The 39-year-old right-hander is just two strikeouts away from becoming the 13th player to reach 3,000 strikeouts. The four-time Cy Young Award winner is coming of a bizarre outing in a 9-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday afternoon.
Maddux lasted only five innings on a 90-degree day, allowing three runs and nine hits before turning a 5-3 lead over to the bullpen.
“I don’t know what did it,” Maddux said. “I just didn’t feel right. I started seeing those little white things. It kind of spooked me a little bit.”
Cubs manager Dusty Baker said Maddux may have had problems because of the amount of baserunning he did in the game.
“He came in after the fifth” and said, ‘Hey, I’m out of gas, it’s hot out there,”’ Baker said. “He ran the bases, and that’s dangerous any time you run the bases like that, especially under these conditions.”
The Cubs have won three straight and six of nine, including a 3-2 in the series opener on Monday.
Shut down by Jason Schmidt for seven innings, Chicago tied the game in the eighth on Neifi Perez’s bases-loaded single, and Jeromy Burnitz hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.
The Giants, meanwhile, have dropped three straight and four out of five.
San Francisco’s offense has struggled lately, scoring just six runs on its last three games. Pedro Feliz, however, continued his hot hitting Monday with his 16th homer of the season. In his last six games, the 30-year-old outfielder has four homers with seven RBIs.