Win: Will Smith (1-0)
Loss: Pedro Strop (0-1)
Save: Francisco Rodriguez (4)
HR: Aramis Ramirez (3)
Fangraphs Win Expectancy Chart
Finally -- finally -- the Brewers managed to win two games in a row, beating the Cubs 5-3 on Sunday after easily handling Chicago 6-1 on Saturday. The two wins also give the Brewers their first series win of the season, almost a full month into the year.
The Brewers have reportedly told teams that they are ready to talk trades for some of their players, but they might be getting to this weird spot where players are playing well enough it's not such an easy decision anymore. One series win against a young and inexperienced Cubs team isn't going to change much, but if they keep playing well in a four-game series against the Dodgers and again against Chicago, they could start rethinking their current plans. That's a long ways off, though, and there's no discounting just how terrible they were for 9/10 of the season so far.
But, hey, the Brewers won a series! On the road, even! Aramis Ramirez led off scoring with a solo homer in the second, though the Cubs came back to tie it the next half inning. Milwaukee then picked up another run in each of the next two innings before Chicago scored a pair to tie the game in the fifth.
It was Ramirez again, though, who gave Milwaukee the lead back. In the eighth inning, the Brewers loaded the bases before a Ryan Braun double play. After Chicago opted to intentionally walk Adam Lind to fill the bases again, Ramirez made the Cubs pay with a two-run single.
That was all Milwaukee needed as Francisco Rodriguez locked up just his fourth save of the season.