7.02.2011

Greinke struggles, Brewers stumble in loss to Cubs

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CHICAGO – The Milwaukee Brewers came to Chicago looking every bit like a contender primed to roll over one of the league's worst teams.
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.
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. It's a combination of us playing bad and them playing good."
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.
The Brewers got two-run homers from Braun and George Kottaras off Matt Garza in the first two innings, but the Cubs answered each time.
Herrera came in and Fukudome quickly gave the Cubs some breathing room when he drove a 1-2 pitch to the right-field seats for his third home run. Greinke simply shrugged off his rough outing.
Fukudome had a couple hits that started a rally and drove in a run. Notes: Cubs manager Mike Quade wasn't exactly shedding tears over New York's Derek Jeter missing this weekend's series. Six hits shy of 3,000, Jeter is sidelined by a strained right calf. "I'm like every other baseball guy. I don't want this guy coming here getting his 3,000th hit," Quade said. "Zach's a good guy and works hard, he's trying to manage his stuff," Roenicke said.

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