Cubs-Brewers: Even Injuries Go Right for the Cubs

Jacob NitzbergAnalyst IApril 13, 2009

The Chicago Cubs beat the Brewers 8-5 on Sunday night in a game where everything went their way. The Cubs scored eight runs on just five hits, thanks to the bat of Alfonso Soriano and an inning of wildness by the Brewers' pitching staff.

Soriano hit the first pitch of the game from Jeff Suppan off the scoreboard in center field to give the Cubs an early lead. After the Brewers tied the game 1-1, the Cubs loaded the bases in the fourth inning when Milton Bradley was hit by a pitch, Mike Fontenot walked, and Ryan Theriot singled up the middle. 

On the Theriot single, Milton Bradley came up lame when he took off for second, and was forced to leave the game with apparent groin tightness. Who had Game Six in the "When Does Milton Bradley Get Injured Pool?" Reed Johnson replaced him, which turned out to be a great decision by manager Lou Piniella.

Then it got interesting. Jeff Suppan proceeded to walk Koyie Hill, Alfonso Soriano, and Kosuke Fukudome with the bases loaded, forcing in three runs. Jorge Julio came on in relief and walked Derrek Lee, allowing the Cubs to score four runs on just one hit in the inning.

Then, in the bottom of the fifth, with the Cubs leading 6-2, starter Ryan Dempster tried to give up the lead by loading the bases with no outs. Prince Fielder then crushed a ball into right field which appeared to tie the game. Not so fast. Bradley's replacement Reed Johnson made this catch to keep the ball in the park and hold Fielder to a sac fly. 

Would Bradley have made that catch? No one can say for sure, but my best guess  would be absolutely no way. Brewers manager Ken Macha had this to say: "I don't know. Milton is a pretty good defender, how am I going to figure that one out?"

Either way, despite another shaky outing from Kevin Gregg in the ninth, the Cubs left Milwaukee with an 8-5 win and a 4-2 road trip to start the season. Lou Piniella said it best:

"A 4-2 road trip, I think everybody would've been pleased when we started the season this past Monday to take two out of three in your division's home ballparks—you have to be pleased with it," Piniella said. "Now we're home and we'll see what happens."

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