Game One Hundred Forty-Nine – Cubs 10 Brewers 2
WP – Tom Gorzelanny (6-2) LP – Braden Looper (13-7) Save – None
According to several reports, the Cubs were very relaxed for one of the few times this season and came out swinging against Braden Looper. The Cubs scored four runs in the first inning highlighted by a two-run single by Derrek Lee and a sacrifice fly RBI in the first big league at bat by Tyler Colvin.
The Cubs scored at least one run in five of the nine innings and put the game away in the second inning. Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez hit back-to-back homers off of Braden Looper in the three-run second. Derrek Lee finished the game 3-for-4 with a walk, his 34th home run of the year, a double and four RBI. Lee tied his career high in runs batted in with 107 set in 2005. Lee and Ramirez were a combined 6-for-8 with two home runs, five runs scored and six RBI.
Tyler Colvin made his Major League debut on Monday night in Milwaukee. Colvin played center, showed patience at the plate and recorded both his first hit and first RBI. Colvin was 1-for-3 with a walk.
Tom Gorzelanny threw the ball well after the offense gave him a four-run cushion in the top of the first. Gorzelanny allowed two runs in his five innings of work, two solo home runs by Mike Cameron, walked a batter and tied a career-high with nine strikeouts. Gorzelanny struck out nine Arizona Diamondbacks on August 7, 2007.
Aaron Heilman was not sharp in his two scoreless innings of work. The Cubs’ defense turned inning ending double plays behind Heilman in the sixth and seventh innings.
Justin Berg pitched the final two innings and allowed just two hits and no walks.
With Monday night’s victory, the Cubs improved to five games over .500 for the year and need just five more wins to post their third consecutive winning season. Ryan Theriot led off the game with an infield single over Casey McGehee’s head at third. Kosuke Fukudome then popped a double into shallow right. Felipe Lopez and Corey Hart collided, the ball fell to the ground and the Cubs had runners on second and third with no outs.
Derrek Lee ripped a 0-1 pitch from Braden Looper into center, both Theriot and Fukudome scored on Lee’s 104th and 105th RBI of the year.
Aramis Ramirez singled to center on the first pitch from Looper. Micah Hoffpauir grounded out to third. Both Lee and Ramirez advanced on the productive out. Jeff Baker singled to center on a 1-1 pitch to plate Lee with the Cubs’ third run.
Tyler Colvin made his way to the plate and showed patience in his first big league at bat. Colvin looked at two straight out of the strike zone before taking a strike. On a 2-1 pitch, Colvin flied out to left center. Ramirez scored, 4-0 Cubs. The first RBI of Tyler Colvin’s career.
Koyie Hill struck out looking to end the first inning.
Braden Looper retired Tom Gorzelanny and an overly aggressive Ryan Theriot to start the second inning. Kosuke Fukudome worked the count to 2-2 before ripping a single into center. With two outs and Kosuke on first, Derrek Lee launched the first pitch from Looper down the line in left just over the wall. Lee’s 34th homer of the year gave the Cubs a 6-0 lead and tied his career-high in RBI with 107.
Not to be outdone, Aramis Ramirez hit Looper’s first pitch over the wall in left center. Ramriez’s 14th of the season gave the Cubs a commanding 7-0 lead. The Cubs hit back-to-back home runs for the fifth time this season … it was the fourth time this year that Lee and Ramirez hit home runs in the same game and the 33rd time the duo have accomplished the feat in a Cubs’ uniform.
The offense was quiet in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
Derrek Lee doubled to right center past a diving Mike Cameron with two outs in the sixth. Aramis Ramirez drove him in with a bloop single to right center. Micah Hoffpauir grounded out to first to end the inning.
Jeff Baker led off the seventh with a single to left off of Josh Butler , the former Jacksonville Sun making his big league debut. Tyler Colvin grounded out to short but Baker advanced to second on the productive out. Koyie Hill struck out swinging for the second out. A wild pitch advanced Baker to third, then Bobby Scales delivered with a double off the wall in left on a 3-1 pitch from the rookie. Scales’ seventh double plated Baker with the Cubs ninth run.
The Cubs’ final run in the eighth inning was scored without a hit. Kosuke Fukudome and Derrek Lee walked to start the inning. Butler then hit Aramis Ramirez on a 0-1 pitch to load the bases. Mike Fontenot pinch-hit for Aaron Heilman and hit a sacrifice fly into center. Fukudome scored and Lee advanced to third. Jeff Baker popped out to right on the first pitch and Colvin grounded out to second to end the inning.
The game slowed down in the last few innings as both teams ran out rookies and players with less big league experience.
Randy Wells is scheduled to face Dave Bush on Tuesday night.