Ben Sheets vs. Jason Marquis: Offense Galore?

Katelyn GrabarekSenior Analyst IApril 30, 2008

On a night when little offense was expected from either team, the Cubs fell to the Brewers, 10-7. 

At the start of the game Bob Brenly and Len Kasper read the forecast as "BRRR" and clearly stated a few more R's would be appropriate for the forecast. 

Jason Marquis, who is trying to turn his career around in Chicago, got off to a not so promising start. 

After retiring the first hitter in the Brewers’ lineup on strikes, Marquis proceeded to give up a ringing double off the left field wall.  It was only the beginning of the Cubs’ problems.  The run would later come around to score.

The oft-injured Ben Sheets was making his first start in 11 days coming off of tricep tenderness.  It caused him to come out of his previous start against the Reds and caused him to miss his last start. 

For the first time all season, the Brewers had their roster the way they wanted it.  Centerfielder Mike Cameron was making his season debut after serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. 

The revamped lineup definitely made its presence known with Corey Hart a homer away from hitting for the cycle.

While the Cubs won't be back at "full strength" until Thursday when Alfonso Soriano is set to return, they didn't let Sheets off the hook.  The Cubs’ lineup took a career high seven walks from Sheets Tuesday night. 

It amounted to seven runs for the hometown team.

Derrek Lee tied a club record for home runs in the month of April with his solo shot that brought the Cubs within a run with his eighth of the season.  The numbers are starting to resemble the great season he had in 2005 when he was in the race for the triple crown.

Mike Fontenot also came up big in the seventh inning with a two-run double that brought the score within three runs with the Cubs having a shot to add more runs. 

However, after that the Cubs’ offense continued its recent struggles and lost the game by the same score. 

The Cubs and Brewers look to be battling along with the Cardinals for the Central Division title again this year.  The Brewers and Cubs feature a lot of talent.

If the Cardinals keep up with this pace, they will surprise a lot of people.  The Cubs will make or break this April and early May in the next two series when they face Milwaukee for two more, and then head to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals.