Brewers 15, Cubs 4
Aramis Ramirez spent nine years watching games from the home
dugout at Wrigley Field. He enjoyed the view from the visitor’s
side much better Monday night.
Ramirez hit two of Milwaukee’s five homers to lead the Brewers
to a 15-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Ramirez, who played for the Cubs from 2003-11, hit a two-run
shot in the fifth and a solo homer in the ninth as Milwaukee beat
Chicago for the sixth straight time.
”In the summer it’s a great place to play baseball and be a
hitter,” Ramirez said of his old ballpark.
Ramirez’s second homer followed a three-run shot by Ryan Braun
that landed on Waveland Avenue, his NL-leading 35th of the season.
Braun had four hits and five RBIs.
Corey Hart followed Ramirez with another shot that reached
Waveland, giving Milwaukee back-to-back-to-back homers for the
first time since Sept. 9, 2007 at Cincinnati, when Rickie Weeks,
J.J. Hardy and Braun began the game with home runs.
”I don’t remember ever being a part of it other than the time
we led off the game,” Braun said. ”It’s not going to happen very
often, so you try and enjoy that moment when it does happen.”
The Brewers sent 14 batters to the plate and tacked on nine runs
and eight hits in the ninth, finishing with a season-high 21
”Obviously in the ninth inning it got out of hand,” Braun
said. ”But up until then it was a really close game, tightly
Utilityman Joe Mather got the final out of the inning for
Chicago, the first position player to pitch for the Cubs since Gary
Gaetti on July 3, 1999.
”Fastball and a hanging curve, apparently,” Mather joked when
asked to describe his repertoire.
Carlos Gomez had four hits, including his 14th homer, and all
nine Brewers in the starting lineup hit safely.
Marco Estrada (2-5) allowed three unearned runs over five
innings and struck out eight. His only other victory this season
came against the Cubs on Aug. 21, when he struck out nine in six
Justin Germano (2-4) gave up five runs and 10 hits in five-plus
innings and has lost to Milwaukee in two straight outings. He gave
up seven runs in 4 2-3 innings against the Brewers in his last
outing on Aug. 20.
”I made three mistakes that led to four runs,” Germano said.
”It’s just hard to be perfect but I have to work on the mistakes
that I make, or at least who I make them to.”
All three ninth-inning homers came off Alex Hinshaw, who was
pitching for the second time since being claimed off waivers from
San Diego on Aug. 19.
Brett Jackson hit his third homer in four games and walked twice
for Chicago. Alfonso Soriano added two doubles and drove in a
The Brewers improved to 18-5 against the Cubs since the 2011
All-Star break, while Chicago has dropped 19 of 25 overall since
the July 31 trade deadline.
”(Cubs fans) also have to understand that it’s a process and
that the new front office came in with a plan and they’re going to
execute it,” Ramirez said. ”It’s going to be painful. Right now
they don’t have a good product on the field. I’m pretty sure
they’re smart people. They have a good game plan going.”
Milwaukee erased a two-run deficit on consecutive pitches in the
fifth. Braun rolled a double just past the third base to score
Weeks. Ramirez then clubbed Germano’s first pitch into the
bleachers in left to give the Brewers the lead.
Ramirez hit 239 homers in nine seasons during his time with the
Cubs, but went 1 for 11 in his first series against his former team
at Wrigley Field on April 9-11.
Ramirez, who is 8 for 16 with eight RBIs over his last four
games, added an RBI double, his major league-leading 43rd double of
”He’s hitting the ball every night,” Brewers manager Ron
Roenicke said. ”He’s hitting the ball. It’s fun to watch.”
Jackson, Chicago’s rookie center fielder, hit his fourth homer
leading off the sixth off Kameron Loe to cut the lead to 5-4.
NOTES: Cubs 3B Josh Vitters went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts,
falling to 5 for 53 with 19 strikeouts since being recalled from
Triple-A Iowa. … The Cubs acquired C Anthony Recker from Oakland
for C/1B Blake Lalli and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa. Chicago
also designated LHP Scott Maine for assignment. … The Cubs were
looking to win consecutive games for the first time since winning
three straight July 28-30.