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For more than a decade, the Braves have benefited from the age-old theory that good pitching will overcome good hitting. While the theory still holds true, Friday night showed how it is not working in the Braves' favor during this year's playoffs. Greg Maddux, who was once the young Cubs pitching phenom that Mark Prior has become, was impressive, allowing two earned runs on six hits in six innings, but he needed to be nearly perfect on this evening.  Full story >

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It was pitcher perfect. A four-time Cy Young winner faced a Cy Young waiting to happen, and the young phenom came out ahead. Mark Prior, in his first career postseason appearance, threw a two-hitter to outduel Atlanta's Greg Maddux and move the Cubs closer to capturing their first NLDS. Randall Simon's two-run single in the first and Aramis Ramirez's RBI double in the eighth gave the Cubs all the offense they needed to take a 2-1 series lead.  Full story >

Box Score:   CHC 3, ATL 1  
October 3, 2003
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Braves
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   1 2 4
Cubs
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X   3 8 0

Atlanta AB R H RBI BBSOLOBAVG
Furcal, SS 4000011.167
Giles, 2B 3011010.500
Sheffield, RF 2000101.100
Jones, C, LF 3000101.091
Lopez, C 4000023.333
Jones, A, CF 2000221.111
Fick, 1B 4000003.000
Castilla, 3B 3000010.222
Maddux, P 2000000.000
Wright, P 0000000.000
a-DeRosa, PH 1110000.500
Gryboski, P 0000000.000
Totals281214710 
 
a-Doubled for Wright in the 8th.
 
BATTING
2B: DeRosa (2, Prior).
TB: Giles; DeRosa 2.
RBI: Giles (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lopez.
SF: Giles.
GIDP: Fick.
Team LOB: 6.
 
FIELDING
E: Lopez (1, throw), Castilla (1, fielding), Furcal (1, fielding), Jones, A (1, fielding).
 
 
Chi. Cubs AB R H RBI BBSOLOBAVG
Lofton, CF 4120000.333
Grudzielanek, 2B 4110001.083
Sosa, RF 4000012.333
Alou, LF 4120002.417
Simon, 1B 4012013.333
Ramirez, 3B 4021000.400
Gonzalez, SS 3000102.000
Miller, C 3000112.000
Prior, P 3000001.000
Totals333832313 
 
BATTING
2B: Ramirez (1, Gryboski).
TB: Lofton 2; Grudzielanek; Alou 2; Simon; Ramirez 3.
RBI: Simon 2 (2), Ramirez (1).
2-out RBI: Simon 2, Ramirez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gonzalez, Grudzielanek, Simon, Miller.
Team LOB: 8.
 
BASERUNNING
SB: Lofton 2 (3, 3rd base off Maddux/Lopez, 2nd base off Maddux/Lopez), Alou (1, 2nd base off Gryboski/Lopez).
CS: Gonzalez (1, 2nd base by Maddux/Lopez).
 
FIELDING
DP: (Grudzielanek-Gonzalez-Simon).
 
Atlanta IP H R ER BBSOHRERA
Maddux (L, 0-1) 6.06221103.00
Wright 1.00000000.00
Gryboski 1.02111203.86
 
Chi. Cubs IP H R ER BBSOHRERA
Prior (W, 1-0) 9.02114701.00
 
WP: Maddux, Prior.
IBB: Gonzalez (by Gryboski).
HBP: Sheffield (by Prior).
Pitches-strikes: Maddux 90-62, Wright 8-4, Gryboski 26-15, Prior 133-89.
Ground outs-fly outs: Maddux 11-5, Wright 1-2, Gryboski 1-0, Prior 12-9.
Batters faced: Maddux 26, Wright 3, Gryboski 6, Prior 34.
Umpires: HP: Brian Gorman. 1B: Larry Young. 2B: Ed Rapuano. 3B: Bill Welke. LF: John Hirschbeck. RF: Bill Miller.
Weather: 54 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 6 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:43 (:31 delay).
Att: 39,982.
 
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