team."

After McDonald stole third, Johnson homered to left-center on a 3-2 pitch for a 4-0 lead.

"To hit a home run in Wrigley Field is a pretty good feeling," Johnson said. "I didn't even realize it until I sat down in the dugout and looked out onto the field and watched the rest of the inning."

Vinnie Chulk gave up a leadoff homer to Aramis Ramirez in the ninth before Miguel Batista got three outs for his 10th save in 11 chances. With runners at the corners, he got Jose Macias to ground into a game-ending double play.

"We saw (Chacin) on film. But today he was pitching backward compared to what we'd seen," Cubs catcher Michael Barrett said. "We had a good scouting report, but he didn't do anything we'd seen until he got in trouble. We really didn't put pressure on him all game."

Aaron Hill hit a two-out RBI single in the first to score Vernon Wells, who doubled.

The Cubs loaded the bases with one out in the second when Koronka worked a walk after an error and a single. But Jerry Hairston hit into a 6-4-3 double play.

"After I walked the pitcher, I felt bad. I threw a sinker down and I was able to get out of that inning," Chacin said.

Koronka (1-1) allowed six hits and four runs in six innings and was also pitching at Wrigley for the first time. He said he wasn't as nervous as he was anxious. And he thought he could get McDonald at second on the bunt.

"I heard a couple of yells going to second. I think we had him. I should have put a little more on it," Koronka said. "But I wanted to make an accurate throw and it ended up we didn't get him at first, either."


  • Eight of Johnson's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.
  • It is the second interleague meeting between the teams. Toronto won two of three at home in 2003. Johnson homered twice in the series finale that season, won by the Blue Jays 5-4 in 10 innings.
  • Derrek Lee, leading the majors with a .385 average coming into the game, went 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch.
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Pitcher Gustavo Chacin thanks Reed Johnson for the run support provided by his second-inning shot.  (AP)
Pitcher Gustavo Chacin thanks Reed Johnson for the run support provided by his second-inning shot. (AP)

Players of the Game

R. Johnson
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

G. Chacin
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 6

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MLB Thursday winners and losers (0:57)
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF5123011 .294
Alex Rios, RF5000023 .284
Vernon Wells, CF4120010 .248
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B3000101 .304
Aaron Hill, 3B4011010 .344
Frank Menechino, 2B4000014 .186
    Vinnie Chulk, P0000000 .000
    Miguel Batista, P0000000 .000
Gregg Zaun, C3010102 .258
John McDonald, SS4110012 .328
Gustavo Chacin, P2100021 .000
    Orlando Hudson, 2B1000001 .260
2B - Vernon Wells (7, Koronka), John McDonald (3, Remlinger)
HR - Reed Johnson (5, Koronka)
SH - Gustavo Chacin (1)
RBI - Reed Johnson 3 (24), Aaron Hill (15)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hill (6)
SB - John McDonald (5, 3rd base off Koronka/Barrett)
Team LOB - 7
DP - McDonald-Menechino-Hillenbrand, Hill-Menechino-Hillenbrand, McDonald-Hillenbrand
E - Alex Rios (1, Dropped fly)
Toronto Blue Jays
Gustavo Chacin (W,6-4) 7500160 3.04
Vinnie Chulk 1111001 3.67
Miguel Batista (S,10) 1200010 1.85
HBP - Lee (by Gustavo Chacin)
WP - Gustavo Chacin (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Gustavo Chacin 97-61, Vinnie Chulk 11-7, Miguel Batista 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gustavo Chacin 9-5, Vinnie Chulk 2-1, Miguel Batista 1-0
Batters Faced - Gustavo Chacin 27, Vinnie Chulk 4, Miguel Batista 4
Chicago Cubs
Jerry Hairston Jr., CF3010001 .273
   a- Corey Patterson, PH-CF1000000 .265
Neifi Perez, SS4000021 .319
Derrek Lee, 1B3010010 .385
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4111003 .270
Jason Dubois, LF4010013 .264
Jeromy Burnitz, RF4000021 .261
Michael Barrett, C4020000 .280
Jose Macias, 2B4020002 .269
John Koronka, P1000110 .000
    Todd Wellemeyer, P0000000 .333
   b- Todd Hollandsworth, PH1000001 .226
    Joe Borowski, P0000000 .000
    Mike Remlinger, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Hairston in the 8th
b-grounded out for Wellemeyer in the 7th
2B - Jason Dubois (10, Batista), Jose Macias (3, Chacin)
HR - Aramis Ramirez (12, Chulk)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez (30)
SB - Jerry Hairston Jr. (6, 3rd base off Chacin/Zaun)
Team LOB - 7
E - Jerry Hairston Jr. (6, Misplayed fly ball)
Chicago Cubs
John Koronka (L,1-1) 6644251 5.73
Todd Wellemeyer 1000020 1.65
Joe Borowski 1000020 2.84
Mike Remlinger 1100000 4.61
Pitches-Strikes - John Koronka 103-62, Todd Wellemeyer 20-14, Joe Borowski 9-8, Mike Remlinger 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Koronka 9-6, Todd Wellemeyer 1-0, Mike Remlinger 3-0
Batters Faced - John Koronka 28, Todd Wellemeyer 3, Joe Borowski 3, Mike Remlinger 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38807
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Tim Tschida