Thursday, April 29, 2004  
Pole 1-0 as Cubs Manager

The Cubs avoided an embarassing sweep at the hands of the Diamondbacks with a 4-3 win.

On the plus side, Alex Gonzalez continued his mystifying ability to hit clutch home runs, Greg Maddux pitched six solid innings, leadoff man Todd Walker got on base three times and scored twice, and Joe Borowski got a Mitch Williams-esque save.

On the minus side, Steve Finley somehow hit three home runs, one of which was served up by LaTroy Hawkins in the 8th, the Cubs managed all of six hits, and Maddux allowed 8 baserunners and 2 homers.

Interim manager Dick Pole served in Baker's stead while the latter served the suspension he received during the altercation with CB Bucknor. Does anyone know if that's Pole's first game as manager?

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