Game One Hundred Fifty – Cubs 7 Brewers 2
WP – Randy Wells (11-9) LP – Dave Bush (5-8) Save – None
For the second straight night the Cubs put a crooked number on the board in the first inning at Miller Park … with run scoring hits by Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez. The Cubs scored three runs in the opening inning and scored all seven of their runs in the first four innings of the game.
After being handled at Wrigley last week by Dave Bush, the Cubs’ offense knocked Bush out of the game in the second inning on Tuesday night. The Cubs scored six runs, five earned, on four hits with four walks against Bush in just 1 1/3 innings of work.
Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez did a majority of the damage early on before a wild pitch and an error by Jason Kendall with Lee at the plate scored two of the Cubs’ three runs in the second inning.
Derrek Lee set a new career high in runs batted in on Tuesday night. Lee drove in the game’s first run with a ground rule double and added his 35th homer of the year in the fourth, a solo shot to right center. Derrek Lee’s 109 RBI, with 12 games remaining on the schedule, tops his previous high of 107 in 2005.
Derrek Lee finished the game 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI … in the first two games of the series, Lee is 6-for-8 with three doubles, two home runs, two walks and six RBI.
Aramis Ramirez gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead in the first with a two-run RBI single off of Dave Bush. Ramirez has driven in 63 runs in just 77 games this season.
Tyler Colvin played a big part in Tuesday night’s win. Colvin was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored at the plate, but his defense in center was a bigger key. Colvin showed a lot of range throughout the night and robbed Ryan Braun of a three-run homer in the ninth with a leaping catch at the wall. Colvin timed his leap perfectly and turned a three-run shot into a sacrifice fly and the second out of the inning. Colvin caught the final three outs of the ballgame.
Randy Wells picked up his 11th win in his 25th start of the year with a solid performance against the Brewers. Wells was not as sharp as he’s been this season but showed a lot of improvement from his previous two outings. Wells gave up only one run, a solo home run by Prince Fielder in the second, on seven hits with five strikeouts. The biggest reason for the improvement, Wells did not walk a single batter on Tuesday night … his only ‘freebie‘ came in the sixth when he hit Jason Kendall on a 0-1 pitch with two outs.
Sean Marshall and Esmailin Caridad pitched scoreless innings of relief. John Grabow surrendered the Brewers second and final run of the night in the ninth. Casey McGehee doubled to start the inning. After a deep fly to center advanced McGehee to third, he scored on the ‘sacrifice fly to center‘ by Ryan Braun.
The Cubs improved to 10-6 on the year against the Brewers and are four wins away from securing their third winning season in a row … The Cubs showed a lot of patience in the almost two innings against Dave Bush. Ryan Theriot has been swinging at a lot of first pitches of late but he walked to start the game. Kosuke Fukudome (2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and a RBI) singled to right on a 2-1 pitch. Derrek Lee then ripped a 1-1 pitch over Ryan Braun’s head in left, the ball hopped over the wall and Theriot scored on the ground rule double.
With runners on second and third with no outs, Aramis Ramirez singled to center on a 1-1 pitch. Fukudome and Lee scored, 3-0 Cubs.
Jake Fox flied out to left, Jeff Baker struck out and Geovany Soto struck out swinging to end the inning … Aramis Ramirez stole his second base of the year during Soto’s at bat.
Tyler Colvin led off the second with a walk. Randy Wells sacrificed him to second (Wells put down two successful sacrifice bunts on Tuesday night, number 10 and 11 on the year). Ryan Theriot walked on four pitches ahead of the Cubs second ground rule double of the night by Kosuke Fukudome.
Fukudome ripped a 3-2 pitch from Dave Bush into left center that plated Tyler Colvin … then the inning turned wild.
Derrek Lee stepped in. Dave Bush uncorked a wild pitch over Lee’s head on a 1-0 pitch. Theriot scored easily and Fukudome came all the way around from second when Jason Kendall’s throw got away from Bush … 6-0, Cubs. Derrek Lee walked and ended Dave Bush’s night.
Chris Smith walked Aramis Ramirez but retired Jake Fox and Jeff Baker to end the inning.
The Cubs seventh and final run came in the fourth on Derrek Lee’s home run to right center.
The Cubs managed only eight hits but walked five times while the game was still in question.
Randy Wells shutdown the Brewers in order to start the game. His only mistake in the first two innings was to Prince Fielder. Fielder led off the second with his 41st home run of the year, a solo shot to left center. With the Cubs up 6-1 at that point, Wells’ job was to throw strikes … and he did.
Jody Gerut and Alcides Escobar both singled in the second but Wells struck out relief pitcher Chris Smith to end the inning.
The Brewers put two on with two outs in the fourth after a Gerut single to right center and another single by Escobar. Randy Wells struck out pinch-hitter Mat Gamel to end the inning.
Jeff Samardzija will face southpaw Chris Narveson in the series and season finale against the Brewers on Wednesday night.