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The Cubs struck out a grand total of 13 times today, that comes on the heels of 12 strikeouts last night, and 12 strikeouts in game one, that’s not very good. The result was the same for all three games, a loss, as the Brewers finished off the sweep this afternoon with a 3-2 victory. Travis Wood started for the Cubs and pitched well enough to win, unfortunately he finished the day with his 10th defeat of the season. Wood tossed seven strong innings giving up three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out six. The Brewers had seven hits on the day, five of them went for extra bases, that doesn’t usually bode well. Hard to score runs when you don’t put the ball in play and as I mentioned, the Cubs didn’t do nearly enough of that again today. They only managed five hits in the loss, this coming after only four hits the night before. Bryan LaHair, yes that Bryan LaHair, launched his first home run since July 4th to bring the Cubs within one in the seventh, but that was as close as they would get. The Cubs will have tomorrow off to lick their wounds as they head home to start a weekend series against Colorado on Friday.
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I’m not really sure how to explain tonight’s game, so many odd, weird, crazy, did I say odd, things happened. It was a pitchers duel early, Garza didn’t have his best stuff but was able to work out of jams to keep the game close. The game was close into the 7th inning where the Cubs trailed 1-0 with the bases loaded. David DeJesus pinch hit, and wasted no time sending the first pitch he saw from Cameron Lowe into the right field stands for a grand slam to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead. Pandemonium, everyone was jacked, it was a great time to be a cubs fan, then we all remembered that Carlos Marmol was coming into the game. Twenty minutes later, Carlos Marmol was hurt, Michael Bowden was in the game, and Jonathan Lucroy was sliding into third with a bases loaded triple, and the Brewers were up 5-4.
It didn’t end there, of course it didn’t. The Cubs, who have been resilient all year fought back again, thanks to the Brewers. Aramis Ramirez made an error to start the top of the 9th. David DeJesus, who else, made him pay for it as he ripped a one out triple to center to score Stewart to tie the game at five. Starlin Castro followed with his worst at bat of the year, it was so bad that he was able to reach first on a drop third strike and David DeJesus was able to score to give the Cubs a 6-5 lead. Joy! The Cubs weren’t done as Alfonso Soriano came through with a huge two out hit to give the Cubs a 7-5 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth.
No more joy. After Rafael Dolis seemed to hurt himself he hurt his team as he left a sinker up and the hapless Corey Hart ripped a two run homer to left to tie the game at 7. A lot of other stuff happened the rest of the way, most of it was really dumb or mind numbing or both, but the Brewers won the game in the 13th inning when Lendy Castillo came in the game and showed why he was the last guy in the bullpen. Full box score after the jump.
There are going to be games like this one, odds are there are going to be a lot of games like this one, and I’m okay with that. The Cubs have now lost three of their first four games on the season, and probably couldn’t lose three more difficult ways if they tried. Monday night’s episode included two successful squeeze bunts by the Brewers, and a furious ninth inning rally only to end in horrible, mind numbing defeat.