Jeff Baker, who got the start at first base and batted third, staked Carlos Zambrano to an early 1-0 lead when he hit a home run to left center field, his second of the season. But the Cubs ace failed to back his recent outburst on the team’s struggles with a good performance of his own for the second straight game since. He surrendered the lead in the 4th inning, with the go ahead run batted in by the Brewers eighth place hitter with two outs, one spot ahead of the weak hitting Brewers pitcher who struck out to end the frame.
Two out RBIs are what carried the Brewers Wednesday night, as they hit three doubles in the top of the 5th to score three more runs, giving the visiting team a 5-1 lead. The Cubs offense was able to respond right away in the bottom half. The Brewers starter had a sudden loss of control over the strike zone, and walked the first two batters he faced, including Zambrano. Reed Johnson then sat on a fastball and launched it into the left field night sky. The ball would have landed on Waveland Avenue if it were not for a slick catch with his hat by a Cubs fan standing in the last row of the bleachers.
After the events over the last two games against the Brewers, Cubs fans had reason to believe that the team could pull this win out as well. But the Brewers added four insurance runs over the last three innings to put the game out of reach, and Chicago failed again to reach a three game winning streak.
Chris Carpenter made the second appearance of his career in as many nights and also made a quick number change. He wore the number 60 on Tuesday and was sporting the number 37 last night. DJ LeMahieu tallied his first Major League RBI in the 8th inning, and that was it for the scoring on the Cubs side.