Bradley Blows up Again

Add another chapter to the Milton Bradley saga of controversy in his short tenure with the Cubs.

During Friday's 5-4 win over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, Bradley struck out twice and flied out. After his sixth-inning fly-out, he threw his helmet down in the dugout and slammed a water jug to the ground.

That prompted manager Lou Piniella to send Bradley home.

"He threw his helmet and smashed a water cooler, water flying all over," Piniella said. "I just told him to take his uniform off and go home. I followed him up into the clubhouse, and we exchanged some words.

"I don't like those things to happen, but I'm just tired of watching it."

What led up to it?

"What led up to it was the fired helmet and the smashed cooler," Piniella said. "This has been a common occurrence and I've looked the other way a lot. And I'm done with it."

All that said, Piniella said Bradley would be in Saturday's starting lineup. It's been a frustrating start in Chicago for Bradley, who is batting .237 with five homers and 16 RBIs.

"I'm not into discipline, I'm really not," Piniella said. "I'm going to put his name in the lineup (Saturday) and that's it."

Piniella benched Bradley Thursday in Detroit and said he'd do the same Friday. However, Piniella changed his mind and expressed hope Bradley would start hitting.

GM Jim Hendry said he would talk with Bradley Friday night or early Saturday and that he wanted players who were "all in" for the team.

CUBS 5, WHITE SOX 4: 3B Jake Fox hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and C Geovany Soto's hit a three-run blast in the seventh. RHP Randy Wells worked seven innings, giving up five hits and two runs. Kevin Gregg earned his 12th save.


--Soto has four homers in his last eight games. He was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer against the White Sox. Soto has been suspended from international play because of a positive test for marijuana at the World Baseball Classic. That news broke Thursday, and Piniella says he sees relief with Soto.

"I would have encouraged Geo to speak of this much, much sooner to get it his off his chest because I really think it's had a negative effect on his performance," Piniella said.

Soto waited for the International Baseball Federation to announce the suspension before apologizing Thursday.

--Wells has won two straight decisions after going his first seven major league starts without a win. He's 2-3 with a 2.57 ERA. He has seven quality starts in nine this year.

--Fox hit his first major league home run Friday. Fox is in his second stint with the Cubs this season. He fell a triple shy of the cycle, with a double and single in addition to the homer.


--Fox may earn additional playing time. He's batting .395 (15-for-38) with five doubles, two homers and 11 RBIs in 17 games. Fox is in his second stint with the big club after tearing up Class AAA at Iowa (Des Moines).

"How can you not put his name in the lineup every time you have a chance, because he's earned it?" said Piniella.

--RHP Carlos Marmol issued three walks, one intentional, against the White Sox. Marmol, who was pulled from the game after one-third of an inning, now has given up 38 walks in 34 1/3 innings. Harnessing his slider has been the biggest problem.

--3B Aramis Ramirez took all-out batting practice for the first time since suffering a dislocated left shoulder May 8. The Cubs will see how Ramirez feels after this weekend before deciding when he goes on a minor league rehab stint and when he returns to the active roster. --The Sports XChange



At Des Moines, the Cubs (40-34) collected 10 hits and won for the seventh time in nine games Friday. LF Matt Camp (2-for-3, walk) reached base three times and drove in a run. He is batting .361 in 18 games in June. C Steve Clevenger (1-for-3) singled to extend his hit streak to 10 games and raise his average to .282 in 25 games with Iowa. RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-3) won his second straight start, working seven innings and scattering three runs and eight hits. He struck out five batters and walked two.


At Montgomery, Ala., the Smokies (34-41 overall, 2-3 second half) were held to seven hits in the loss Friday. RF Doug Deeds (2-for-4) paced the offense with two hits, including his sixth home run and 14th double of the season. 3B Marquez Smith (1-for-4) collected his 17th double of the season. LHP Jeremy Papelbon (2-4) started and suffered the loss, allowing four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.


At Fort Myers, Fla., the Cubs (35-34, 4-3) tallied 16 hits in the victory Friday. Daytona had six players finish with two hits or more, including 2B Marwin Gonzalez (3-for-5, RBI), who led the team in hits. SS Starlin Castro (2-for-4) doubled, tripled, walked and drove in five runs. He has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. Daytona used four pitchers in the victory with RHP Henry Williamson (6-2) picking up the win in relief despite allowing four runs and five hits in two innings. RHP Craig Muschko started and pitched four innings, allowing one run and three hits to go with five strikeouts.


At Grand Chute, Wis., the Chiefs (38-33, 0-2) collected eight hits in the loss Friday. 3B Josh Vitters (2-for-4) hit his 14th home run, his first since May 31. RHP Chris Archer started and tossed five scoreless innings, allowing no hits and five walks. He struck out four batters. RHP Chris Huseby (1-5) suffered the loss in relief, allowing one run and four hits in one inning.


At Keizer, Ore., the Hawks (1-6) were held to two hits in the loss Friday. SS Hak-Ju Lee (1-for-3) continued his hot hitting, collecting his third double. He has hit safely in all seven games and has gone 11-for-28 (.393) to start the season. C Alvaro Sosa (1-for-3) hit his first home run for the team's only offense. RHP Robert Hernandez (0-1) started and suffered the loss, allowing four runs and five hits in four innings. He struck out five.


At Tempe, Ariz., the Cubs (2-3) collected 11 hits in the loss Friday. 2B Derrick Fitzgerald (3-for-5, RBI) and LF Sean Williams (3-for-4, RBI) paced the offense with three hits apiece with Fitzgerald collecting his fourth double in five games. The Cubs used five pitchers with RHP Toby Matchulat starting and tossing three innings, allowing an unearned run and one hit. LHP Cody Hams (0-1), an international free agent signing in Australia in 2008, suffered the loss. He allowed four runs on two hits and three walks in two-thirds of an inning.

--Staff Reports

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