W: Aaron Heilman (3-3)
L: Yovani Gallardo (12-12)
HR: Geovany Soto (11)
MVP: Mike Cameron (+.185)
LVP: Yovani Gallardo (-.350)
Win Expectancy Graph
So much for the wind blowing in.
Despite hitting just one home run, the Cubs managed 13 runs on eleven hits, twelve walks and three hit batsmen tonight and, after keeping it interesting in the early innings, blew away the Brewers tonight. Perhaps tonight's biggest story was the game's painstaking pace: It was played in a brisk 3 hours and 17 minutes.
The Brewers fell behind 4-0 early, but managed to score five in the fifth, capped by a bases loaded single by Mike Cameron to take a brief lead at 5-4. The Cubs responded by scoring a run in the bottom half, five more in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Yovani Gallardo didn't have much going for him tonight. For the sixth straight appearance, Gallardo threw 100+ pitches but couldn't last past the sixth inning, allowing seven runs on 12 baserunners in just 5.1 innings. Todd Coffey and Carlos Villanueva couldn't do much better. On the up side, John Axford made his major league debut in the eighth inning, and proceeded to load the bases and walk in a run, the Brewers' 19th of the season, one short of the franchise record.
At the plate, Alcides Escobar picked up his first major league triple, and Frank Catalanotto (who briefly played second base) also tripled in the ninth, but the Brewers managed just six other hits, with no Brewer collecting more than one. For the Cubs, two players finished the game with four walks: Derrek Lee and Ryan Theriot.