Cubs score six runs in the final three innings to win 8-2Wisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Brewers blew a chance yesterday to sweep their first series of the year, falling to the Chicago Cubs 8-2 at Miller Park.
The Milwaukee Brewers blew a chance yesterday to sweep their first series of the year, falling to the Chicago Cubs 8-2 at Miller Park. The Cubs scored all their runs in the final five innings, as they ended a 10-game losing streak on the Brewers’ home field dating back to April of last year. The Cubbies broke a 2-2 tie when they went in front for good on a Milwaukee error in the seventh. Shortstop Edwin Maysonet made a bad throw to first, and it scored Ian Stewart who had doubled. Chicago went on to score five runs in the eighth-and-ninth, and the Brewer offense couldn’t keep up as they were out-hit 13-6. Taylor Green drove in both Milwaukee runs on a sacrifice fly and an infield single. Tony Campana had three hits and an R-B-I for Chicago. Stewart and pinch-hitter Reed Johnson each hit solo homers, as the Cubs improved to 2-and-5 over the Brew Crew this season. Marco Estrada had a decent start for Milwaukee, giving up two runs on five hits in six innings with four strikeouts and a walk. Kameron Loe took the loss. He’s 2-and-1. Shawn Camp got the win in relief, and is 1-and-1. Bryan LaHair extended a streak to 30 games for reaching base safely, when he walked in the eighth. Milwaukee escaped the cellar in the National League Central by winning 2-of-3 over the Cubs this weekend. The Brewers and Houston are now tied for fourth place, five games behind front-running Saint Louis. The Cubs are last by themselves at six games out. The Brewers open a short two-game series tonight in New York against the Mets. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will face Mets’ right-hander Miguel Batista.
Brewers’ closer John Axford says his wife and their unborn child are doing just fine, despite some tense moments on Friday night. His wife Nicole went into premature labor at the ballpark, as Axford blew a save and ended his streak of 49 straight conversions. As soon as he got done pitching, they went to the hospital after she had a brief exam at the stadium. And Axford left a note to the media explaining why he couldn’t stay around to answer questions. That note went viral on Twitter, as fans expressed their concerns for the Brewers’ right-hander. Yesterday, Axford said both his wife and their baby were doing well – and doctors were able to stop the pre-term labor to make sure the infant would be bigger and stronger. Axford said Nicole is about 33 weeks into her pregnancy, and she had a similar issue when they had their first son, J-B.