Dempster looks sharp as Cubs down Brewers
Dempster pitched eight shutout innings – thanks in great part to big plays by center fielder
Fuld dove to catch
“They made the plays,”
More often than not, great plays have eluded the
“When you work quick and throw strikes, it keeps your defense on their toes,” Dempster said. “They made some unbelievable plays behind me.”
Fuld, who jammed his thumb on his play, said afterward he wasn’t 100 percent certain he caught the ball instead of trapping it. Television replays were inconclusive.
“Off the bat, I didn’t think I had a chance,” said Fuld, a fan favorite for his hustle even though he has yet to drive in a run in 58 big-league games over parts of two seasons.
“Even when I was 10 feet away from it, I didn’t think I could get to it. I just laid out and it was enough. I take a lot of pride in defense. I try to contribute however I can.”
“We’re just trying to have as much fun as we can down the stretch,” said Dempster (10-8), who allowed four hits, walked one and struck out four to join
Dempster, 11-3 all-time against the
Suppan’s one mistake was a 2-1 breaking ball in the fourth inning that Lee hit into the first row of the right-field bleachers. Lee has a career .431 average and five homers in 51 at-bats against Suppan.
“He’s a very good hitter and he’s gotten me a number of times,” Suppan said. “I kept it close. It was just one of those games.”
Lee has overcome a slow start to bat .332 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs in 101 games since May 16. He now has 33 home runs, his most since 46 in 2005, and everybody associated with the
“I’ve never met a more professional guy,” Dempster said. “He’s just slugging away, and he’s a great leader by example.”
Macha said the team was still “evaluating” RHP