The Cubs were able to get out of their offensive woes against Seth McClung and the Brewers, as they took down the NL Central division leaders 9-5.
Derek Lee lead the Cubs with a career-high seven RBI’s on two home runs, going 2-4 on the day.
Ryan Dempster had a decent start, allowing just three earned runs in six and 2/3 innings, tying a season high with nine strikeouts.
The Cubs scored all of their runs on home runs, starting with Lee’s first home run, a three-run jack in the first inning which also drove in Sam Fuld and Ryan Theriot.
Two batters later, Jake Fox hit another home run, this one a solo shot that put the Cubs up 4-0 in the first inning.
The Brewers battled back in the second with a Mike Cameron home run that also knocked in Prince Fielder.
The Cubs again broke out in the fourth inning, starting off with a Geovany Soto solo home run with no outs.
Later inning, Lee stepped to the plate with one out and the bases loaded and drove the ball completely out of the park, also driving in Fuld, Theriot and Mike Fontenot.
The Brewers scored three more runs throughout the game, but were no match for the Cubs’ power and couldn’t pull off the comeback.
McClung only lasted three and 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs by the Cubs.
Alfonso Soriano was given his second strait game off, as the three time Silver Slugger Award winner hasn’t hit a home run since June 7 and has been batting just .179 over the last 35 games.
The nine runs were the most runs for the team since May 25 when the Cubs scored 10 runs against the Pirates. They had also been shut out twice in the four games heading into tonight.
Aramis Ramirez is slated to start his rehab tomorrow in Single A ball. Reed Johnson will start the next day, also in Single A.
Jeff Baker update
Jim Hendry had this to say about the new infielder, who will be backing up Ramirez when he makes his return.
“A different kind of player than Freel was. We thought now that he’s healthy again, he might have a little more bang … When you’re not going great and you’re not playing the way you’re capable of offensively, you just try to mix and match, get a little spark here like Sammy Fuld gave us [Wednesday] night.”
Baker had this to say.
“I’m beyond excited. Coming in here, this is one of the trips as a visitor you circle every year, and being on this side, obviously you’re excited.”