Cubs humiliate Brewers 10-0Wisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Brewers failed to reach base in the first five innings last night, as they got crushed by the Chicago Cubs 10-0 at Miller Park.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers failed to reach base in the first five innings last night, as they got crushed by the Chicago Cubs 10-0 at Miller Park.
Ryan Dempster was perfect into the sixth as he recorded his first win of the year against three losses, and he improved to 16-6 lifetime against the Brewers. Dempster went seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits with no walks and three strikeouts as he ended a string of 18 starts without a victory. Alfonso Soriano belted a three-run homer in the first inning off Yovani Gallardo, who dropped to 4-5. He struck out 10 in six innings, but gave up five runs on six hits. Bryan LaHair and Jeff Baker also homered for the Cubs, who ended an 11-game road losing streak. Cody Ransom had two singled, and Ryan Braun doubled in four trips as he returned from hip-and-Achilles injuries. It forced manager Ron Roenicke to change his position starters for the 19th straight game.
Milwaukee has lost three-of-four overall, and is now 5-3 against the Cubs this season. Game-Two of their three-game series is tonight at Miller Park. Right-hander Zack Greinke will face Cubs’ left-hander Paul Maholm.
Ryan Braun says he appreciates the All-Star votes from fans. But the Brewers’ left-fielder says he’s more concerned about getting over his hip-and-Achilles’ injuries, and trying to make the Brewers a winning team again. Braun received the third-highest votes among National League outfielders in the season’s first tally announced yesterday. That would give him another starting spot on the National League squad for the July 10th All-Star Game in Kansas City. Braun had received the most votes among N-L outfielders for the past four seasons, but he’s been booed on the road after getting a 50-game drug suspension overturned in March. Matt Kemp of the L-A Dodgers is the top National League vote-getter among outfielders, even though he’s been out with a bad hamstring. Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals is second. Braun returned to the lineup last night after missing most of two games with a hip injury and a lingering Achilles’ problem in his right heel. He says he hopes he doesn’t have to deal with the Achilles’ problem for the rest of the season, but it’s a possibility – and he has played through injuries before.