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Kyle Lohse had the Chicago Cubs hitting harmless groundballs early in
He threw in the occasional fastball to keep batters off balance.
The Cubs struggled at the plate with the Milwaukee Brewers veteran
locked in with his slider and sinker.
Lohse allowed just three hits in a complete game shutout, and Ryan Braun
had a two-run homer in the first inning of a 9-0 rout against the Cubs
Milwaukee pounded Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija (1-5) for eight earned runs
in three innings, raising his ERA from 1.68 to 2.54.
"I figured it would be low-scoring on both ends. I knew Kyle had a good
chance of keeping them down and I didnt expect to get a lot of runs off
Samardzija. Great offence," manager Ron Roenicke said.
Braun homered to left on the first pitch he saw from Samardzija, and the
Brewers rolled from there with Samardzija having trouble locating his
fastball. Lyle Overbay broke the game open with a three-run double in
Even Lohse had success at the plate with an RBI single to drive in
Overbay to make it 8-0 for the pitchers second run-scoring hit of the
game. Lohse (7-1) needed just 93 pitches in tossing his eighth career
"Its fun to go out there and help out, add on, but thats not my main
job," Lohse said about his 2 for 3 day with the bat. "My main job was to
go out there and get us deep in the game, and I take a little more
pride in that."
With Lohses pitch count at just 83 pitches after eight innings, Roenicke
wasnt even thinking about pulling the veteran.
"I didnt even go talk to him. When you see that kind of game and the
pitch count that low, its impressive," the skipper said.
One of the few highlights for Chicago was Brian Schlitters single to
lead off the seventh for the relievers first major league hit.
Otherwise it was a frustrating day for the last-place Cubs. They lost
their 14th straight series on the road, a streak dating to last
Samardzijas "command wasnt the bbest today, but it was just one of those
days for him," manager Rick Renteria said. Marcus Allen Jersey. "I think very rare."
The eight earned runs allowed were as many as Samardzija had given up in
his previous six starts.
Scooter Gennett had two doubles off Samardzija before hitting his third
homer of the year in the fifth off reliever Justin Grimm.
Gennetts first double exemplified the Cubs afternoon. A high fly to
shallow left-centre in the second fell in between backpedaling shortstop
Starlin Castro and charging outfielder Junior Lake, who looked away in
frustration as Gennett hustled into second.
"You have to take advantage of mistakes against a good pitcher like
that. When a team makes mistakes like that, you have to jump on it,"
Two innings later, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was ejected by home
plate umpire Jerry Meals for arguing a called third strike and Chicago
trailing by eight.
The left-handed slugger turned to face Meals and pointed angrily with
his left arm at the ground before being sent back to the dugout by
"I said my peace and I definitely understand why I got ejected," Rizzo
said. "Im going to move on."
Braun hit his ninth homer of the year and second in three days. The
Brewers hope it might be a sign that hes over the right oblique injury
that sidelined him for two weeks in May.
Notes: Chicago planned to give Luis Valbuena a couple days off as a
precaution after Renteria said the infielder was "a little tired, a
little sore" with what he described as an abdominal ailment. ... Brewers
3B Aramis Ramirez (hamstring) went 0 for 2 and fielded a grounder in
four innings in his first game of a two-day rehab stint at the teams
Class A affiliate in Appleton. ... ... Chicago is off Monday and opens a
three-game series Tuesday against the visiting New York Mets. RH
Matt Garza (2-4) starts Monday when Milwaukee welcomes the Minnesota
Twins for a two-game series.