Brewers Give the Cubs a Game, Cubs Happily Accept
W - Wood (5-4), Rob G's childlike faith in spells, fairies and magical comebacks
L - Villanueva (4-7), Brewers' base-running coaches.
Things to Take from This Game
1. Harden reprises Marquis
Like Marquis the night before, Harden got into all sorts of trouble in the first before settling down. The difference between the two starts being that Harden escaped with only one run allowed. Three very economical innings allowed him to get to the fifth, where Harden again struggled. There he snuck out of a bases loaded jam with 115 pitches thrown, and just the one run from the first. Velocity looked good, but Harden had no command on the fastball. 6 walks, 9 K's
2. DeRosa struggles at 2nd, Cubs struggle in 6th.
DeRosa had a throwing error in the first as he chose to try to turn a very tough DP instead of going to first. The first run of the game scored on the play. A bobbled grounder in the sixth helped spark a big inning for the Brewers, abetted by Samardzija's struggles to throw strikes.
3. Solo Scoring
Edmonds and Ramirez hit solo home runs,
but that was the extent of the Cubs scoring.
4. Crazy-ass rally.
The Brewers ran into two outs on the basepaths in the top of the ninth, squandering a chance to blow the game out. Instead it's "just" 6-2. Bottom of the ninth, two outs, and Ramirez squeaks a double just under Braun's glove. Edmonds and DeRosa single, scoring Ramirez. Soto, who had made a nice block of the plate and nice throw in the top of the inning, takes the first pitch from Salomon Torres and hits a game-tying 3-run homer.
5. Lee wins it.
With runners on 2nd and 3rd in the bottom of the 12th, Lee singles up the middle to drive in the winning run. The Brewers had 25 (yes, TWENTY FIVE) runners LOB to the Cubs' 11, plus the running gaffes. The Cubs certainly had their issues between Harden's wildness and DeRosa's early-game defense, but overall the Brewers deserved to lose this.
The almost-there details, below.