Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI
Game 3 of 3
Mother’s Day! The Cubs set out to avoid a series sweep by the Brewers, and were modestly successful.
The Brewers threatened with a lead-off HR by Rickie Weeks (MIL 2B), but came back quickly with a 2-run HR by Soriano and an exciting grab for home by Fukudome, moving rapidly on a WP by Jeff Suppan (MIL P). Carlos Marmol (CHC P) had a very, very rough 8th inning in relief, but got out of it with a superb defensive grab by Mike Fontenot (CHC 3B). For the record, Marmol’s inning: H, 2BB, K, BK, WP. Ryan Freel’s first appearance as a Cub.
CUBS 4 9 0
BREWERS 2 6 3
Scoring Notes: All batters who started and/or played with a Pink Bat (Mother’s Day) are noted with an asterisk.
I had irreconcilable differences with the official scorer, but this is my happening, so my scorecard stands. I charged J.J. Hardy (MIL SS) with a throwing error on his horrendous delivery to Prince Fielder (MIL 1B) on Milton Bradley’s grounder to 2B. The play should have been a textbook 4-6-3 DP; Weeks tossed the ball softly to Hardy, covering 2nd, getting Fukudome out on the force. Hardy then threw the ball 3 feet away from Fielder, who missed the catch and the ball went hurtling towards the RF wall at 1B. The official scorer called this a FC, but Hardy HAS to get the Error! Bad throw! It’s my scorecard, so it stays.
(I scored this game 7/30/09)