Jones Reacts to Hostility

Cubs fans' dislike for right fielder Jacque Jones hit a low when a fan threw a baseball toward his head in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's 4-0 victory over Washington.

Jones slumped in April and drew verbal heat at Wrigley Field. In May he picked up his offense but has been doubled off second base three times, including Tuesday night, which caused more booing toward him on the night.

"Yeah, it was scary -- it went past my face," Jones said of the incident. "But I'm not going to let one person ruin my time here. I signed here for three years and I signed to help the team win. I probably haven't played my best baseball, and I understand that. You can voice whatever opinions. But throwing stuff at me is not acceptable in any way, shape or form.

"But I'm not going to let one incident ruin what I came here to do. I'm not going to leave here until I help this team win."

REPLAY: It's been awhile, but the Cubs finally won two in a row and registered a second straight shutout as well. The Cubs beat Washington 5-0 at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night -- one night after registering a 4-0 win over the Nationals.

It's the first time the Cubs won back-to-back games since winning three April 23-25.

Rookie Sean Marshall gave up one hit in six innings, Alfonso Soriano's sixth-inning single. Bob Howry, Scott Williamson and Scott Eyre each pitched an inning to close out the one-hitter. Todd Walker drove in two runs, and rookie Freddie Bynum hit his first career home run.

NOTES, QUOTES

--SS Ronny Cedeno was moved back from second to eighth in the lineup and came up with a perfect suicide squeeze in the second inning against Washington on Wednesday night.

--3B Aramis Ramirez has been bumped from fourth to fifth in the lineup, and manager Dusty Baker said that Ramirez came to him and requested it. Ramirez was hitting just .215 in his first 36 games.

--RHP Kerry Wood makes his season debut Thursday afternoon against Washington after undergoing Aug. 31 shoulder surgery. Wood's last start in a Cubs uniform came July 20 when he gave up three runs in three innings on a 9-3 loss at Cincinnati. He went on the disabled list with a strained shoulder but came back to make 11 relief appearances in August before he was shut down.

--INF/OF John Mabry entered Wednesday's action hitting just .208, but he has made some heads-up plays in his occasional starts at first base. If he could pick his average up, he could get more starts at that position until Derrek Lee returns.

--RHP Carlos Zambrano threw 122 pitches in Tuesday's eight-innings outing. Zambrano prides himself in being able to log a heavy workload, and in nine starts, Zambrano has never thrown fewer than 102 pitches.


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