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Cubs play before smallest crowd since ’02

Cubs play before smallest crowd since '02

Carlos Marmol pumps his fist after retiring the final batter of the game on Monday. (Tribune photo)

Where have all the Cubs fans gone? The Tribune tries to figure it out:

The newest challenge facing the Cubs isn’t an opposing pitcher or hitter.

It’s trying to return to the days when lousy weather wasn’t a deterrent in filling their ballpark.

Playing in front of their smallest crowd in nine years, the Cubs beat the Diamondbacks 4-1 Monday behind strong pitching by Randy Wells, a pair of RBIs by Alfonso Soriano and some clutch pitching out of the bullpen.

The attendance was announced at 26,292, or about double the number of actual fans at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs confirmed it was the smallest crowd at Wrigley since 20,032 showed up on Sept. 26, 2002, when interim manager Bruce Kimm’s team was playing out the string against the Reds and rookie Carlos Zambrano was on the mound.

Read more: Chicago Cubs beat Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1.

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