The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Friday night at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Ryan Braun’s 2-run home run off Aaron Heilman in the bottom of the 8th inning was the game-winner. Heilman walked Corey Hart on 4 straight pitches to start the inning, and after falling behind Bruan 1-0, he grooved a fastball that Braun crushed over the right center field fence to give the Brewers the 3-2 lead. They say walks always kill you, and in this situation, it certainly did. Heilman’s ERA is now 5.14 and the Cubs bullpen continues to disappoint in 2009.
Randy Wells made his 1st major league start filling in for the injured Carlos Zambrano. While it wasn’t pretty – 5 hits and 2 walks – Wells was able to get out of jams and stood to earn his first career major league win as he departed with a 2-0 lead. But Angel Guzman gave up a solo home run to JJ Hardy in the 6th inning to cut the lead to 1, and then Heilman worked his disastrous 8th inning.
The Cubs did have a chance to break open the game in the top of the 8th inning. With the bases loaded and only 1 out, Ryan Theriot hit into a fielder’s choice that resulted in Koyie Hill being forced out at home and Geovany Soto grounded out to the shortstop to end the threat.
As if the loss wasn’t bad enough, Aramis Ramirez injured his left shoulder diving for a ground ball in the 3rd inning. The Cubs believe that Ramirez dislocated his shoulder and will likely spend somewhere between 4-6 weeks on the disabled list to recover. We’ll keep you posted once we hear more on the injury.
The Cubs will need Ryan Dempster to step up his game on Saturday as the Cubs take on Yovani Gallardo and the Brewers again on Saturday. Gallardo has been lights out in his last 4 starts – giving up only 5 earned runs over 30 innings with 30 K’s.