CHICAGO (AP) -- Chris Capuano tried not to envision his first
major league complete game.
"I was just hoping to make it through five with the big lead we
had," he said. "I tried not to think about it too much, but I
couldn't help it."
He had an anxious moment with two outs in the ninth, when Todd
Walker singled off the center-field wall.
"I'm thinking just one more," he said. "Then he hit that
ball. I didn't think it was going to be that close to a home run.
At that point I was a little anxious."
He then retired pinch-hitter John Mabry on a game-ending
Making his 63rd major league start, Capuano (4-2) struck out six
and walked none. He retired 11 straight until Michael Barrett's
leadoff single in the eighth. Chicago did not advance a runner past
Capuano's previous longest outings were 8 1-3 innings in
back-to-back starts last year, at Washington on May 18 and against
Colorado five days later.
"He was changing speeds with his fastball," Walker said.
"He's crafty, meaning that he throws 89, 90 (mph), but also he
also throws 86, 87, so that 86, 87 ball is darting down. He's got
an unusual kind of release point -- he gets on you quicker than you
are used to. I took some funky swings at him."
Taking advantage of a strong wind blowing out to left, Lee
connected in the second inning off Carlos Zambrano. Rob Deer (1987)
and Geoff Jenkins (2000 and 2001) both hit nine April homers for
"It seems like every time I face him, I see the ball pretty
good against him and I have good at bats," Lee said.
Zambrano (0-2) allowed seven runs, eight hits and five walks in
four-plus innings. He faced seven batters in the fifth without
getting an out and allowing four hits and three walks.
Zambrano finished April winless for the first time since he
became a starter in mid-2002.
"I still have a long way to go," he said. "I think I have to
work on my command. I'm leaving too many pitches in the middle."
Chicago finished April 13-10 despite not getting a win from Mark
Prior, Kerry Wood and Zambrano. Prior and Wood are on the disabled
list and have not yet pitch with the Cubs this season.
Zambrano has tried to control his emotions on the mound this
season, and Cubs manager Dusty Bakers wants Zambrano to go back to
his old ways.
"Quite frankly, I want the animated, demonstrative, angry Z to
return to tell you the truth, because this new calm Z (is not)
working, so we want the old Z back," Baker said.
A day after the Brewers routed the Cubs 16-2, Lee homered for
the game's first run, and Jenkins hit a run-scoring infield single
in the third.
Milwaukee added five runs in the fifth, batting around for the
third time in two games. Rickie Weeks doubled leading off, Hall
tripled, and Jenkins doubled off the ivy in left to make it 4-0.
Zambrano threw a pitch behind Lee, causing plate umpire Hunter
Wendelstedt to warn both dugouts, and the pitcher and batter
"You expect Zambrano to be pretty dominant every time he goes
out there," Capuano said. "But we've seen before that if you can
get to him."
Zambrano said he wasn't distracted in the fifth inning.
"I didn't lose my concentration. That ball ran out of my
hand," he said. "I didn't try to hit Lee. If I tried to hit Lee,
Walks to Lee and Prince Fielder loaded the bases, and Corey
Koskie followed with a two-run double. Reliever Scott Willamson
threw a run-scoring wild pitch.
Hall added a two-run homer off Scott Eyre in the eighth.
Cubs SS Ronny Cedeno made a diving stop behind second base
to rob Jenkins of a hit in the first inning. ... In the process of
a making a diving catch and stealing a base hit away from Damian
Miller in the fourth inning, Cubs RF Jacque Jones hit the grass and
made a splash while diving on the wet grass. ... The start was
delayed 30 minutes by rain.
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