An image can sometimes serve the purpose of encapsulating an entire event or series of events. Such was the case this afternoon. The Cubs were batting in the top of the 6th inning. The starting pitcher picks up a bat and uncharacteristically smashes into a helpless ice chest, spewing ice chips and water all over a Cub trainer.
What is so amazing is that this was not Carlos Zambrano or even Kerry Wood. This is Greg Maddux, the Professor. Mild Mannered Clark Kent.
The Season of Futility continues.
Another opposing pitcher who has had virtually no success this year comes out looking pretty good. Brian Moehler of the Marlins had an ERA of over 7.
The final score was 9-3. Miguel Cabrera spanked the Cubbies pretty good once gain with another 4 rbiís, totalling 8 for the series.
The seminal moment of the game seemed to occur in the bottom of the 5th. Maddux leading 3-1, got the first two outs in the frame. It seemed that Madduxís lead-off double in the top of the 5th wasnít having any debilitating effects (except his teammates couldnít score him from 2nd with no outs). The next guy grounds one deep to short. Ronny Cedeno fields, throws and skips it into Todd Walker, who doesnít handle it cleanly. No error is charged to either player, it is scored an infield hit.
The floodgates opened. The Marlins hit for the cycle after the 2nd out and all of a sudden itís 6-3. the major clout was a 3 run shot off of Joe Borchard, who was hitting .111 against right-handers before Maddux grooved one to Borchard.
After a stellar April, Maddux has self-destructed in May. He is now 5-4, about where most prognosticators assumed heíd be before the season.