Game One Hundred Six – Cubs 1 Brewers 18
WP – Yovani Gallardo (10-5) LP – Randy Wells (5-9) Save – None
The Brewers took live batting practice Monday night and handed the Cubs one of their worst losses in recent memory.
For the second time in four days, the Cubs lost a game by at least 15 runs. It has gone from can the Cubs win a game to how will they lose. Monday it was back-to-back five run innings by the Brewers and it got worse as the game wore on.
The Chicago Cubs were embarrassed once again Monday night at Wrigley. The Brewers abused Cubs’ pitching to the tune of 18 runs on 26 hits … the 26 hits tied a franchise record set on September 2, 1957 for hits allowed in a nine inning game. While the Brewers ended their five-game losing streak, the Cubs extended theirs to a season-high six games. This group of players has quit and for the first time since 2006, the Chicago Cubs organization is 14 games under the .500 mark.
Over the last six games (0-6), the Cubs have been outscored 63-17.
The pitching staff took another beating and it all started with Randy Wells. Wells was horrible the second time through the lineup. He allowed five runs in the fourth with Casey McGehee hitting the big blast of the inning … a three run shot to center.
Wells was tagged for two more, one earned, in the fifth and left after facing two batters while not recording an out. Wells’ line Monday night: seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits without a walk and five strikeouts in four innings.
While the Brewers were busy knocking the cover off the ball, the Cubs pathetic offense was busy swinging and missing everything Yovani Gallardo hurled at them. Gallardo allowed two hits in six innings, a pair of doubles by Starlin Castro, and just one run. Gallardo issued one free pass and tied a career high with 12 strikeouts.
Casey Coleman was called-up from Triple-A Iowa Monday and made his big league debut in the sixth inning. Coleman, who is not a reliever and should not pitch out the bullpen, struggled with his command and was hit pretty hard. Coleman gave up six runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings with a pair of walks and a strikeout.
The Cubs offense, if you want to call it that, managed just four hits, all doubles, and five total baserunners in nine innings. The Cubs only run scored on a ground out to short by Aramis Ramirez in the fourth inning.
$140 million just does go as far as it used to.
Monday loss was the Cubs’ 60th of the season (46-60) and for as bad as 2009 felt, this season keeps getting worse every time they cross in between the lines … With the latest embarrassment, the Cubs have lost eight of ten and they appear to have called it a season with 56 games left on the schedule.
The game was actually scoreless over the first three innings, then the Brewers lit up the scoreboard from the fourth inning on … here’s how they scored:
- Ryan Braun singled, Prince Fielder singled and Casey McGehee launched a homer to center … 3-0 Brewers
- Jim Edmonds singled, Alcides Escobar singled and Jonathan Lucroy recorded the Brewers’ sixth straight hit to load the bases.
- Rickie Weeks doubled to left center … Edmonds and Escobar scored. 5-0 Brewers
- Prince Fielder singled, McGehee singled and chased Randy Wells from the game.
- Justin Berg walked Edmonds to load the bases with no outs.
- Alcides Escobar singled to left, Fielder scored … 6-1 Brewers
- Lucroy lined out to second and Yovani Gallardo hit a grounder to Ramirez at third. Ramirez’ threw low to Soto, McGehee scored on the error … 6-1 Brewers
- Weeks hit into a 6-4 fielder’s choice, Edmonds scored 8-1 Brewers.
- Corey Hart single to center. Escobar scored, 9-1 Brewers.
- Ryan Braun blopped a single into left center, Weeks scored … 10-1 Brewers
Casey Coleman made his big league debut … and took one for his team.
- McGehee walked, Edmonds singled and Escobar single to left center. McGehee scored … 11-1 Brewers. Carlos Gomez ran for Edmonds.
- Lucroy hit into a 6-4-3 double play and Gallardo struck out
- Corey Hart singled to right center with one out. Braun singled, Fielder singled to center. Hart scored … 12-1
- McGehee flied out to deep right, Braun tagged and scored … 13-1
- Gomez was hit by Coleman on a 0-1 pitch. Escobar walked and Lucroy grounded out to first.
- Craig Counsell reached on an infield single to short. Weeks grounded out. Hart singled to right. Braun singled to right to load the bases. Brian Schlitter replaced Coleman and gave up a bases-clearing double to Prince Fielder … 16-1
- McGehee struck out and Gomez was hit in the head by Schlitter. Escobar flied out to right to end the inning.
- Craig Counsell led off with a single to left. Joe Inglett singled to right. Hart reached on a fielder’s choice. Braun singled to left. Counsell scored, 17-1
- Fielder singled to left with the Brewers 26th hit. Hart scored, 18-1.
Monday was ugly, embarrassing and disgusting … and the bad thing is that the Cubs probably have not hit rock bottom yet.
… And the Brewers just got another hit.
Thomas Diamond will make his big league debut Tuesday night against Chris Narveson.