Brewer bats belt Cubs 15-4 after nine run ninthWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Brewers exploded for nine runs in the ninth inning last night to crush the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 15-4.
CHICAGO - The Milwaukee Brewers exploded for nine runs in the ninth inning last night to crush the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 15-4.
Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez, and Corey Hart hit back-to-back-to-back homers – the first time the Crew did that since September of 2007. The Brewers took a 6-4 lead into the ninth when Alex Hinshaw gave up a three-run shot to Braun for his National League-leading 35th homer of the year. Ramirez then belted his second homer of the night – the first of which put Milwaukee in front for good in the fifth inning. Hart’s blast then made it 11-4. Lendy Castillo then gave up four more runs, including an RBI single by Braun as Milwaukee sent 14 batters to the plate in the ninth. Cubs’ manager Dale Sveum eventually gave up on his bullpen, and outfielder Joe Mather gave up an RBI-single before retiring pinch-hitter Martin Maldonado for the final out. Braun also had an RBI-double as he went 4-for-6 with five RBI’s on the night. Ramirez belted his league-leading 43rd double in the first, which gave Milwaukee an early lead. Carlos Gomez also homered and had four hits, as the Brewers out-hit the Cubs 21-9.
Brett Jackson had a solo homer for the Cubs, who lost their sixth straight to the Brewers and are now just 3-and-11 against the Crew this season. Marco Estrada picked up his second straight win, giving up three unearned runs in five innings. He’s now 2-and-5. Justin Germano took the loss, surrendering five runs in five-plus innings. He’s now 2-and-4. The Brewers and Cubs will play again tonight at Wrigley Field. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo faces Cubs’ lefty Travis Wood.
-Brewers’ prospect Caleb Gindl of Triple-“A” Nashville has been named the Pacific Coast League’s hitter-of-the-week. The 23-year-old outfielder went 16-for-30 in seven games last week with two homers, five doubles, a triple, 10 RBI’s, and seven runs scored. Gindl had four games with at least three hits, and he’s been one of the league’s best hitters since the All-Star break. He fell a homer short of the cycle on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Brewers’ prospect Mike Walker of Brevard County has been named to the post-season All-Star Team in the Upper-Class-“A” Florida State League. Walker, a third baseman, was second in Milwaukee’s minor league system with 68 RBI’s going into last night’s play. And he leads his team in both hits and total bases. Walker reached base in 21 straight games from June 22nd through August 12th. It’s his second All-Star selection. Walker was also a mid-season All-Star in the Midwest League a year ago with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.