The Brewers bounced back after dropping two of three games
against the Kansas City Royals, the team with the majors' worst
Fielder hit one of the three homers Maddux allowed.
"I told him look for the ball up and just be aggressive," Lee
said. "What he kind of does is play around with you, soft, soft,
soft, in and out."
The troubles continue for the Cubs, who have lost eight straight
It is their longest losing streak at Wrigley Field since
dropping 12 in a row to start the 1994 season. The Cubs, who have
scored one run in their last three games, have lost 11 of 13
overall and have not won at home since beating Cincinnati on May
"It's frustrating, but it is still baseball," Maddux said.
"It's still the greatest job in the world even when things are
going tough. It's still a privilege to come to the park every day,
you just wish you were playing better and winning more."
Maddux wouldn't elaborate on the overall feel for the team.
"I think what happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse,
to be honest with you. I think for myself or any other player to
say what goes on in the clubhouse when the doors are closed is just
wrong," he said. "Obviously, I'm not the only one that's upset
and we just need to go out there and try to do what we can to play
Capuano (9-4) allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out
four. He left the game in the ninth inning after being hit on the
right arm by a line drive from Aramis Ramirez. The team said he had
a bruised forearm and would be evaluated Tuesday.
"I like pitching here because of the atmosphere, because of the
fans and the history," said Capuano, who also pitched a shutout at
Wrigley on April 30. "I think a lot us, it's almost fans when we
come in here. We're players, but we're also baseball fans. It's
just exciting to play here."
Derrick Turnbow relieved and got the final three outs in the
Brewers' third shutout of the season. Two of those have been
against the Cubs.
After a two-out single by Geoff Jenkins in the first, Lee hit
his 24th homer on an 0-2 pitch from Maddux.
Fielder homered to right-center off Maddux (7-8) in the seventh
and Gross added his homer later in the inning.
Fielder connected off Will Ohman in the ninth for his 16th homer
of the season. It was the third multihomer of his career and two
have happened at Wrigley Field.
"I don't know if it's this ballpark. Just luck I guess. I just
tried to hit the ball up the middle and let the rest take care of
itself," Fielder said.
Maddux, stuck on 325 career wins, gave up five runs and seven
hits in seven innings and lost for the eighth time in 11 starts.
After starting the season 5-0, Maddux is 2-8 with a 6.78 ERA since
Maddux tied a season-high with seven strikeouts, but was burned
by the long ball despite the wind blowing in.
"They just hit them through the wind, plain and simple. You can
hit them through the wind here and they proved it," Maddux said.
"I felt fine, everything was going well except for the fact that I
couldn't keep the ball in the ballpark."
Derrek Lee got a nice ovation when he stepped to the plate in
the first inning Monday night. He played his first game at Wrigley
Field since April 13. He missed 59 games after breaking his wrist
on April 19 at Los Angeles. The Cubs went 9-5 with Lee in the
lineup before the wrist injury, but were 19-40 without him. Lee
The original plan was for Lee to play two rehab games at
Triple-A Iowa before joining the club on Monday. But after Freddie
Bynum and Tony Womack were injured Saturday night, Lee made the
4-hour drive from Des Moines to Minneapolis on Sunday and went
1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts as the designated hitter.
RHP Kerry Wood visited Dr. Tim Kremchek in Cincinnati on Monday. Kremchek operated on Wood's shoulder last August. Wood threw a side session while hooked up to equipment for biomechanical analysis. "The MRI in Dr. Kremchek's terms, stated it was
pristine, that the labrum repair looked as if it was completely
intact, looked like it had healed nicely and perfectly. He said his
rotator cuff looks pristine, the joint looks good. So there is no
significant concerns of any kind of significant issue or injury or
anything like that," trainer Mark O'Neal said. Wood is back on the
disabled list after making just four starts. ... Jenkins robbed
Matt Murton of a hit with a diving catch in right field in the