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Glanville is final -- and biggest -- hero

10/11/2003

MIAMI (AP) -- Add Doug Glanville to the list of baseball's most
unlikely postseason heroes.

The last guy to make the Cubs' playoff roster, Glanville
delivered a tiebreaking triple in the 11th inning and Chicago got
the final out on a crazy play to beat the Florida Marlins 5-4
Friday night for a 2-1 lead in the NL championship series.

In a tense duel that had everything a fan could want in October,
Glanville overshadowed Sammy Sosa, Kerry Wood and Ivan Rodriguez.

"Coming off the bench, anything can happen," Glanville said.
"It's an unbelievable feeling to help this team win in a crucial
situation."

The Marlins threatened in the bottom of the 11th, putting Luis
Castillo on second base with two outs. Derrek Lee hit a grounder
that third baseman Aramis Ramirez fumbled, but Castillo was trapped
in a rundown and the Cubs got him.

Acquired from last-place Texas in late July, Glanville was still
on the Cubs' bench for Game 3 as the clock ticked well past
midnight. And he was only there because backup Tony Womack was
injured and left off the 25-man roster.

Kenny Lofton singled with one out off Michael Tejera and after
Braden Looper relieved, Glanville batted for winner Joe Borowski.
Lofton was running when Glanville came through in just the second
postseason at-bat of his 13-year pro career.

Glanville hit a liner that skipped past diving left fielder Jeff
Conine in the gap and using his best asset, streaked into third.
Wood jumped off the bench to the top of dugout steps and led his
teammates in cheering.

"Playing in the National League, I've faced Looper a lot of
times. I was just trying to get a fastball and drive it,"
Glanville said.

Yet on a wild night, there was still a twist left. Castillo
struck out with one out against Mike Remlinger, but reached base
when the ball skittered through catcher Paul Bako's legs for a wild
pitch.

Castillo made it to second on a groundout, but was caught to the
delight of thousands of Cubs' fans among the crowd of 65,115.

"If he had kept running, he probably would have made it easy,"
Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "But you can't fault him. You're
stuck in no man's land."

Said Cubs manager Dusty Baker: "I'm just glad it happened the
way it did."

Game 4 is Saturday night, and features a neat subplot. All-Star
rookie Dontrelle Willis of the Marlins and Chicago starter Matt
Clement were traded for each other a few days before the 2002
season began.

The win left the Cubs two wins short of making their first World
Series appearance since 1945. They last won it in 1908.

The Marlins threatened in the bottom of the ninth, loading the
bases with two outs against Borowski before little Mike Mordecai
flied out.

After 13 balls sailed out of the park in two games at Wrigley
Field, starters Wood and Mark Redman put the emphasis back on
pitching in these playoffs. The bigger dimensions and still air at
Pro Player Stadium helped keep the ball in play, too -- Sosa and
Florida's Alex Gonzalez hit shots that clearly would have cleared
the ivy-covered walls.

With another swing of his bat, Randall Simon gave people new
reason to talk about him. His two-run homer in the eighth off Chad
Fox put the Cubs ahead 4-3 and certainly was his highlight in a
season that saw him vilified, suspended and fined for swatting a
sausage mascot this summer.

The 14th home run of the series tied the NLCS record for two
teams, set by San Francisco and St. Louis in 2002.

Pinch-hitter Todd Hollandsworth made it 4-all in the bottom half
with a pinch-hit RBI single off Borowski. Like Simon, the Marlins'
reserve has had a tough year -- his early season struggles at the
plate left local critics calling him "Hollandsworthless."

Until then, Rodriguez stood to be the star once again this
postseason. His two-out single on a 98 mph fastball from Wood
capped a two-run rally that put the Marlins ahead 3-2 in the
seventh.

Wood shouted toward the ground and Cubs catcher Damian Miller
swung his arm after Rodriguez reached out and delivered. The
opposite-field hit finished Wood, and he was still shaking his head
on the bench.

Earlier in the game, Wood struck out Rodriguez with three
straight sliders to leave the bases loaded.

Wood beat Atlanta twice in the opening round of the playoffs,
winning the decisive Game 5 while borrowing teammate Mark Prior's
glove. Wood brought his mitt to Miami, but could not duplicate the
success that had made him 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA lifetime against the
Marlins.

Sosa and the Cubs struck first on the humid night. Lofton led
off the game with an infield single, reaching on a play in which
Redman was shaken up covering first base, and moved up on a
sacrifice.

With an open base, the Marlins decided to pitch to Sosa and he
made them pay. He hit a line drive off the left-field wall, tagging
it so hard that he only managed a single when Conine correctly
played the carom.

Wood again helped himself at the plate in this postseason and
gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead in the second. A single by Eric Karros and
two walks loaded the bases and Wood hit a sacrifice fly. In Game 1
of the division series, Wood's two-run double sent the Cubs over
Atlanta.

The Marlins came back in the bottom half on two singles and a
two-out, RBI double by the slumping Gonzalez. He had been just
1-for-24 this postseason before his drive, which hit near the top
of the 26½-foot wall in left.

Game notes
Remlinger had recorded only one save in the last three
years. ... Lofton tied an NLCS record with six straight hits over
two games. ... Florida rookie Miguel Cabrera made his major league
debut in right field, moving there from third base in a double
switch. In Game 2, he played shortstop for the first time. ...
Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams watched from a box seat.
The Philadelphia Phillies picked him in the eighth round of the
1995 draft, and the outfielder hit .211 with four homers over four
years in the low minors.