CHICAGO (AP) -- Rich Hill finally carried his pitching success
from the minors to the majors.
Making his 10th career start, Hill (1-4) labored in 97-degree
heat and allowed three runs and six hits. He had six strikeouts and
walked one. He retired eight in a row between the second and
It was a long time coming for Hill, who made his first start on
July 25, 2005, against San Francisco.
"It's great. You feel part of the team," he said.
Hill went 7-1 with a 1.80 ERA in 15 starts this season for
Triple-A Iowa, but before Tuesday's game he was 0-6 with a 9.32 ERA
in 15 career games in the majors.
He was uncertain why he couldn't be successful in the majors.
"It ran through my mind," Hill said. "You go down there and
dominate in Triple-A and you say, 'What's going on here, why isn't
it working?' Going over film before the game, I knew I had to have
a good outing and it's human nature to have that, but to control
that and take that one-pitch-at-a-time attitude, if you do that and
simplify it you are going to be successful."
Cubs manager Dusty Baker never thought Hill doubted his talents.
"I think he might have been confused why he had such a distance
between minor league performances and his big league
performances," Baker said.
Eric Byrnes hit his 16th homer off Hill in the eighth inning for
Arizona, which beat the Cubs 15-4 Monday night.
"They returned the favor," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin
said. "We were swinging at balls almost chest high at times and
popping it up."
Cesar Izturis, playing his first game for the Cubs, doubled in
his first at-bat in the first inning and then scored on Ramirez's
two-run homer off Arizona starter Claudio Vargas (8-8). It was
Ramirez's second homer in two days and his 25th of the season.
Izturis was traded to the Cubs for four-time Cy Young Award
winner Greg Maddux on Monday.
Juan Pierre's two-run double in the second gave the Cubs a 4-0
Barrett hit the first pitch of the third inning into the first
row of bleachers in left. It was his 13th of the season. With two
outs, John Mabry doubled off the wall in right-center and Murton
followed with a two-run homer, making it 7-0.
The umpires didn't initially rule it a home run, but Baker
argued and they reversed the call after a short meeting. Melvin
argued the call briefly to no avail.
Diamondbacks reliever Brandon Medders gave up a double to
Barrett in the fifth, and Jones drove Barrett in with his 17th
Vargas was tagged for seven runs in four innings. He gave up
"He's just elevated. Fastballs, sliders, changeups, everything
was elevated today," Melvin said.
Pinch-hitter Andy Green hit a two-run double in the fifth for
Before the game, the Cubs recalled RHP Juan Mateo from
Double-A West Tenn. Mateo took INF Todd Walker's spot on the
roster. Walker was traded to San Diego on Monday for a minor league
prospect. Mateo, a starter for West Tenn, was available out of the
bullpen. ... Arizona OF Luis Gonzalez extended his hitting streak
to 12 games.