Game Nineteen – Cubs 12 Brewers 2
WP – Randy Wells (2-0) LP – Dave Bush (1-1) Save – None
What will be lost in the weekend sweep of the Brewers is the way Lou Piniella’s pitching staff shutdown Milwaukee’s offense. Cubs pitching held the Brewers to four runs in three games after Ryan Braun and company scored 47 runs in the four games leading up to the weekend series at Miller Park.
Tyler Colvin, Ryan Theriot, Kosuke Fukudome and the Cubs’ offense put together their best game of the year. The Cubs pounded out a season-high 18 hits, hit four home runs that included tape measure blasts from Kosuke Fukudome, Tyler Colvin and Derrek Lee and scored a season-high 12 runs. The four longballs was the most for a Cubs team since last July against the Reds.
Ryan Theriot recorded the second five-hit day of his career (2006) and both Tyler Colvin and Kosuke Fukudome had three hits on the afternoon.
Tyler Colvin jump-started the Cubs’ offense with a two-run double in the first inning. Colvin added his third homer in the third … a shot to the second deck in right. Colvin drove in three runs subbing for Marlon Byrd.
Fukudome hit the longest home run of his Cubs’ career in the second. His two-run blast gave the Cubs a commanding 5-0 lead. Fukudome doubled and scored on Derrek Lee’s fourth longball of the year in the fourth inning.
Geovany Soto, who has quietly put together a good start to the season offensively, hit his second home run of the season in the fourth inning. Soto was 2-for-4 on Sunday with a walk, two runs scored and a RBI.
All nine in Lou Piniella’s starting lineup recorded at least one hit, including Randy Wells. Wells doubled and scored on a single by Ryan Theriot in the seventh.
The struggling Cubs’ offense scored 25 runs in three games at Miller Park.
With the sweep of the Brewers, the Cubs finished the seven-game road trip with a 4-3 record and improved to 9-10 on the young season … The Cubs got off to a great start against Dave Bush on Sunday afternoon. Bush, who had been very good on the season before Sunday, gave up a leadoff single to Ryan Theriot on the ninth pitch of the at bat. Kosuke Fukudome walked … Theriot and Fukudome set the tone for the game.
Rickie Weeks was playing Derrek Lee up the middle but could not handle the chopper hit by the Cubs’ first baseman. Weeks dropped the ball and the Cubs had the bases loaded with no outs on the error. Aramis Ramirez struck out swinging for the first out.
Tyler Colvin doubled to the right field corner on a 1-0 offering from Dave Bush. Theriot and Fukudome scored … 2-0 Cubs.
Alfonso Soriano hit a sacrifice fly to right on a 0-1 pitch and plated Lee with the Cubs’ third run.
Randy Wells was finally given some run support and had to pitch out of a self-imposed jam in the first inning.
Craig Counsell reached on a error by Wells. Counsell hit a grounder to Derrek Lee on a 2-2 pitch. Wells covered but dropped the ball. Wells then hit Ryan Braun on a 2-1 pitch. Wells settled down and retired Prince Fielder on a fly out to left and Jim Edmonds on a fly out to center.
Geovany Soto led off the second with a walk but Wells bunted the ball too hard to Fielder. The 3-6-4 double play appeared to put an end to the second inning. But Ryan Theriot singled to right and scored on Kosuke Fukudome’s home run to left center. Fukudome ripped a 2-2 pitch from Bush and gave the Cubs a 5-0 lead.
Tyler Colvin launched a 1-2 from Bush to the second deck over the wall in right … and put the Cubs up 6-0.
Geovany Soto led off the fourth with a home run to center … his second of the year, both off the Brewers. Following a groundout by Randy Wells and a lineout to third by Ryan Theriot, Kosuke Fukudome doubled to right center.
Derrek Lee stepped in and launched a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left center. Lee’s fourth of the year gave the Cubs a 9-0 lead in the fourth inning.
The Brewers got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Prince Fielder and Jim Edmonds started the inning with back-to-back singles. Corey Hart hit a tailor made double play ball to Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez bobbled the ball but threw out Hart at first. Gregg Zaun grounded out to Derrek Lee for the second out but Fielder scored, 9-1 Cubs. With Jim Edmonds at third, Alcides Escobar grounded out to third to end the inning.
The Cubs scored for the fifth inning in a row after Mike Fontenot led off with a single to left … the Cubs’ 11th hit of the game. Geovany Soto singled to center on a 3-2 pitch. After Wells fouled out, Ryan Theriot drove in Fontenot and Soto with a double to right center … 11-1 Cubs.
Kosuke Fukudome singled and Theriot advanced to third but Derrek Lee grounded into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play.
The Cubs took a 12-1 lead in the top of the seventh after Randy Wells doubled to right with one out off of LaTroy Hawkins. Ryan Theriot followed with a single down the line in right that was a foul ball. Replays showed the Cubs caught a break. Wells scored the 12th and final run of the game for Lou Piniella’s crew.
The Brewers scored their second run in the home half of the seventh. Alcides Escobar reached on a one-out single and scored on a pinch-hit double by Joe Inglett. Jody Gerut flied out to the track in right center, Inglett advanced but Wells finally retired Craig Counsell. The thorn in the Cubs’ side struck out swinging to end the inning.
James Russell retired the Brewers in order in the eighth (Braun, Fielder and Edmonds) and Justin Berg allowed a hit and a walk in the ninth … the Cubs lack of defense up the middle allowed the inning to continue.
It was a good day … and a great weekend for the Chicago Cubs. Now it’s time to build on their first three-game winning streak of the year.
The Cubs open a three-game series against the Nationals on Monday at Wrigley Field. Carlos Silva will face John Lannan in game one of the seven-game homestand.