Cubs 4, Pirates 1
CHICAGO (AP)—Greg Maddux had his most dominating outing of the season.
“He was on today, obviously,” Cubs catcher Paul Bako said. “To tell you the truth, he kind of had no-hit command and no-hit stuff. They didn’t really hit the ball that hard at all off him all day, and he kept them off-balanced pretty much the whole game.”
Maddux (5-4), following Mark Prior and Carlos Zambrano in the rotation, struck out six and walked none. He gave up his only run in the third, when Tike Redman blooped a single, Ryan Vogelsong (1-6) sacrificed and Jason Kendall singled to put the Pirates ahead.
After giving up a single to Derrek Lee in the second inning, Vogelsong retired 14 of his next 15 batters.
Ramirez homered to tie the score in the seventh, a drive that went through a basket and dropped on the field. Bench coach Pete Mackanin, managing the Pirates while Lloyd McClendon serves a suspension, questioned the call by third base umpire Mark Carlson.
Todd Hollandsworth followed with a single, Lee was hit by a pitch and Mike Gonzalez relieved. Patterson flied out, with Hollandsworth advancing to third, and pinch-hitter Michael Barrett hit a sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead.
“It was nice to see Mike come and in and get the run in, that was a big at-bat. He hung tough with two strikes. He got the ball deep enough into right field to score the run, that was a clutch at-bat,” Maddux said.
Pittsburgh has lost seven of eight.
“The fact is we scored four runs this series,” McClendon said. “You’re not going to win when you do that. We were fortunate to get one game here.”
Vogelsong allowed two runs and four hits in six-plus innings.
“It’s a good pick me up personally because I’ve been scuffling the last couple of weeks. But when it comes down to it the mistakes I made in the seventh inning lost the game for us, so it’s all about winning games here,”Vogelsong said.
Cubs 2B Mark Grudzielanek is to start a rehabilitation assignment Monday at Triple-A Iowa. … A woman sitting in the second row was hit in the face by a foul ball hit by Maddux in the third inning. She left the stands bleeding from the face and was escorted to first aid by an usher. … The Cubs placed closer Joe Borowski on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulderstrain and recalled Jon Leicester from Triple-A Iowa.