Saturday, August 24, 2002

Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 2

The Associated Press

        PHOENIX — Byung-Hyun Kim's statistical edge against Sammy Sosa made it easier for Arizona manager Bob Brenly to make a tough decision. Kim struck out Sosa with runners on second and third to end the game and the Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Friday night.

        “Sometimes you have to show confidence in your players,” Brenly said. “The law of averages says Sammy is going to get him at some point, but we went with our best against their best, and I was real proud of how BK pitched out there tonight.”

        Sosa swung and missed at a 1-2 pitch, leaving him 0-for-9 with seven strikeouts lifetime against Kim.

        “He pitched me great, no question about it,” Sosa said. “It's part of the game. You tip your hat to them, and we'll see you tomorrow.”

        Kim got his 32nd save.

        “Knowing our manager, he's probably one of the very few that would stick to his guns and go after him like that,” Arizona's Luis Gonzalez said. “But you know what? That won us a world championship last year, and it's worked again this year.”

        Tony Womack delivered his second tiebreaking hit in as many nights, and Rick Helling outdueled Kerry Wood.

        Gonzalez had a two-run homer for NL West-leading Arizona, which won for the 12th in 13 games.

        The Diamondbacks' last loss before starting their current four-game win streak was Aug. 18 at Chicago.

        Todd Hundley had a two-run homer for the Cubs.

        Wood (9-7) struck out 12 and gave up just three hits, but remained winless in August. He's 0-2 in five starts this month.

        Wood got in trouble in the eighth, walking pinch-hitter Quinton McCracken, who reached second on a sacrifice by Alex Cintron.

        That brought up Womack, who had a two-run, game-winning homer Thursday night against Cincinnati. Womack pulled a pitch to deep right field, and McCracken scored easily on the double.

        Helling (9-8) allowed two runs, eight hits and two walks in seven innings.

        Alex Gonzalez, whose 15-game hitting streak ended Thursday night at Houston, led off the Cubs fifth with a triple. Hundley followed with his 13th home run to tie it at 2.

        “I was just looking for a fastball to hit and drive into the outfield, get a sacrifice fly, and the ball carried for me,” Hundley said. “If you call it lucky, I call it lucky, too.”

        In the first, Wood got two out before Junior Spivey turned on a 97 mph fastball and pulled it into left field for a single.

        Then Luis Gonzalez hit an opposite-field drive that curled into the lower grandstand in left.

        It was the 25th homer for Gonzalez, who returned to the lineup Thursday after sitting out seven games because of a ribcage injury.

        “All three of the hits I gave up were big hits,” Wood said. “The single, and then the next guy up, Gonzalez, hits a home run. And, you know, the walk in the eighth inning killed me tonight. I gave up a double after the sacrifice, and there's the game.”

        Notes: Hundley, a switch-hitter, has 12 homers from the left side. ... The crowd of 47,095 was the 14th sellout in Phoenix, home to thousands of Midwest transplants. ... The Cubs called up RHP Alan Benes, a non-roster invitee to spring training, from Triple-A Iowa before the game. ... Jay Bell was the 16th batter hit by Wood this year, the most by a Cubs pitcher since Ed Reulbach hit 18 in 1905.


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