Theriot, Fontenot Reunite in Cubs Infield

Mike Fontenot (right) turns a double play from Ryan Theriot (left)
Mike Fontenot (right) turns a double play from Ryan Theriot (left)
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CHICAGO -- Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot made up the starting middle infield on the LSU baseball team in 2000 that reached the College World Series. On Monday night, the two were paired together again in the infield for the Cubs, the first time they've been together since the CWS.

Fontenot had a rough initiation. He got clocked in the head when Atlanta's Edgar Renteria slid hard into him at second base Sunday.

"I think it was probably frustration on Renteria's part," Piniella said of the slide. "Sometimes umpires call that play, and sometimes they don't, and last night they chose not to."

To his credit, Fontenot kept his cool.

"I figured I was low, and when he came in, he just hit me," said Fontenot, who had a little achiness Monday but nothing to keep him out of the lineup.

It was quite a game for the infielder, who also hit his first Major League home run. Good thing the fans in Atlanta tossed it back, because he was able to get the souvenir.

"It's definitely special," Fontenot said. "I had some family -- parents and a brother and sister -- who came to the game and got a chance to see it."

It was a little tough getting tickets. Fontenot was alloted six, and he "stole" one from Theriot.

Fontenot, who was hitless in his seven-game Major League debut in April and May of 2005, was recalled from Class-AAA Iowa on June 10 after a four-day stint in the big league in May 2007.

He earned his first MLB hit in his first at bat this season -- a pinch-hit double in a 10-1 win over the New York Mets.

In three games since his return from the minors, Fontenot is batting .455 (5-for-11) with his first career double, triple and homer. He has three RBI and three runs scored.




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