Game Sixty-Six – Cubs 5 Brewers 4 – 10 innings
WP – Jeff Samardzija (5-2) LP – Tim Dillard (1-1) Save – None
The Cubs were down 3-0 going into the bottom of the seventh. Yovani Gallardo had not allowed a hit since the third inning and the Cubs appeared to be well on their way another loss.
Geovany Soto put the Cubs on the board in the bottom of the seventh with his fifth home run of the season.
Kosuke Fukudome (1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a sacrifice bunt) reached on a one-out ground rule double in the eighth and scored on Starlin Castro’s second hit of the game, a double to left center. Aramis Ramirez (1-for-3 with a home run, a walk and two RBI) played one of his best games of the season in the field and at the plate Tuesday night.
Aramis Ramirez tied the game at four with his fifth longball of the year … a two-run liner into the bleachers in left center. The game remained tied at four until the bottom of the 10th.
Tony Campana (1-for-2 with a run scored) led off the 10th with his second double of the season. Kosuke Fukudome sacrificed Campana to third and set it up for the Cubs’ shortstop.
Starlin Castro (3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBI) stepped in and lined a single into right center on the first pitch from Tim Dillard. Campana scored … Cubs Win!
The Cubs posted back-to-back wins at Wrigley for the first time since April … and Q’s squad handed the Brewers their first back-to-back losses in 36 games.
Randy Wells technically put together a quality start but it was anything but a quality outing. Wells kept his team in the game and allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits in six innings. Wells walked three, struck out two and threw 95 pitches, 55 for strikes. Wells walked the tightrope and pitched from behind in the count for a majority of his outing. The Brewers did not capitalize early and it cost them late. Between the eight hits, three walks and three errors, Wells had 14 of the 30 batters he faced reach base.
Rodrigo Lopez gave up a run in his one-plus inning Tuesday night and James Russell retired the only batter he faced, Craig Counsell on a sacrifice bunt.
Chris Carpenter made his big league debut and was pretty impressive after allowing a hit to Rickie Weeks on the first pitch he threw. Carpenter struck out Nyjer Morgan swinging and did not give up another run (no earned runs) in his two-thirds of an inning.
After Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless ninth to send the game into extra innings, Jeff Samardzija retired three of the four batters he faced and picked up his second win in as many days.
The Cubs horrific defense was on full display Tuesday night. Q’s squad committed three more errors, ninth time this season the Cubs committed at least three errors in the same game … the Cubs have committed four errors in a game three different times this season.
Mike Quade was ejected in the ninth inning for arguing balls and strikes. The second time Quade has been thrown out of a game this season.
With Tuesday’s win, the Cubs improved to 14-19 at Wrigley Field and 27-39 on the year, 12 games below the mediocre mark … It was obvious in the first inning that it was going to be a rough night for Randy Wells. Rickie Weeks led off the game with a single to left on Wells’ first pitch. Nyjer Morgan popped out to center on the first pitch. Wells started falling behind at that point but retired Ryan Braun on a fly out to center on a 3-2 offering. Prince Fielder flied out to right on a 2-0 pitch to end the inning. Wells threw 11 pitches, six for strikes.
Wells got away with several mistakes in the opening inning … and they would catch up to him until the third.
Yuniesky Betancourt reached on a two-out single in the second. Jonathan Lucroy followed with an infield single to the hole at short. Starlin Castro made a sensational diving stop to keep the ball on the infield but airmailed his throw to Pena. The Cubs first error of the night (54th of the year) put runners on second and third with two outs. Wells struck out Gallardo swinging on a 2-2 pitch to end the inning.
The Cubs did nothing against Gallardo in the bottom of the second.
The Brewers finally broke through in the third. Rickie Weeks led off with a single to left center on a 1-2 pitch. Nyjer Morgan placed a bunt on the first base side of the mound. Wells fielded the ball but his nonchalant shovel throw to Jeff Baker sailed over Baker’s head. Morgan was given a bunt single and the Brewers had runners on second and third after the Cubs second error of the night (55th error of the season).
Ryan Braun ripped Wells’ first pitch into left center. Weeks scored but Morgan held at third with no outs. Wells walked Prince Fielder on five pitches to load the bases.
Casey McGehee hit the first pitch back up the middle. Starlin Castro made a diving stop to keep the ball on the infield. Castro flipped to Baker to force Fielder with the first out of the inning. Morgan scored on the play … 2-0 Brewers.
Wells walked Corey Hart to reload the bases.
The Cubs caught a break when Betancourt popped out to Pena for the second out. Jonathan Lucroy lined out to left to end the inning. After three, Wells’ pitch count stood at 51, 30 for strikes.
Reed Johnson led off the third with a double down the left field line. Randy Wells stepped in and fouled off three bunt attempts. Wells struck out and his inability to sacrifice Johnson to third cost the Cubs a run. Kosuke flied out to center for the second out … and Starlin Castro grounded out to short to end the inning.
The Brewers tacked on a run in the fourth after Randy Wells walked Yovani Gallardo to start the inning.
Rickie Weeks flied out to left center but Nyjer Morgan reached on a single to right. Fukudome tried to make a shoestring catch. The wind knocked the sinking liner down and Kosuke could not haul it in. The Cubs nearly forced Gallardo at second but he reached base just ahead of Fukudome’s throw.
Ryan Braun hit a 2-2 pitch to Jeff Baker that should have been an inning ending double play but Baker threw low and wide to Castro. Everyone was safe and the bases were loaded with Brewers. The Cubs third error of the night (56th of the year) was incorrectly charged to Starlin Castro.
Prince Fielder hit a 2-0 pitch into left. Gallardo tagged and scored … 3-0 Brewers. After a double steal with McGehee at the plate, the Brewers’ third baseman grounded out to short to end the inning.
Randy Wells worked his way around a one-out single by Yuniesky Betancourt in the fifth … and ended his night by retiring the Brewers in order in the sixth. Wells’ last inning of work was the first time he retired the Brewers in order on Tuesday night.
Wells departed after six and allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Wells threw 95 pitches, 55 for strikes.
The Cubs first hit since the third inning was off the bat of Soto in the bottom of the seventh. Geovany Soto launched the first pitch he saw over the wall in left center.
With the Cubs down 3-1, Rodrigo Lopez started the eighth and walked Jonathan Lucroy to start the inning. Quade went to his pen and brought in James Russell to face Craig Counsell.
The pesky veteran dropped a sac bunt to third. Lucroy advanced to second and Quade went back to his pen for Chris Carpenter.
Rickie Weeks ripped Carpenter’s first pitch into the corner in left. Lucroy scored on Weeks’ double … 4-1 Brewers. Carpenter struck out Nyjer Morgan swinging for his first big league strikeout.
Ryan Braun fell behind 0-2 before grounding out to short to end the inning.
Chris Carpenter threw 13 pitches, 10 for strikes.
Marco Estrada took over for Yovani Gallardo in the eighth after Gallardo had held the Cubs to one run on three hits in seven innings. Gallardo struck out 10, walked two and threw 109 pitches, 68 for strikes.
Tony Campana grounded out to first to start the inning. Kosuke Fukudome ripped Estrada’s first pitch over Morgan’s head in center. The ball stuck in the vines under the basket for a ground rule double.
Starlin Castro ripped a 0-1 pitch into left center. Fukudome scored on Castro’s 18th double of the year … 4-2 Brewers.
Aramis Ramirez lined a 1-1 pitch into the bleachers in left center … game tied at four on Aramis’ fifth homer of the season.
Ron Roenicke went to his pen and brought in lefty Zach Braddock to face Carlos Pena and Blake DeWitt. Pena grounded out to second and DeWitt was called out on a check swing to end the inning.
Carlos Marmol took over in the ninth to face Fielder, McGehee, Hart and Betancourt.
Marmol appeared to throw strike three on a 2-2 offering to Fielder. The ball broke back over the plate but was called a ball. Quade yelled from the dugout and was thrown out for arguing balls and strikes. Fielder ended up flying out to center.
Casey McGehee singled to center on a 2-2 pitch. Roenicke went to his bench and sent Carlos Gomez out to run for McGehee. Gomez stole second on the first pitch to Corey Hart. Marmol ended up striking out Hart swinging.
Yuniesky Betancourt grounded out to third to end the inning. Ramirez made a fine play on the chopper … and Pena made an excellent scoop to send the game to the bottom of the ninth tied at four.
LaTroy Hawkins retired the Cubs in order in the bottom of the ninth.
Jeff Samardzija took the hill in the 10th and walked Jonathan Lucroy to start the inning. Josh Wilson, who came in for McGehee in the ninth, bunted the ball sharply to Carlos Pena. Pena threw to second and forced Lucroy for the first out.
Samardzija’s command problems continued and he fell behind Rickie Weeks 2-0. Wilson stole second on the 2-0 offering to Weeks. Weeks eventually flied out to right on a 3-2 pitch … and Nyjer Morgan tapped back to the mound on a 0-1 pitch to end the inning.
Tony Campana led off the bottom of the 10th with a double down the left field line. Campana showed off his dynamic speed once again. Kosuke Fukudome looked at two straight out of the zone from Tim Dillard. Kosuke then dropped a successful sac bunt that advanced Campana to third.
Roenicke met with his team on the mound and moved Ryan Braun into the infield with one out and the winning run on third.
Starlin Castro wasted no time and ripped Dillard’s first pitch into right center. Campana scored … Cubs Win!
The Cubs completed the comeback … and scored all five of their runs from the seventh inning on. Tuesday was an ugly game early on, but what a finish.
Carlos Zambrano will face Chris Narveson in game three Wednesday night.