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Friday, April 28, 2006

Brewers Lose Opener to Cubs 2-6



From Sportsline.com:

Maddux has five of the Cubs' 13 wins and a 1.35 ERA. He earned his 323rd victory, one win shy of tying Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton for 13th place all-time.

He gave up eight hits and two runs in six innings and was backed by a homer and a strong defensive play from shortstop Ronny Cedeno.

"Great mechanics and he doesn't overthrow," said Milwaukee's Geoff Jenkins, who had a two-run single off Maddux for his team's only runs.

"He works the outer half of the plate and knows when to mix one inside. He's pitching as good as he ever has. He's going to be a Hall of Famer."

Maddux worked out of trouble in the opening inning after the Brewers loaded the bases on a walk and singles by Jenkins and Carlos Lee. Maddux struck out Prince Fielder on three pitches and retired Corey Koskie on a fly ball.

He was sailing until the fifth and had one out before opposing pitcher Dave Bush, 2-for-13 in his career, singled.

Rickie Weeks and J.J. Hardy followed with singles to load the bases before Jenkins delivered a two-run single to cut Chicago's lead to 3-2. Cedeno then went to the hole and started a tough 6-4-3 double play on Lee to end the rally.

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