Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI
Game 1 of 3
After taking the Brewers’ home opener series in April (2 out of 3) the Cubs return to Miller Park with the hopes of taking another series. Great expectations gave way to sheer horror early in the game.
Randy Wells’ first start for the Cubs was a joyful surprise – 5K and 2BB with 5 hits, no runs surrendered in 5 innings pitched. Wells was called up when Zambrano went on the DL a few days earlier.
The first innings came and went quietly, until the bottom of the 3rd. After a gem defensive play by Milton Bradley (CHC RF), Aramis Ramirez went down in pain, dislocating his shoulder while stopping a screaming grounder from Ryan Braun (MIL LF). First Z, now this – a much more debilitating injury.
The Cubs initiated the scoring with a Milton Bradley HR in the 5th, then Bobby Scales (CHC PH) reached on a beautiful triple (complete with a majestic airborne 3rd base dive) in the 6th, coming home on a SAC fly by Alfonso Soriano (CHC LF). The Brewers got on the board in the bottom of the 6th when J.J. Hardy (MIL SS) homered on a 2-2 pitch from Angel Guzman (CHC P).
With the Cubs in the lead at the bottom of the 8th, Aaron Heilman (CHC P) offered a lead-off walk to Corey Hart (MIL RF), followed by a HR by Braun.
CUBS 2 5 0
BREWERS 3 7 1
The game was called on WGN-TV by Len Kasper and Bob Brenly.
Scoring Notes: This was the first run on a ‘customized’ scorecard I modified from one DLed from BaseballAlmanac.com – I still have a few modifications to make; I added the pitch-counter and outlined a few cells.
(I scored this game 7/29/09)