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The Cubs read last night's gamethread and said, "Peavy who?", beating the Pads 6-2. Any notable performances?

Bradley crushed a 1-0 pitch from Jake Peavy with a man on second and one out in the sixth inning, bringing the Cubs back from a 2-1 deficit. There was more. Alfonso Soriano doubled a man in from second and singled home another run. Although the Cubs were only 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position, they made the hits count. "We did tonight. It makes a big difference," said Piniella, whose club improved to 18-14. "Those tack-on runs make a big difference, also."

Did anyone else hit? Did Milton do anything while rounding the bases?

Soriano's second double of the game brought the Cubs within 2-1 in the fifth. In the sixth, Kosuke Fukudome (3-for-5) doubled. After Derrek Lee was called out on strikes, Bradley drove one well over the wall in right-center. The ball landed just below the second tier of bleachers, some 440 feet from home plate. When Bradley reached the plate, he pointed to his ear, as if asking to hear some cheers instead of jeers. "Might as well hear some cheers for once," said Bradley, who hit is fourth homer and is batting .186. "I didn't come here to (stink). I know I've (stunk) so far, but give me some love. You know what I'm saying? I am a Cub."

Thanks for answering all my questions, Mr. Miles. Now another: any fun quotes?

'Nice to hear some cheers for once,'' Bradley said. ''I didn't come here to suck. I know I've sucked so far, but give me some love, you know what I'm saying? I am a Cub.''

What about the pitching staff?

Rich Harden (4-1) pitched six strong innings. The bullpen showed up as well, with Aaron Heilman, Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg combining for three scoreless innings.
Lou reacts to the Dempster/Macha affair:

The fact that MLB chose to review Ryan Dempster's up-and-in pitch to Milwaukee Brewers showboat slugger Ryan Braun on Friday after Brewers manager Ken Macha whined about it over the weekend caught the Cubs off-guard. ''I read something about it today, and it surprised the heck out of me,'' Cubs manager Lou Piniella said of the pitch that was ruled to hit Braun in the helmet as he squared to bunt (replays showed the pitch hit Braun's bat). ''We never even gave it a second thought. Remember, when you're bunting, you're basically going into the pitch. ... One thing is for certain: You've got to tie Braun up from time to time. If you don't, he's going to feast on you.''

And an old friend will be pitching tomorrow:

Piniella named Dempster his starter for the series finale Thursday against Chad Gaudin. Rookie Randy Wells will start Friday against the Astros.



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