10/11/2003 12:34 AM ET
Bench bunch rallies Cubs to victory
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
Game 3 wrapup: Cubs 5, Marlins 4
MIAMI -- The 25th man on the Chicago Cubs playoff roster was No. 1 Friday night.
Pinch-hitter Doug Glanville slapped an RBI triple with one out in the 11th inning to lift the Cubs to a 5-4 victory Friday night over the Florida Marlins and gain an advantage in this exhausting National League Championship Series.
"We're all the 25th guy," said Tom Goodwin, who also hit a pinch-hit triple. "You never know who Dusty [Baker] is going to put out there."
The Cubs now have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and can clinch the NLCS this weekend and still have time to stop in at Walt Disney World before the World Series begins. Matt Clement will start Game 4 on Saturday with Carlos Zambrano scheduled for Sunday's Game 5.
At least the Cubs know they won't be swept this weekend.
"Now we're guaranteed to go back to Chicago," Glanville said. "Maybe the ivy will be purple now."
With the game tied at 4-4 and one out in the Chicago 11th, Kenny Lofton singled off Michael Tejera, who then departed. Glanville, batting for pitcher Joe Borowski, then tripled to left off Braden Looper past a diving Jeff Conine to score Lofton.
"I don't remember my last triple," Glanville said. "Anybody can triple. Anybody can do the job at any given time."
Glanville, acquired July 30 from Texas, was the last position player added to the postseason roster. He earned his playoff share. By the way, his last triple was Sept. 15, 2002, against Pittsburgh.
"I was just swinging," Glanville said. "We recognize our roles in the game. We can do just as much as Sammy [Sosa] or anybody."
What was odd about the play was that Marlins shortstop Mike Mordecai had shifted toward second base to cover on the hit-and-run. Normally with a right-handed batter like Glanville, the second baseman would cover second. Instead, there was a hole and Glanville's ball cut through.
It was the second extra-inning game of this series and the Marlins' third of the postseason. Florida is 2-1 in extended playoff play this year; the Cubs are 1-1. Chicago lost in 11 innings in Game 1 to the Marlins.
"This was more like a doubleheader," Glanville said of Friday's game. "I've never been in the postseason and it's everything its cracked up to be. You're sitting on pins and needles."
Mike Remlinger pitched the 11th for the save. He had warmed up several times during the game.
"Some fans said, 'Hey, you started warming up yesterday,'" and I looked up and it was 12-whatever," Remlinger said of the time. "I warmed up a bunch but I had that feeling that I was going to pitch, and that I was going to be the difference in the game helped me not let that I'd been up a bunch affect me negatively."
Since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1985, there have been 14 occasions on which the series was tied after two games. The winner of Game 3 advanced to the next round 11 times.
If you didn't stay up late, you missed a wild one. Trailing 2-1 in the seventh, Florida's Alex Gonzalez singled and Mike Lowell drew a walk against Cubs starter Kerry Wood, and both advanced on Juan Pierre's sacrifice. Luis Castillo grounded out but Gonzalez scored to tie the game. Rodriguez then hit an RBI single to put the Marlins ahead, 3-2, and chase Wood.
With one out in the Chicago eighth, pinch-hitter Tom Goodwin tripled off the center-field wall -- a play disputed by Florida manager Jack McKeon, who thought a fan interfered and it should've been a double.
It was a moot point when Randall Simon, who came in as a defensive replacement the inning before, belted the first pitch from Chad Fox in his first at-bat of the game into the right-field seats for his first postseason home run. There's a first time for everything.
But Florida tied the game, 4-4, with two out in the eighth on Todd Hollandsworth's pinch-hit RBI single off Joe Borowski, driving in Miguel Cabrera.
Wood could've used a little help from his teammates. The Cubs stranded 10, leaving the bases loaded in the second and seventh innings. He had given up five hits and struck out 20 in back-to-back starts against the Marlins in July, both complete games for the right-hander. This time, they figured him out. He struck out seven and scattered seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.
"I was hoping that wouldn't come back to haunt us, those runners left on base," Baker said. "The game boiled down to pinch-hitters. It's the value of having a good bench."
It's October baseball, even if the game-time temperature was 79 degrees, and very different at Pro Player Stadium compared to Wrigley Field. Besides having a white towel-waving crowd of 65,115 -- nearly 40,000 more than attended the Cubs-Marlins games here in July -- they tried to do the "wave." Cubs fans don't do the wave. There was a large infusion of Chicagoans in the mix, many wearing "We Got Wood" shirts.
The Cubs won consecutive postseason games for the first time since the first two games of the 1984 NLCS against San Diego. The Padres rallied to win the next three.
The Cubs made an impact -- literally -- in the first when Lofton reached on an infield single and knocked Marlins starter Mark Redman in the face with his arm. Redman was covering first base. One out later, Lofton scored on Sammy Sosa's single off the left-field wall.
Chicago loaded the bases in the second and took a 2-0 lead on Wood's sacrifice fly. Lofton singled to load the bases again, but Redman got Mark Grudzielanek to fly out and end the inning. The Marlins had two relievers up in the 'pen that inning. Instead, Redman stayed.
Florida's Gonzalez, who was 1-for-23 in the postseason, including 0-for-7 in this series, hit an RBI double off the left-field wall with one out in the second to close to 2-1.
Wood retired nine in a row before he walked Redman with two out in the fifth. Pierre then singled and Castillo walked to load the bases but Wood struck out Rodriguez on three pitches.
Wood was in the dugout for the final innings and agonized through the ups and downs.
"I can tell you it's a lot more fun being out there than it is sitting in the dugout watching it. It's nerve-wracking," he said. "But these are fun games and this is what the postseason is all about."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.