Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Hancock, homers hurt Chicago

Young Red goes 8 innings in final start

By John Fay
Enquirer staff writer

CHICAGO - The Reds dealt Chicago's playoff hopes a blow Tuesday night by using the Cubs' formula for winning: good starting pitching and home runs.

Josh Hancock's pitching and power hitting lifted the Reds to an 8-3 victory over the Cubs before a crowd of 38,895 at Wrigley Field.

Adam Dunn hit his 44th dinger of the year off Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux in the fifth inning. The blast gave Dunn 101 RBIs for the season.
(AP photo)
Hancock went a career-high eight innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits. He walked two and struck out three.

"It was a fun night," Hancock said. "Night game in Wrigley. There aren't that many of those. I will remember it."

D'Angelo Jimenez, Darren Bragg and Adam Dunn all hit two-run homers off Greg Maddux on a night with the wind blowing in.

The two RBI pushed Dunn to 101, making him the first Red since Joe Morgan with 100 RBI, 100 runs and 100 walks in the same season. Morgan did it in 1976 - the second of his back-to-back MVP years.

"That says it right there," manager Dave Miley said. "Not many in the organization have done that."

"It means a lot," Dunn said. "Hopefully, I can do it a few times. But it's a great accomplishment."

Dunn becomes the first Red to drive in 100 since Ken Griffey Jr. had 118 in 2000.

The Reds have beaten Maddux twice in his last three starts.

Hancock, a 26-year-old right-hander obtained from Philadelphia in the Todd Jones trade, made a strong bid for next year. In his nine starts for the Reds, he is 3-1 with a 4.32 ERA. He was the victim of blown saves three times.

"Who knows what people are thinking?" Hancock said. "But I did my best over here. I've had some ups and downs, but this is the most time I've spent in the big leagues. It was a great way to end it."

The Reds scored four in the third on the homers by Jimenez, his 11th, and Bragg, his third. Each followed a hit-by-pitch by Maddux. The HBP of Sean Casey was the 80th of the year for the Reds, breaking the club mark of 79, set last year.

The Reds got to Maddux again in the fifth. Casey led off with a walk. Maddux fell behind Dunn 3-2. Dunn then crushed one to straightaway right - it landed well up in the bleachers for his 44th homer.

"If you get good wood on it, it's going to go out no matter what the wind's doing," Dunn said.

Hancock helped himself with a two-out RBI single in the seventh.

"I'm more excited about that than anything," Hancock said. "I didn't know whether to do cartwheels to first or what."

FLopez 3b410002.256
DJimenez 2b511201.270
Casey 1b120010.332
JCastro 1b201100.248
Dunn lf512201.265
Kearns rf501002.234
Bragg cf421211.175
Valentin c401011.235
Machado ss210022.319
Hancock p301112.118
Valentine p000000.000
CPatterson cf401201.272
DeLee 1b300010.283
ARamirez 3b401000.320
Alou lf412001.286
Garciaparra ss401000.310
SSosa rf300100.248
TWalker 2b411000.279
Bako c210010.201
Macias ph100000.262
Maddux p101000.167
Grieve ph100001.259
Wuertz p000000.000
Mercker p000000.000
Goodwin ph100000.202
Mitre p000000.067
Barrett ph100001.296

E-Machado (4). LOB-Cincinnati 8, Chicago 6. 3B-CPatterson (6). HR-Dunn (44), off Maddux; Bragg (3), off Maddux; DJimenez (12), off Maddux. RBIs-DJimenez 2 (67), JCastro (23), Dunn 2 (100), Bragg 2 (8), Hancock (1), CPatterson 2 (72), SSosa (78). SB-Machado (3). SF-SSosa.

Runners left in scoring position-Cincinnati 4 (FLopez, Dunn, Hancock 2); Chicago 3 (DeLee, ARamirez, SSosa).

Runners moved up-Bragg, Garciaparra.

Hancock W, 5-28732231135.09
Maddux L, 15-11566626863.88
Wuertz1 1/311123314.67
HBP-by Maddux (Casey), by Maddux (FLopez). WP-Hancock 2.

Umpires-Home, Mike DiMuro; First, Paul Emmel; Second, Derryl Cousins; Third, Joe West.

T-2:40. A-38,895 (39,345).

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