Rizzo shares spotlight with Maine event

June, 26, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The traditional beer shower, reserved for a pitcher who collects his first big league victory, was altered Tuesday in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse.

After reliever Scott Maine picked up his first victory in a 5-3 triumph over the New York Mets, he received a Mountain Dew shower instead.

“I don’t drink, so they showered me in Mountain Dew,” Maine said. “They’re respectful.”

Maine pitched two innings of scoreless relief for starter Randy Wells, who only lasted into the fourth inning. The lefty inherited two runners from Wells but only one scored to tie the game.

In the bottom of the fourth, Maine was set up for the victory when an Anthony Rizzo RBI double gave the Cubs the lead for good. Rizzo’s debut overshadowed Maine’s first victory, but he was understanding of the situation.

“Oh yeah, it’s been blown up since Day 1 since [Rizzo] came over as a Cub,” Maine said, knowing there was no way to compete with that. “He did great today and he’ll continue to do great.”

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.98 104 108
OTHER LEADERS
BAS. Castro .292
HRA. Rizzo 31
RBIA. Rizzo 72
RA. Rizzo 82
OPSA. Rizzo .896
ERAT. Wood 4.86
SOJ. Arrieta 144