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Cubs 8, Brewers 5

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W: Ryan Dempster (1-0)
L: Jeff Suppan (0-2)

HR: Corey Hart (2), Rickie Weeks (1) Alfonso Soriano (4),

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MVP: Craig Counsell (+.114)
LVP: Jeff Suppan (-.275)

For the second straight start, Jeff Suppan removed the Brewers from contention in a somewhat winnable game. Suppan allowed a home run to Alfonso Soriano on the first pitch of the game, and the wheels came off in the fourth when the Cubs plated four runs on four bases loaded walks (three by Suppan, one by Jorge Julio). Suppan allowed five runs on two hits and six walks in 3.2 innings. All told, Brewer pitchers combined to walk ten Cubs.

On the offensive side, Corey Hart went 1-for-4 with his second home run of the season and two strikeouts. Craig Counsell went 2-for-3 with a double and was on base four times, drawing two walks.

The Brewers' best opportunity to mount a comeback came in the fifth, when Prince Fielder came up with the bases loaded and hit what would have been a grand slam if not for an incredible catch by Reed Johnson, who entered the game in place of Milton Bradley. Bradley left early with a groin injury.