Rapid Reaction: Brewers 8, Cubs 0

June, 6, 2012
6/06/12
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Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Cubs' loss to the Brewers on Wednesday night.

How it happened: The Cubs faced the monumental task of beating Brewers starter Zack Greinke at Miller Park. Since joining the Brewers, Greinke is 15 -0 at home after Wednesday’s victory. The Brewers scored four times off Cub starter Paul Maholm; third baseman Brooks Conrad broke the game open two-run double in the fourth inning. Milwaukee sent nine men to the plate against Maholm in the fourth frame. He was taken out for a pinch hitter in the top of the 5th. Dale Sveum ‘s team has been striking out at an astounding pace. At one point, the Cubs fanned 25 times in a 14 inning period during the first two games of this series.

What it means: Maholm has gone cold in his last five starts, the team is 0-5 in those games. The lefthander has an ERA over 6 during that span as well. The Northsider’s are now 7-22 on the road for the second worst road record in baseball.

Outside the box: The Cubs drafted manager Dale Sveum’s son Rustin in the 39th round of the June draft. The team picked nine pitchers in their first 11 draft choices.

Up next:The Cubs try to win the series by sending RHP Matt Garza (2-4, 4.10) against Brewers LHP Randy Wolf (2-5 6.05 ).

Bruce Levine | email

Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.98 104 108
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Rizzo .284
HRA. Rizzo 25
RBIA. Rizzo 55
RA. Rizzo 70
OPSA. Rizzo .924
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
SOJ. Hammel 104