Sunday yielded a loss for the Chicago Cubs against the Milwaukee Brewers. One thing stayed the same; the losing team was held scoreless. The Cubs lost 2-0. Casey Coleman lost the game but pitched great; the Cubs’ offense just didn’t show up. Coleman (1-2) made his fifth start with the Cubs.
Carrie Muskat posted an article at the Cubs’ website titled “Coleman takes loss after Cubs shut out.” In the first two games of the Milwaukee series, the Cubs won 4-0 behind the brilliant pitching of Carlos Zambrano and 1-0 behind the equally brilliant pitching of Ryan Dempster, who got his 100th win.
The Cubs’ pitchers have been getting the job done. In fact, until Milwaukee scored in this game, as Muskat reports, they threw 25 straight shut-out innings at the Brewers, which was the most accomplished since “28 scoreless innings from June 25-29, 2005.”
The MVP for the Brewers was Yovani Gallardo (12-7), the winning pitcher. In addition to throwing a great game, Gallardo hit a double in the fifth and came home on another double by none other than Ryan Braun, who is an incredible nemesis to the Cubs and every other team.
The other run came from a solo homer by Casey McGehee. This run was allowed by Coleman, so technically he allowed the game-winner.
Mike Quade, interim manager, was extremely pleased with the effort by Coleman, despite the loss, because, on many other days, that effort would have yielded a win.
The Cubs have a good record with Milwaukee for the year, going 9-6. This is the last time the teams will face one another this year.
While this series ended with a loss, the Cubs took the series, and it is the fourth of six series that the Cubs have won under Quade.
The Cubs will now invade the home of arch-rival St. Louis, where they will give Jeff Samardzija a shot at beating the Cards. Samardzija gave up a shot at pro football as a receiver to pitch for the Cubs. We’ll have to see how he does.
It would be interesting to hear from the front office how they think Quade is doing. Also, the Cubs are close to elimination; it will probably happen in the next game.
Chicago Cubs Website, Carrie Muskat, “Coleman takes loss after Cubs shut out”