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LP J. Brower (7-3) 5IP 7H 5R 4ER 2BB 1SO 0HR 3.87 ERA
Kirk Rueter was scratched from the starting lineup less than ten minutes before the first pitch due to stiffness in his left shoulder. With Woody injured, the Giants summoned Buzz Lightyear to the rescue. Reliever Jim Brower was pulled up to the starting rotation again to face the hard throwing young arm of Carlos Zambrano.
The Cubs jumped on Brower early as they made him work through their entire lineup in the first inning. Kenny Lofton led off with a single and Mark Grudzielanek had a bunt single. Sammy Sosa hit a stand up double to score Lofton and to give the Cubs an early lead. With no outs, Moises Alou continued his damage against the Giants as he doubled to clear the bases. Damian Miller capped the scoring for the Cubs in the first as he singled to bring in Eric Karros for the Cubs' fourth run.
The Cubs added to their lead as Grudzielanek scored on a sacrifice fly by Karros in the fifth inning.
In the top of the sixth, the Giants prevented a shut out as Andres Galarraga started the inning with a base hit. Edgardo Alfonzo continued his hot hitting by bolting one into the bleachers to get the Giants on the board.
Chicago shut the door on the Giants in their half of the sixth as they loaded the bases and Yorvit Torrealba let a pitch pass by him. With all the base runners being the responsibility of Jason Christiansen, who came in relief of Brower, he was thrown out of the game by arguing with the home plate umpire about the calls being made. Matt Herges entered the game and gave up a three run roundtripper to Sosa as the Cubs bloated their lead to 2-9.
The Giants added a little more to their score as Jose Cruz, Jr. collected his 50th RBI of the season by grounding out with Jeffrey Hammonds on third base. Hammonds was walked and Galarraga had a double to move him over. With Galarraga on third, Zambrano was called for a balk that enabled Galarraga to score the fourth run of the game for the Giants.
Herges finished off the seventh inning for the Giants and Scott Eyre pitched a scoreless eighth.
Game Notes: Sosa's jack puts him ahead of Willie McCovey and Ted Williams on the all-time homerun list. The Giants loaded the bases in the fourth with only one out, but with Marquis Grissom popping out and Barry Bonds lining out, they were unable to get anything from that situation.
Players of the Game: Edgardo Alfonzo has lived up to his name as a late July/August player by having back-to-back games with a homerun. Brownie points to Rich Aurilia for going 2-4 and for making impressive defensive stops to prevent the Cubs from scoring more. On a day where the bullpen overall was struggling, Scott Eyre continued to be lights out, quietly retiring the side without giving up any runs.
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