6.29.2011

With Zach Greinke struggling, Brewers stumble in mistake-filled 12-7 loss to Cubs

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Instead, the NL Central leaders dropped three of four, leaving town after a mistake-filled 12-7 loss to the Cubs on Thursday in which Zack Greinke and everyone else they sent to the mound got hit hard.
“It’s going to happen to the best teams,” manager Ron Roenicke said. Usually, you get five runs and I feel great about the ballgame. It’s one of those games. Kosuke Fukudome had three hits and broke it open with a three-run homer, and Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Pena also went deep.
“Just the way it occurred,” manager Mike Quade said. “We haven’t played great baseball, but there were a lot of plays today ... there was some execution today that I really liked to see.”
Fukudome singled and scored in the first, hit an RBI triple and scored in the second, and delivered the big blow in the sixth when he connected off reliever Daniel Herrera to make it a four-run game. “Overall, we didn’t play very good baseball and they played good baseball,” the Brewers’ Ryan Braun said. I don’t think they’ve played up to their expectations to this point. It’s a combination of us playing bad and them playing good.”
Pena put Chicago ahead 6-5 with a leadoff homer against Greinke (6-2) in the third. Soriano added a two-run shot in the seventh off Sergio Mitre, making it 11-5. Starlin Castro had three hits and the Cubs got a shot of momentum heading into their weekend series against the Yankees.
“I talked to Rickie,” manager Ron Roenicke said. Greinke was far from awesome.

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