Extra MustardSI On CampusFantasyPhoto GalleriesSwimsuitVideoFanNationSI KidsTNT
Updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2003 1:39 AM EDT
MLB RECAP
Florida Marlins
Team Page | Schedule | Injuries
Stats: Batting | Pitching
R H E
3 5 0
Chicago Cubs
Team Page | Schedule | Injuries
Stats: Batting | Pitching
R H E
6 12 0
W Clement (6-7)
L Beckett (3-4)
S Borowski (17)
Recap | Box Score | Lineup | ScoreCast | Game Log | How They Scored | Today's Scoreboard
CHICAGO CUBS 6, FLORIDA 3
 

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Matt Clement beat his former team with his arm and his bat, pitching into the seventh inning and doubling in the go-ahead run in the fourth, as the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 6-3 triumph over the Florida Marlins .

Facing his former team for the eighth time, Clement gave up three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings with two walks and six strikeouts. He improved to 5-1 against Florida.

"It was super-hot out there. I was laboring at times," said Clement, who threw 57 of 91 pitches for strikes. "The humidity was a bit oppressive. But once we got the lead again, I got a second win. I pitched much better after that."

The righthander benefited from key defensive plays by shortstop Alex Gonzalez , third baseman Jose Hernandez and right fielder Sammy Sosa . Although Clement won for the first time in four starts since June 16, he has 2.57 ERA in his last three outings.

Mark Guthrie got the last two outs in the seventh and Kyle Farnsworth and Joe Borowski each pitched a scoreless inning, with Borowski recording his 17th save in 20 chances.

Clement also came through with the biggest hit of the night, a two-run double off starter Josh Beckett (3-4) in the fourth that broke a 3-3 tie. He raised his average to .250, 201 points higher than last season.

"I don't know how to respond about questions about my hitting. I'm not really good at it," Clement said. "Josh just got a ball up in the zone that I was able to hit at the last minute."

"The next time he came up after the double, I threw him a changeup and we both had a good laugh," Beckett said. "But it shows you anybody with a bat in his hands can beat you."

The Cubs also got a boost from Tom Goodwin . Replacing Corey Patterson , who will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, Goodwin went 3-for-4 and scored a run as Chicago won for just the fourth time in 13 games.

"Tom really picked us up when we needed it most," Chicago manager Dusty Baker said. "After losing Corey, everyone was a bit down today. He helped bring our energy up, the way he played that game."

Ivan Rodriguez and Derrek Lee homered for the Marlins, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Rodriguez's solo shot in the first put Florida in front, but Chicago tied it in the bottom half on a double play grounder by Sammy Sosa .

Lee homered in the second and rookie Miguel Cabrera delivered an RBI single to make it 3-1.

"We had him on the ropes early in the game, but being the good pitcher that he is, he got it together and went to his sinker the rest of the night. That was his out pitch," Lee said of Clement.

Again, the Cubs wasted no time tying it. Hee Seop Choi led off the bottom of the second with a single and Alex Gonzalez followed with his 11th home run.

"As soon as we got the game tied for Matt, I saw a different pitcher out there," Gonzalez said. "He really seemed to get a second win and beared down."

Choi started the bottom of the fourth with a walk and was sacrificed over by Gonzalez. After Hernandez took a third strike, Marlins manager Jack McKeon opted to walk Paul Bako intentionally. But Clement foiled the strategy by slicing a double down the right field line.

Singles by Goodwin and Ramon Martinez produced the game's final run.

"We all have to pitch in and do what we can," Goodwin said. "I can't be like Corey, but I can be a pretty good player for this team. I really feel bad. If I could change places with him, I would do it in a heartbeat."


© 2005 STATS, Inc
Search