For whatever reason the Cubs can’t solve the Brewers, they not only lose to the Brewers, they get blown out by them. The Cubs raced to an early 3-1 lead last night but couldn’t hold it as Aramis Ramirez and company pushed across three runs in the 5th to take a 4-3 lead. A Brett Jackson home run in the bottom of the sixth made it 5-4 Brewers, but that was as close as the Cubs would get as the bullpen exploded late. After giving up one run in the 8th the Cubs pen put on a show in the ninth surrendering nine runs on eight hits. The best performance on the mound in the ninth inning belonged to Cubs utility outfielder Joe Mather who tossed one-third of an inning giving up only a single. No word yet if Mather will have a shot to make the team next year out of the bullpen It was more of the same for the Cubs at the plate against Brewers pitching. By more of the same I mean striking out, a lot, as the Cubs fanned 15 times last night, this coming on the heels of striking out 39 times in the three game series in Milwaukee last week. As I mentioned Brett Jackson went deep, he is locked in right now, he finished the night 1-for-3 with his fourth home run, two walks, an RBI, and a run scored.
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