Going into tonight's game, the Brewers had won 19 of 21 against the Cubs in Miller Park, including the last nine. With Carlos Gomez and the Brauntosaurus out of the lineup, two Brewers errors and Gallardo laboring through only four innings, though, that streak wasn't destined to last.
After failing to score despite a single and two walks in the first inning, the Cubs got to Yovani Gallardo with two runs in the second -- the first earned runs given up by Yo in his past 22 innings. The Brewers got one of those runs back on Aramis Ramirez' 2,000th hit, a home run into the Brewers bullpen in left center. A-Ram is now the 273rd player to reach 2,000 hits, and he is now only 2,256 hits away from overtaking Pete Rose as baseball's all-time hit leader.
Ryan Sweeney led off the third inning with a home run to push the Cubs lead to 3-1. They threatened to put another run on the board when Anthony Rizzo tried to tag up with one out, but a perfect throw by Logan Schafer nailed Rizzo at the plate. Nori Aoki doubled in Caleb Gindl in the bottom of the inning to make it 3-2, but the Cubs pushed two more runs in fourth to make it 5-2, chasing Gallardo from the game after 96 pitches and five runs (three earned).
The Brewers tacked on single runs in the sixth and ninth innings, thanks to an RBI single by Ramirez and Juan Francisco's 8th home run, but that was as close as they came. In both the eighth and ninth innings, the Crew had a runner on third with less than one out but could not score him.
The two teams are now tied for last in the division at 32-44. The Brewers go for the series win Thursday at 1:10. Wily "Coyote" Peralta (5-8, 5.59 ERA) takes the mound against Matt Garza (2-1, 4.25) on the Racing Sausages' 20th anniversary.
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