Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Brewers 3, Cubs 2
By Doug Padilla
MILWAUKEE -- The Chicago Cubs were swept away in Milwaukee, losing the series finale 3-2 to the Brewers on Wednesday as they dropped six of seven games on their just-completed road trip.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Cubs left-hander Travis Wood had a solid outing, but a Ryan Braun home run in the sixth inning was the difference for the Brewers. It was one of two RBIs for Braun on the day. Wood gave up three runs on six hits over seven innings. Bryan LaHair hit his 15th home run of the season, a solo shot to right field in the seventh inning, while David DeJesus hit a home run to lead off the game, the 12th leadoff home run of his career.
WHAT IT MEANS: Before the game, manager Dale Sveum lamented the fact that his hitters weren’t taking “winning at-bats,” and not much changed. The Cubs struck out 13 times Wednesday, and eight of them were on called third strikes. The Cubs also struck out 12 times in each of the first two games against Milwaukee, which means they struck out 37 times in the three-game series. They struck out 71 times on the seven-game trip.
OUTSIDE THE BOX: In the lineup only because Alfonso Soriano was getting a day off, LaHair took advantage of a rare opportunity. His home run in the seventh inning was his first since hitting one July 4 at Atlanta. Interestingly enough, that home run LaHair hit against the Braves came off Randall Delgado, the pitcher the Cubs were supposed to get before Ryan Dempster rejected a deal to Atlanta.
OFF BEAT: In a scary moment in the first inning, Cubs left fielder DeJesus and center fielder Brett Jackson dived for a sinking line drive from opposite directions. They avoided serious injury, but DeJesus’ upper body came into contact with Jackson’s legs as both were sliding across the grass. Neither made the catch. DeJesus was shaken up slightly but remained in the game.
UP NEXT: After an off day Thursday, the Cubs will send right-hander Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.17 ERA) to the mound Friday to face Colorado Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz (1-7, 4.87) in the 1:20 p.m. CT start from Wrigley Field.