Chicago at Florida

Chi. Cubs
W: K. Wood (2-2) L: G. Mota (1-2)
HR: CHC - D. Lee (26), T. Walker (3)   FLA - J. Conine (2)

Lee comes back with a bang as Cubs cruise past Marlins

CBS wire reports

MIAMI -- Even when Derrek Lee's timing is off, he's on.

Lee hit his 26th homer in his return to the lineup, Todd Walker homered and drove in three runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Florida Marlins 8-2 on Saturday night.

Kerry Wood (2-2) limited the Marlins to six hits -- including Jeff Conine's solo homer -- in 7 2/3 innings for his first win in 2½ months. Chicago won its second straight following an eight-game losing streak.

Lee, second in the majors to Atlanta's Andruw Jones in homers, returned after missing three games because of irritation in his left shoulder. His solo shot off rookie Scott Olsen in the fourth gave him 68 RBI.

"I felt like I was in slow motion a little bit," Lee said. "Hopefully, it'll come back quick."

Cubs rookie Adam Greenberg was hit in the head by the first pitch he faced in the major leagues in the ninth.

"What a way to start your career," manager Dusty Baker said. "I hope he's OK. I'm sure he'll never forget that opening at-bat."

Greenberg, pinch hitting for Will Ohman, had no chance to get out of the way of Valerio De los Santos' first pitch, which struck him on the side of the helmet.

"That was not supposed to happen," De los Santos said. "I don't know if it was the weather, but that ball got away from me. I want to know if he's 100 percent. It really hurt me. It hurt him, but it hurt me, too."

Greenberg was given a warm ovation from the crowd of 22,863 when he got up after remaining on the ground for several minutes and walked off the field.

"He never lost consciousness and he was able to answer questions for us right out there on the field," Cubs trainer Mark O'Neal said.

Greenberg's parents rushed into Chicago's training room after the game to see their son, who was getting ice treatments.

"I'm sure it was pretty nerve wracking seeing their son get hit in the head, especially in his first at-bat in the major leagues, but they were just checking on him," Lee said. "He's fine."

Marlins manager Jack McKeon was ejected by third base umpire Jerry Layne when he came out to argue ruling of a fair ball on Jerry Hairston's tying RBI double off Guillermo Mota (1-2) with two outs in the seventh.

Walker followed with his third homer of the season to put Chicago ahead 4-2. He added an RBI double in the ninth and Jose Macias hit a two-run double off Jim Mecir to make it 7-2. Michael Barrett's run-scoring single increased the Cubs' lead to six.

No rain fell during the game, which was played with a 26 mph wind blowing from right field to left in the wake of Hurricane Dennis moving up the Gulf of Mexico.

Wood, who last won on April 24, a 5-2 win in Pittsburgh, struck out four in his third start since returning from a right shoulder strain.

After Lee's homer put the Cubs up 1-0, Conine tied it on his second homer of the season on a 3-2 pitch from Wood leading off the fifth. The Marlins took a 2-1 lead later in the inning on Juan Pierre's two-out RBI single.

Olsen held Chicago to four hits in six innings in his third major league start.


  • Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez was replaced by Macias in the seventh after he fouled a ball off his left big toe in the sixth. X-rays were negative.
  • The game began with three umpires because of the late arrival of Casey Moser, a replacement for Paul Emmel, who had to attend to personal matters. Moser, a Pacific Coast League umpire, arrived in the fifth inning and took over at second base from Layne, who moved to third.
  • Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano pinch ran for Greenberg and scored on Walker's RBI double.
  • Conine started in right field in place of Juan Encarnacion, who was hit by a pitch on his left forearm in the ninth inning of Friday's 9-6 loss. Encarnacion said he was available to hit.
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Derrek Lee's shot off Scott Olsen gives him 26 home runs and 68 RBI this season.  (AP)
Derrek Lee's shot off Scott Olsen gives him 26 home runs and 68 RBI this season. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Conine
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

T. Walker
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Chicago Cubs
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Todd Walker, 2B4233101 .305
Derrek Lee, 1B4211113 .375
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3000011 .298
    Jose Macias, 3B2111000 .278
Michael Barrett, C2012300 .263
Jeromy Burnitz, RF5000023 .276
Neifi Perez, SS4110002 .259
Matthew Murton, LF2000000 .500
   a- Todd Hollandsworth, PH-LF2000011 .276
Kerry Wood, P3000021 .067
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
   b- Adam Greenberg, PH0000000 .000
    Carlos Zambrano, PR0100000 .231
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Murton in the 7th
b-hit by pitch for Ohman in the 9th
2B - Jerry Hairston Jr. (14, Mota), Todd Walker (13, De Los Santos), Jose Macias (6, Mecir), Neifi Perez (12, Mota)
HR - Todd Walker (3, Mota), Derrek Lee (26, Olsen)
RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (13), Todd Walker 3 (17), Derrek Lee (68), Jose Macias (5), Michael Barrett 2 (38)
2-OUT RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (6), Todd Walker 3 (8), Jose Macias (1), Michael Barrett 2 (13)
CS - Michael Barrett (1, 2nd base by Olsen/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Jeromy Burnitz 1
Chicago Cubs
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Will Ohman (H,6) 0.1000000 2.14
Roberto Novoa 1000010 4.20
Pitches-Strikes - Kerry Wood 104-69, Will Ohman 3-1, Roberto Novoa 9-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kerry Wood 10-8, Roberto Novoa 1-1
Batters Faced - Kerry Wood 29, Will Ohman 1, Roberto Novoa 3
Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF3021100 .269
Luis Castillo, 2B4000012 .328
Carlos Delgado, 1B4000021 .287
Miguel Cabrera, LF4010010 .334
Paul Lo Duca, C4000001 .288
Jeff Conine, RF4121001 .261
Mike Lowell, 3B3000002 .228
Alex Gonzalez, SS3110001 .283
Scott Olsen, P1000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   a- Lenny Harris, PH1000010 .306
    Valerio De Los Santos, P0000000 .000
    Jim Mecir, P0000000 .000
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3B - Juan Pierre (8, Wood)
HR - Jeff Conine (2, Wood)
SH - Scott Olsen (1)
RBI - Juan Pierre (23), Jeff Conine (11)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (10)
Team LOB - 4
E - Carlos Delgado (7, Wild throw), Scott Olsen (1, Wild pickoff attempt)
Florida Marlins
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Guillermo Mota (BS,1; L,1-2) 2333121 4.68
Valerio De Los Santos 0.2133110 3.21
Jim Mecir 0.1211010 3.82
IBB - Lee by Valerio De Los Santos
HBP - Greenberg (by Valerio De Los Santos)
WP - Scott Olsen (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 96-60, Guillermo Mota 43-25, Valerio De Los Santos 18-11, Jim Mecir 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 3-10, Guillermo Mota 2-2, Valerio De Los Santos 1-0
Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 24, Guillermo Mota 10, Valerio De Los Santos 5, Jim Mecir 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22863
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Ed Montague, Second Base - Casey Moser, Third Base - Jerry Layne