Flu Bug Bites, but Cubs' Starters Return to Lineup

By Miles, Bruce | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), May 6, 1996 | Go to article overview

Flu Bug Bites, but Cubs' Starters Return to Lineup


Miles, Bruce, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Bruce Miles Daily Herald Sports Writer

The flu bug is still running through the Cubs' clubhouse, but manager Jim Riggleman went with a regular lineup Sunday.

"We've still got some guys under the weather, but they'll play," Riggleman said. "You just ride it out."

Mark Grace, Jim Bullinger, Todd Haney and Rey Sanchez were among those hit. Bullinger is expected to start tonight's series opener at Montreal.

If that were not the case, Riggleman said he'd probably go with a committee of bullpen pitchers.

Grace, who missed Saturday's game, was still fighting it Sunday.

"It's about the same, but I'm going to give it a whirl," said Grace, who had about a 101-degree fever. "But this weather is starting to get depressing."

Grace had a pair of singles Sunday and scored 2 runs.

- Speaking of the weather, the average game-time temperature at Wrigley Field this spring has been 46.8 degrees.

- Ryne Sandberg's overall errorless streak ended at 25 games Sunday with a ninth-inning bobble of Rey Ordonez's grounder. His last error was June 8, 1994, at Philadelphia.

- With Sammy Sosa's ninth-inning homer, the Cubs have won seven games in their last at-bat. Sosa has four of those game-winning hits. The Cubs have 10 come-from-behind victories this season.

- Mark Grace on Sammy Sosa's game-winning home run, which broke a window across Waveland Avenue: "I'd have to hit the ball three times to do that. …

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