08/29/2002 5:21 PM ET
Bellhorn makes history in Cubs' win
Switch-hitter belts homer from each side in one inning
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- Mark Bellhorn blasted his way into baseball history from both sides.
Bellhorn became only the second Major League player and first in the National League to homer from both sides of the plate in one inning, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 13-10 victory Thursday over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Richie Sexson hit his second grand slam of the season with one out in the Brewers ninth off Kyle Farnsworth to entertain those remaining of the crowd of 29,324 at Miller Park. Milwaukee scored six runs in the ninth.
Bellhorn's homers were just enough. He hit a two-run homer from the right off Milwaukee lefty Andrew Lorraine in the fourth inning. In his second at-bat of the inning against right-hander Jose Cabrera, he hit his 23rd home run, a three-run shot, from the left.
The only other Major League player to homer from both sides in one inning was Carlos Baerga, who did so April 8, 1993, for Cleveland in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees.
The Hall of Fame wanted Bellhorn's bat for Cooperstown. It was a nice baseball highlight on the eve of the strike deadline. The Cubs finished 4-6 on this 10-game road trip and head back to Chicago, not knowing whether they'll have to report to work Friday because of the ongoing labor negotiations.
The Cubs were to open a six-day, eight-game homestand beginning with the St. Louis Cardinals and Friday's game would be the first affected if there is a players strike. Negotiations were continuing.
"It's kind of a waiting game now," Cubs player representative Joe Girardi said.
The Brewers have postponed their travel to Cincinnati until Friday. Milwaukee manager Jerry Royster said he will hold the team's charter flight at the airport until he gets word that the games are on.
Jamey Wright had a change in travel plans. The Brewers announced in the bottom of the ninth inning they had traded the right-handed pitcher to the St. Louis Cardinals for a minor league outfielder and a player to be named later. Wright was 5-13 with a 5.35 ERA in 19 starts for the Brewers and scheduled to start Friday.
Matt Clement (11-9) struck out 10 for the win, his second in a row. He gave up four runs on five hits and two walks over seven innings. It was his sixth double-digit strikeout game and raised his season total to 187, third best in the league.
Andrew Lorraine (0-1), a former Cub making his season debut for the Brewers, took the loss, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings.
The Cubs sent 13 batters to the plate in the 10-run fourth. With a runner on and none out, Bellhorn hit his 22nd home run off a 1-0 pitch from Lorraine. The Cubs then loaded the bases on singles by Bill Mueller and Todd Hundley and an error by Lorraine whose throw to first on Clement's sacrifice was short. Bobby Hill singled to score Mueller and make it 3-0.
Corey Patterson was safe at first on a fielder's choice and Angel Echevarria followed with a two-run double to go ahead 5-0 and chase Lorraine. Alex Gonzalez added a sacrifice fly.
Bellhorn then hit his second homer, the second time he has connected from both sides of the plate this season. He also did so June 30 against the White Sox, although that was different innings.
Sosa was the last Cub to homer twice in one inning, doing so May 16, 1996, in the seventh against Houston. Bellhorn is the first Cub to drive in five runs in one inning since Billy Williams did so in the first inning on May 1, 1964, and his five RBI are a career high.
Carrie Muskat covers the Cubs for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.