Shawn Chacon pitched four crisp innings to solidify his spot in the rotation and Clint Barmes hit a three-run homer in Colorado's five-run fifth inning off Greg Maddux, helping the Rockies overcome a shaky outing by their bullpen to hold off the Cubs, 7-6, yesterday.
Chacon left after throwing 51 pitches and approached pitching coach Bob Apodaca about staying in, though he didn't get far.
"That's like losing Mickey Mantle in his prime. It's like taking Michael Jordan away from the Bulls. If you take away Michael, how good is Scottie Pippen? If you have a .290 batting average with [him] in the lineup, you might be .275 without him."
-- A veteran scout, who requested anonymity, on the Giants without Barry Bonds
"I kind of lobbied to get out there another inning, but that was all they wanted from me and I accomplished that, so leave it at that," he said.
Maddux cruised through the first four innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth. Dustan Mohr led off with a homer, Brad Hawpe followed with a run-scoring single and Barmes finished it off.
"It's tough to say you feel good after you give up six runs, but I do," Maddux said. "I felt very pleased with how I threw. I made a couple bad pitches, made a couple bad decisions with my pitch selection, but as far as throwing and everything, I feel good." . . .
Top Brewers' pitching prospects Jose Capellan and Ben Hendrickson were optioned to Class AAA Nashville along with fellow right-hander Jeff Bennett.
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