Washington at Chicago

Final 12th
Chi. Cubs
W: J. Eischen (2-0) L: S. Mitre (2-4)
HR: WAS - B. Schneider (6)   CHC - A. Ramirez (18), J. Hairston (3)

Resilient Nats race to win No. 50 with sweep of Cubs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- The Washington Nationals did not let Chad Cordero's blown save affect them.

Brian Schneider hit a solo homer in the 12th inning, and the Nationals overcame Cordero's first blown save in more than two months to complete a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 5-4 victory Sunday.

The Nationals have won six straight to reach 50 wins faster than any season in franchise history. It was the first three-game sweep at Wrigley Field for the club since the Montreal Expos did it June 3-5, 1994.

Cordero's blown save was one of two by in the late innings by Washington pitchers, who also could not hold a two-run lead in the 11th.

"Nobody gets down. The only cry was 'Let's pick Chief up,"' said Nationals manager Frank Robinson, referring to Cordero.

Brad Wilkerson hit a two-run double in the 11th inning, and after the Cubs tied it again, Schneider hit his sixth homer with two outs in the 12th off Cubs reliever Sergio Mitre (2-4).

"You've got to give credit to our team," Schneider said. "Chad gave up the save but he's picked us up all year long, so it was our turn to pick him up."

Washington led 2-0 in the ninth before Aramis Ramirez hit his 18th homer, a two-run shot off Cordero that ended the closer's streak of 26 consecutive saves. It was Cordero's first blown save since April 21 at Atlanta, and third of the season.

"It was a little weird, but it was bound to happen sometime. It's better that it happens now rather than later," Cordero said.

The Cubs have lost four straight games.

Carlos Baerga singled off Glendon Rusch to open the 11th. Schneider followed with what appeared to be a double-play grounder to second baseman Todd Walker, but Walker threw the ball out of the reach of shortstop Neifi Perez, putting Baerga and Schneider on second.

After a botched squeeze attempt with two strikes by Jamey Carroll, Rusch walked pinch-hitter Wil Cordero to load the bases with one out. Wilkerson followed with a two-run double on a 3-1 count to deep center, giving the Nationals a 4-2 lead.

"You have to give them a little bit of credit for continuing to pound on us," Walker said. "They did all the things right this series."

Jerry Hairston led off the bottom of the 11th with a homer off Hector Carrasco. Carrasco then got two consecutive outs, but allowed back-to-back singles to Jeromy Burnitz and Ramirez to put runners at the corners.

Joey Eischen (2-0) came in and allowed a broken-bat double to Todd Hollandsworth, scoring Burnitz to tie the game at 4. Eischen also pitched the 12th for his first win since returning from a broken right wrist that landed him on the 60-day disabled list.

"We held together as a team and stuck with it," Robinson said. "We won a tough game on the road. That should give you an indication of what this team is all about."

Major-league batting leader Derrek Lee's only hit was a lined single off of Nationals starter Ryan Drese's right foot in the seventh. Drese met with trainers but stayed in the game for the rest of the inning before Luis Ayala replaced him to start the eighth.

"We did get some big hits, but they got more. They got the better of us," Lee said.

Drese pitched seven scoreless innings, only allowing four hits.

Claimed off waivers from Texas on June 10, Drese allowed a leadoff single to Jerry Hairston in the first inning and then retired 13 straight. Drese struck out one and walked none while throwing only 89 pitches in seven innings.

Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano pitched seven innings, allowing two runs and six hits. He struck out seven and walked three.


  • The Cubs honored soccer star Mia Hamm before the game. Hamm threw out the ceremonial first pitch to her husband, Nomar Garciaparra. Garciaparra is on the 60-day disabled list while recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left groin. Hamm also was the guest singer for "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."
  • Hairston played in place of Corey Patterson in center. Patterson is in a 2-for-20 slump and Cubs manager Dusty Baker indicated that he will probably give Patterson another day off on Monday at Atlanta.
  • The Nationals placed Nick Johnson on the 15-day disabled list after the game and promoted Matt Cepicky from Triple-A New Orleans.
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The Nats' Carlos Baerga and Brian Schneider embrace after the team's sixth straight win.  (AP)
The Nats' Carlos Baerga and Brian Schneider embrace after the team's sixth straight win. (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Wilkerson
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0

B. Schneider
AB 6
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Washington Nationals
Brad Wilkerson, CF5022101 .270
Junior Spivey, 2B5100146 .232
Jose Guillen, RF5130121 .310
Vinny Castilla, 3B4011204 .260
Marlon Byrd, LF6000044 .266
Carlos Baerga, 1B6120013 .286
Brian Schneider, C6222012 .271
Jamey Carroll, SS6000014 .242
Ryan Drese, P2000010 .000
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
   a- Rick Short, PH0000100 .500
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
    Sun-Woo Kim, P0000000 .000
   b- Wil Cordero, PH0000100 .119
    Tony Blanco, PR0000000 .250
    Hector Carrasco, P0000000 .000
    Joey Eischen, P00000001.000
a-walked for Ayala in the 9th
b-was walked intentionally for Kim in the 11th
2B - Brad Wilkerson (28, Rusch), Vinny Castilla (20, Zambrano)
HR - Brian Schneider (6, Mitre)
SH - Ryan Drese (2)
RBI - Brad Wilkerson 2 (31), Vinny Castilla (41), Brian Schneider 2 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Vinny Castilla (23), Brian Schneider 2 (9)
CS - Brad Wilkerson (6, 2nd base by Zambrano/Barrett)
Team LOB - 12
Washington Nationals
Ryan Drese 7400010 5.27
Luis Ayala (H,17) 1100020 2.94
Chad Cordero (BS,3) 1222011 1.25
Sun-Woo Kim 1000100 3.50
Hector Carrasco (H,7) 0.2322011 2.43
Joey Eischen (BS,1; W,2-0) 1.1100100 3.27
IBB - Perez by Joey Eischen
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Drese 89-0, Luis Ayala 16-0, Chad Cordero 23-0, Sun-Woo Kim 8-0, Hector Carrasco 19-0, Joey Eischen 25-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Drese 8-11, Luis Ayala 1-0, Sun-Woo Kim 1-1, Hector Carrasco 1-0, Joey Eischen 3-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Drese 24, Luis Ayala 4, Chad Cordero 5, Sun-Woo Kim 3, Hector Carrasco 5, Joey Eischen 6
Chicago Cubs
Jerry Hairston Jr., CF6131001 .274
Todd Walker, 2B6000012 .298
Derrek Lee, 1B5010001 .383
Jeromy Burnitz, RF5220001 .277
Aramis Ramirez, 3B5122001 .301
Todd Hollandsworth, LF5021021 .274
Neifi Perez, SS4000111 .269
Michael Barrett, C3000110 .261
    Corey Patterson, PR0000000 .236
    Henry Blanco, C1000003 .157
Carlos Zambrano, P2000000 .216
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
   a- Jose Macias, PH1010000 .271
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .077
   b- Jason Dubois, PH1000000 .246
    Glendon Rusch, P0000000 .143
    Sergio Mitre, P0000000 .364
   c- Ronny Cedeno, PH1000000 .261
a-doubled for Ohman in the 8th
b-grounded out for Dempster in the 10th
c-grounded out for Mitre in the 12th
2B - Jerry Hairston Jr. (13, Drese), Todd Hollandsworth (13, Eischen), Jose Macias (5, Ayala)
HR - Jerry Hairston Jr. (3, Carrasco), Aramis Ramirez (18, C. Cordero)
RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (10), Aramis Ramirez 2 (52), Todd Hollandsworth (27)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez 2 (17), Todd Hollandsworth (4)
CS - Jerry Hairston Jr. (8, 2nd base by Drese/Schneider), Corey Patterson (3, 2nd base by Kim/Schneider)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Barrett-Walker, Zambrano-Perez
E - Todd Walker (1, Wild throw), Carlos Zambrano 2 (2, Wild throw)
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Zambrano 7622370 3.85
Roberto Novoa 0.2100110 2.77
Will Ohman 0.1000010 1.93
Ryan Dempster 2000130 4.15
Glendon Rusch 0.1221110 3.35
Sergio Mitre (L,2-4) 1.2111111 5.51
IBB - Wilkerson by Carlos Zambrano, Cordero by Glendon Rusch
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 120-0, Roberto Novoa 17-0, Will Ohman 4-0, Ryan Dempster 34-0, Glendon Rusch 19-0, Sergio Mitre 25-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 7-6, Ryan Dempster 2-1, Glendon Rusch 1-0, Sergio Mitre 3-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 29, Roberto Novoa 4, Will Ohman 1, Ryan Dempster 7, Glendon Rusch 5, Sergio Mitre 7
Game Information
Attendance - 40006
Game Time - 3:47
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Brian O'Nora