The Chicago Cubs beat the
Brewers 8-5 on Sunday night in a game where everything went their way.
The Cubs scored eight runs on just five hits, thanks to the bat of
Alfonso Soriano and an inning of wildness by the Brewers’ pitching
Soriano hit the first pitch of the game from Jeff Suppan off the
scoreboard in center field to give the Cubs an early lead. After the
Brewers tied the game 1-1, the Cubs loaded the bases in the fourth
inning when Milton Bradley was hit by a pitch, Mike Fontenot walked,
and Ryan Theriot singled up the middle.
On the Theriot single, Milton Bradley came up lame when he took off
for second, and was forced to leave the game with apparent groin
tightness. Who had Game Six in the “When Does Milton Bradley Get
Injured Pool?” Reed Johnson replaced him, which turned out to be a
great decision by manager Lou Piniella.
Then it got interesting. Jeff Suppan proceeded to walk Koyie
Hill, Alfonso Soriano, and Kosuke Fukudome with the bases loaded,
forcing in three runs. Jorge Julio came on in relief and walked Derrek
Lee, allowing the Cubs to score four runs on just one hit in the inning.
Then, in the bottom of the fifth, with the Cubs leading 6-2, starter
Ryan Dempster tried to give up the lead by loading the bases with no
outs. Prince Fielder then crushed a ball into right field which
appeared to tie the game. Not so fast. Bradley’s replacement Reed
Johnson made this catch to keep the ball in the park and hold Fielder to a sac fly.
Would Bradley have made that catch? No one can say for sure, but my
best guess would be absolutely no way. Brewers manager Ken Macha had
this to say: “I don’t know. Milton is a pretty good defender, how am I
going to figure that one out?”
Either way, despite another shaky outing from Kevin Gregg in the
ninth, the Cubs left Milwaukee with an 8-5 win and a 4-2 road trip to
start the season. Lou Piniella said it best:
“A 4-2 road trip, I think everybody would’ve been pleased when we
started the season this past Monday to take two out of three in your
division’s home ballparks — you have to be pleased with it,” Piniella
said. “Now we’re home and we’ll see what happens.”
(All quotes taken from cubs.com)