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Capuano throws complete-game shutout to slam door on Cubs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Chris Capuano tried not to envision his first major league complete game.

"I was just hoping to make it through five with the big lead we had," he said. "I tried not to think about it too much, but I couldn't help it."

Capuano wound up pitching a five-hitter for his first career complete game and shutout, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 9-0 Sunday.

He had an anxious moment with two outs in the ninth, when Todd Walker singled off the center-field wall.

"I'm thinking just one more," he said. "Then he hit that ball. I didn't think it was going to be that close to a home run. At that point I was a little anxious."

He then retired pinch-hitter John Mabry on a game-ending groundout.

Making his 63rd major league start, Capuano (4-2) struck out six and walked none. He retired 11 straight until Michael Barrett's leadoff single in the eighth. Chicago did not advance a runner past second base.

Capuano's previous longest outings were 8 1/3 innings in back-to-back starts last year, at Washington on May 18 and against Colorado five days later.

"He was changing speeds with his fastball," Walker said. "He's crafty, meaning that he throws 89, 90 (mph), but also he also throws 86, 87, so that 86, 87 ball is darting down. He's got an unusual kind of release point -- he gets on you quicker than you are used to. I took some funky swings at him."

Carlos Lee hit his 10th homer to set a Brewers' April record. Bill Hall singled, tripled and homered to drive in three runs for Milwaukee, which has won five of six.

Taking advantage of a strong wind blowing out to left, Lee connected in the second inning off Carlos Zambrano. Rob Deer (1987) and Geoff Jenkins (2000 and 2001) both hit nine April homers for the Brewers.

"It seems like every time I face him, I see the ball pretty good against him and I have good at-bats," Lee said.

Zambrano (0-2) allowed seven runs, eight hits and five walks in four-plus innings. He faced seven batters in the fifth without getting an out and allowing four hits and three walks.

Zambrano finished April winless for the first time since he became a starter in mid-2002.

"I still have a long way to go," he said. "I think I have to work on my command. I'm leaving too many pitches in the middle."

Chicago finished April 13-10 despite not getting a win from Mark Prior, Kerry Wood and Zambrano. Prior and Wood are on the disabled list and have not yet pitch with the Cubs this season.

Zambrano has tried to control his emotions on the mound this season, and Cubs manager Dusty Bakers wants Zambrano to go back to his old ways.

"Quite frankly, I want the animated, demonstrative, angry Z to return to tell you the truth, because this new calm Z (is not) working, so we want the old Z back," Baker said.

A day after the Brewers routed the Cubs 16-2, Lee homered for the game's first run, and Jenkins hit a run-scoring infield single in the third.

Milwaukee added five runs in the fifth, batting around for the third time in two games. Rickie Weeks doubled leading off, Hall tripled and Jenkins doubled off the ivy in left to make it 4-0.

Zambrano threw a pitch behind Lee, causing plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt to warn both dugouts, and the pitcher and batter exchanged words.

"You expect Zambrano to be pretty dominant every time he goes out there," Capuano said. "But we've seen that before, if you can get to him."

Zambrano said he wasn't distracted in the fifth inning.

"I didn't lose my concentration. That ball ran out of my hand," he said. "I didn't try to hit Lee. If I tried to hit Lee, I would've."

Walks to Lee and Prince Fielder loaded the bases, and Corey Koskie followed with a two-run double. Reliever Scott Willamson threw a run-scoring wild pitch.

Hall added a two-run homer off Scott Eyre in the eighth.

Notes

  • Cubs SS Ronny Cedeno made a diving stop behind second base to rob Jenkins of a hit in the first inning.
  • In the process of a making a diving catch and stealing a base hit away from Damian Miller in the fourth inning, Cubs RF Jacque Jones hit the grass and made a splash while diving on the wet grass.
  • The start was delayed 30 minutes by rain.
 
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Fourth-year pro Chris Capuano throws his first career complete game, allowing five hits in the shutout.  (AP)
Fourth-year pro Chris Capuano throws his first career complete game, allowing five hits in the shutout. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

C. Capuano
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 0
K 6
Milwaukee

B. Hall
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4220112 .273
Bill Hall, SS4233110 .323
Geoff Jenkins, RF5122022 .290
Carlos Lee, LF4211104 .297
Prince Fielder, 1B4010112 .344
Corey Koskie, 3B5112011 .294
Damian Miller, C4000131 .302
Brady Clark, CF3110101 .205
Chris Capuano, P3000023 .077
Totals36911861116 
Batting
2B - Rickie Weeks (2, Zambrano), Geoff Jenkins (7, Zambrano), Prince Fielder (5, Zambrano), Corey Koskie (8, Zambrano), Brady Clark (4, Zambrano)
3B - Bill Hall (1, Zambrano)
HR - Bill Hall (5, Eyre), Carlos Lee (10, Zambrano)
SH - Chris Capuano (2)
RBI - Bill Hall 3 (10), Geoff Jenkins 2 (13), Carlos Lee (20), Corey Koskie 2 (6)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Hall-Weeks-Fielder
E - Bill Hall (4, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano (W,4-2) 9500060 2.36
WP - Chris Capuano (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 91-69
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 13-7
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 31
Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF3000000 .258
    Freddie Bynum, CF1000010 .235
Ronny Cedeno, SS4010001 .308
Todd Walker, 1B4020010 .358
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3000012 .197
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
   a- John Mabry, PH1000001 .280
Matt Murton, LF2000012 .286
    Scott Williamson, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
   b- Neifi Perez, PH-3B1000000 .167
Michael Barrett, C3010000 .286
Jacque Jones, RF3000011 .228
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B3010000 .257
Carlos Zambrano, P1000000 .083
    Michael Restovich, LF2000011 .222
Totals31050068 
a-grounded out for Dempster in the 9th
b-grounded out for Ohman in the 7th
Batting
CS - Ronny Cedeno (2, 2nd base by Capuano/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Ramirez-Barrett-Walker
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Zambrano (L,0-2) 4877551 5.35
Scott Williamson 2200020 3.86
Will Ohman 1000010 12.38
Scott Eyre 1122121 2.13
Ryan Dempster 1000010 1.38
IBB - Clark by Carlos Zambrano
WP - Carlos Zambrano (1), Scott Williamson (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 103-59, Scott Williamson 28-19, Will Ohman 9-7, Scott Eyre 20-12, Ryan Dempster 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 5-2, Scott Williamson 2-1, Scott Eyre 1-0, Ryan Dempster 2-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 25, Scott Williamson 7, Will Ohman 3, Scott Eyre 5, Ryan Dempster 3
Game Information
Attendance - 39229
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Angel Hernandez