Adam Dunn hit two homers and Juan Castro had a two-run triple in
the 10th inning that sent the Cincinnati Reds to an 11-10 victory
over the Cubs on Sunday, another wild and wacky day at Wrigley
"It was windy, no question," Maddux said. "It was tough. It
was probably tougher on the outfielders and even the infielders
than anybody. It was blowing pretty good."
Maddux gave up three homers in six innings, failing for the
third time to get his first win with the Cubs since 1992.
Sosa homered twice and passed Ernie Banks for the Cubs' record,
but also lost a fly ball in the sun in the 10th that sparked the
Reds' winning rally.
It's certainly not been the return Maddux envisioned. He's been
hit hard -- by batters and the weather -- in both of his home starts.
In his first Wrigley Field appearance last Monday, he was
knocked out after 3 2-3 innings by Pittsburgh on a cold day.
On Sunday, the wind was gusting out of the park at 30 mph.
Maddux took an 0-2 record into the game and emerged with a
no-decision after giving up eight hits and seven runs. His ERA is
"It just didn't work out. They hit a couple of balls good and
they hit a couple in the wind," Maddux said.
"It's one of those things where I don't think I'm pitching as
bad it looks and I don't think sometimes I've pitched as good as it
Maddux lost his chance for a win when Dunn hit his second homer
of the game -- a two-run shot off Kent Mercker in the seventh that
put the Reds ahead 9-8.
"The wind was blowing out, but it was also doing some crazy,
crazy stuff," Dunn said. "When I hit it (his second homer), I was
mad because that was a pretty good pitch to hit and I thought I
just popped it up.
"So, thanks wind."
With the score tied at 9, Freel singled off Joe Borowski (1-1)
in the 10th on a fly to right that Sosa lost in the sun. Freel
stole second, Javier Valentin walked and Castro tripled off the
"Today was a tough day, especially the last inning. I lost one
in the sun," Sosa said. "That cost us a lot of runs right there.
It happened. It was a crazy game."
Graves allowed two homers in losing Friday's series opener 11-10
on a similarly windy day.
"Whoever bats last is going to win," Graves said. "That's
what it seemed like."
Sosa's solo shot in the first pushed him past Banks as the Cubs'
career leader with 513 homers. Sosa homered again in the third. He
has 543 career homers and 64 multihomer games.
"I would have enjoyed it much better if we had won this game,"
Sosa said. "It's something that made me very happy and very proud
of myself, coming from nowhere to play baseball in America. And now
I'm in the record book."
Moses Alou also homered for the Cubs and missed the cycle by a
Tracking balls in the air was difficult.
Ken Griffey Jr. misjudged Alou's wind-driven fly and it landed
over his head for a triple. Aramis Ramirez drove another ball over
Griffey's head for a double to give the Cubs an 8-7 lead in the
sixth. Chicago's Todd Walker got a two-run double in the fifth when
his high fly to right fooled Wily Mo Pena and landed over his head.
Freel homered to left to give the Reds a 4-3 lead in the fourth.
Pena's triple made it 5-3.
Alou homered leading off the fifth before two singles and a hit
batsman loaded the bases. Chicago tied it again on Maddux's
grounder. Pena then turned the wrong way and misplayed Walker's
high fly as the Cubs went ahead 7-5.
But Maddux hit LaRue with a pitch, and Kearns, who's been out of
the lineup after being hit on the hand with a pitch last Thursday,
delivered his first career pinch-hit homer to tie it at 7.
Cincinnati's Paul Wilson, bidding for a 3-0 start, gave up 11
hits -- three homers -- and seven runs in 4 2-3 innings.
Dunn has seven homers. He also made a strong throw to cut
down Todd Hollandsworth at third base in the ninth when he tried to
advance two bases on Ramon Martinez's single. ... Alou has five
homers in the last five games. ... Cincinnati's Todd Van Poppel
became the last major league pitcher on an opening day roster to
get into a game this season when he made his first appearance