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Cubs 11 Brewers 4, Cubs sweep!

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Box score.  The Cubs take the fourth and final game of this road series, sweep the second-place Brewers, and cruise to their fifth in a row.  The Cubs outscore the Brewers 31-11 in the series.  This is the Cubs’ first 4-game road sweep since 2004 in Houston.

Edmonds homers in the 3rd, a solo shot, then follows it up with a grand slam in the 4th.  Soriano added on another solo shot in the 8th, his 18th, as does Fukudome, his 8th.  Them north side boys is on fire.  It’s fantastic to see everybody producing.  It seems like every night a different guy steps up and gets things rolling.

More solid pitching for Harden, and finally some run support.  He goes 7, strikes out 9, and gives up 6 hits, no walks, and a single run.  He threw 105 pitches, and earns his first win with the Cubs.  Howry pitched the 8th: 1 BB, 1 K, 0 H, 0 R.  Eyre is back in game action after a stint on the DL, and pitches the start of the 9th: 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER.  Marshall finishes it: 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K.

Brewers’ reliever Eric Gagné gets tossed in the 9th after throwing at Edmonds on a 3-0 count.  Gagné missed Edmonds, because Gagné sucks.  Edmonds is the bigger man, and takes his base.  The umpires issue official warnings to both teams afterward.  The very next pitch, from Seth McClung, is very high and tight to Soto, but the umpires take no action.  Soto proceeds to double off McClung, and Fontenot doubles right after, driving in Edmonds and Soto.

Prince Fielder also gets tossed, in the bottom of the 9th, for barking at the umpire about an earlier pitch call after popping out, and shattering his bat on the ground.

With this win, the Cubs are now 5 up on the Brewers, and 4.5 up on the Cardinals (until their game with the Braves this evening).

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Written by ollie

31 July 2008 at 1:29 pm

Cubs 7 Brewers 2

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AP Photo/Darren Hauck

AP Photo/Darren Hauck

Box score. The Cubs take the third game of this series from the Brewers and their fourth in a row, in dominant fashion (Cubbie swagger son). They’ll look for the sweep tomorrow, a day game at 1:05 CT (TV: WGN).

More strong offense from the blazing Cubs: 14 hits, 8 walks, a double, a triple, and 7 runs. Like yesterday, the Cubs manage to get it done with no home runs. Soriano is 3-4, Theriot 3-3 with 3 RBI and a steal, and Johnson 3-5.

Another day of great starting pitching. Dempster goes 7, giving up 5 hits and a walk, 9 Ks, and 1 ER. Again, the Cubs send their starter back out in the 8th, after having already thrown 111 pitches. However, after Dempster warms up, Lou pulls him and goes to the bullpen to start the inning. Gaudin pitches a perfect 8th with a K. Cotts pitches the 9th: 1 K, 1 H (a HR to Prince Fielder), 1 ER. Dempster is now 3-0 versus the Brewers this season.

AP Photo/Darren Hauck

AP Photo/Darren Hauck

NL Central standings:

Chicago   64-44   --
Milwaukee 60-48  4 GB
St. Louis 61-49  4 GB

NL wild card standings:

Milwaukee   60-48    --
St. Louis   61-49    --
New York    58-50  2.0 GB
Florida     57-51  3.0 GB
Los Angeles 54-53  5.5 GB

The Cubs have 54 regular season games remaining: 7 against the Brewers, 9 against the Cardinals, 28 at home, 26 on the road, and their remaining opponents’ winning percentage is .500.

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30 July 2008 at 5:57 pm

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Cubs 7 Brewers 1

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Getty Photo/Jonathan Daniel

Box score.  45,069 on hand to see the Cubs explode for 5 in the 6th, in one of the most satisfying innings of the season on the road, against the rival Brewers.  The Cubs capture their third straight win.  In the game, Aramis racks up three doubles and a single, Fukudome doubles and tripes, Theriot triples, and the Brewers’ defense certainly doesn’t hurt the Cubs.  Also, Soriano and Theriot each steal a base.  Cubbies end up with 15 hits, a walk, and 7 runs.

Big Z was great, striking out 9 in 8 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 walks, and no runs.  He also helps his cause with a single and an RBI.  The guy can rake.  I’m not quite sure why they sent Zambrano back out in the 8th.  He had thrown 103 pitches through 7, and the lead was 6 runs.  He ends up throwing 118.  It might be nice to give the bullpen some, like, practice, with a big lead.  They need it.

Getty Photo/Jonathan Daniel

Getty Photo/Jonathan Daniel

Samardzija did come in and pitch the 9th: 1 K, 1 BB, 1 H, 1 ER.

Kerry Wood update: still on the DL, but was eligible to return tonight.  Seems like he’ll be back soon.

Len and Bob lost their audio feed for a couple of minutes in this game.  All you could hear was the fans and the sounds of the actual game.  It was amazing.  It’s not that I dislike Len and Bob, I actually like them quite a bit, it was just a huge relief not to hear constant (often inane) talking, and to be able to think about the game for yourself.  They should really offer a commentary-free broadcast of every game.

Tomorrow’s game is the ESPN game, Dempster vs. Parra, at 7pm CT.

Cubs      63-44  --
Brewers   60-47  3.0 GB
Cardinals 60-49  4.0 GB

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29 July 2008 at 7:17 pm

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Cubs 6 Brewers 4

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AP Photo/Darren Hauck

Box score.  It’s official… Alfonso is back.  A double in the first, and a home run in the third, and a stolen base.  The Cubs win something of a wild one in Milwaukee, and are now two up on the Brewers, and four on the Cardinals.

Lilly was solid through 5, but then looked all too Lilly-esque in the 6th, giving up back-to-back homers to Hardy and Braun, and then a double to Hart, surrendering the lead.

Luckily, the Cubs managed to retake the lead on a Weeks throwing error in the 7th, and scored again on a Lee double and DeRosa infield single in the 9th.

The Cubs have three more remaining in this important series with the Brewers.  Tomorrow’s game is again at 7:05 CT, on WGN.

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28 July 2008 at 6:51 pm

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We’re taking back the High Life

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The Cubs have 57 games remaining in the regular season.  Ten of those are against 2nd-place Milwaukee, and four of those start today at Miller Park.  This is without question the most important series thus far for the Cubs.

Here’s a look at the matchups:

  • Mon. July 28, Lilly (4.49 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) vs. Sabathia (3.30, 1.15)
  • Tues. July 29, Zambrano (2.96, 1.24) vs. Sheets (2.87, 1.13)
  • Wed. July 30, Dempster (2.99, 1.17) vs. Parra (3.72, 1.48)
  • Thu. July 31, Harden (2.10, 1.10) vs. Bush (4.51, 1.18)

And here are the teams’ stat lines this season:

    G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  BB   SO    BA    OBP   SLG  SB  CS  GDP
CHC 105 3660  549 1016 213 13 120  520 413  779  .278  .355  .441  55  25  83
MIL 105 3595  494  919 218 20 137  476 342  766  .256  .326  .442  73  25  59

    G    ERA   W   L  SV  GS  GF   IP    H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO   HBP
CHC 105  3.86  61  44 31 105 104 946.3  877  439  406 111  358  798  44
MIL 105  4.03  60  45 36 105  99 939.0  923  464  420 114  354  713  27

Monday on CSN, Tuesday and Thursday on WGN, and Wednesday is the ESPN game.

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28 July 2008 at 3:55 pm

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That battle for second

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Tonight’s ESPN game is the Brewers vs. the Cardinals, at 6pm CT.  As much as it pains me, I think I’ll “root” for the Cardinals, as the Brewers will almost definitely be the bigger threat down the road.  It really is a shame that they can’t both lose.  But, a good game for some armchair advance scouting.  Brew Crew is 55-43, 3 games back, and the Birds are 57-43, 2 games back.  Enjoy (?).

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21 July 2008 at 3:23 pm

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