Saturday, May 12, 2012

Cubs lose to Brewers in crazy 13-inning game; David DeJesus hits grand slam

Tonight was a pretty up and down game for the Cubs.  They were trailing 1-0 until David DeJesus came into the game as a pinch hitter and hit his second career grand slam in the seventh inning to make it Cubs 4, Brewers 1.

David DeJesus celebrates his 2nd career grand slam at Miller Park (photo from
Matt Garza started for the Cubs after 11 days of rest because he had the flu.  He pitched five innings and allowed one run on four hits and allowed five walks.  He struggled in the first inning when he loaded the bases with no outs and then former Cub Aramis Ramirez drove in a run with a double play grounder.

Carlos Marmol came in to pitch the bottom of the seventh and left the game with a strained right hamstring.  He was actually throwing a lot of fastballs in the mid-90 mph range but the Brewers scored one run off him.  Then Michael Bowden came into the game and the rest was downhill.  Bowden served up a three-run double to Jonathan Lucroy to make it a 5-4 game.

In the ninth inning, Ian Stewart reached on a throwing error by Ramirez and advanced when closer John Axford threw a wild pitch.  DeJesus then tripled which brought home the tying run and ended up also scoring the go-ahead run.  Alfonso Soriano then singled to give the Cubs a two-run lead and led to Axford's exit.

But Rafael Dolis came in to pitch the ninth and blows the Cubs' lead by allowing a 2-run homer to Coery Hart.  Kerry Wood pitched next and kept the game interesting, by throwing 9 straight balls for his first nine pitched, but luckily no one was able to score.  The game then continued into the 13th inning, when Lendy Castillo hit the first two batters and then gave up a single to Ramirez and a game-winning RBI single to Corey Hart.  The Brewers win, 8-7.

Tomorrow the two teams will play game 2  at 12:05pm CT, where Chris Volstad will start for the Cubs.

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