Chicago at Milwaukee

Chi. Cubs
W: R. Bottalico (1-1) L: M. Remlinger (0-2)
S: D. Turnbow (12)
HR: CHC - D. Lee (21), D. Lee (22)   MIL - C. Lee (20), C. Moeller (3), B. Hall (11)

Hall's blast in 8th helps Brewers outslug Cubs, Lee

CBS wire reports

MILWAUKEE -- Bill Hall fouled off the first changeup he saw from Mike Remlinger with two outs in the eighth inning.

He saw another changeup and hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer as the Milwaukee Brewers overcame a pair of Derrek Lee home runs and beat the Chicago Cubs 8-7 Thursday.

"I get criticized when I say my team battles," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "People get upset because I say my team battles all the time. So I don't know how to really put it."

With two outs in the eighth and the score 6-all, Jeff Cirillo singled on a ball just under the glove of second baseman Todd Walker. Hall followed with his 11th homer, a drive to center field off Remlinger (0-2).

"I was just expecting to drive the ball in the gap and get Cirillo some running room so he could maybe score from first," said Hall, who also had two doubles. "I was sitting on a changeup on the first pitch and I fouled it off. I was pretty upset."

After another strike, Hall took two fastballs to even the count at 2-2 and expected another changeup.

"I looked for it, got it and got the good part of the bat on it," said Hall, 8-for-16 with three homers and four RBI in the series.

Ricky Bottalico (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings for his first win since June 17 last year with the New York Mets, and Derrick Turnbow finished for his 12th save, giving Milwaukee a split of the four-game series. After Turnbow allowed Neifi Perez's two-out RBI single in the ninth, he retired Lee on a game-ending lineout to left.

"That's not the guy you want to be facing in that situation," Turnbow said.

Lee had three hits to raise his major league-leading average to .395 and took over the home run lead with 22. It was his fifth multihomer game this season and the 14th of his career.

"We've got to find a way to win those close games, that's for sure," Lee said. "When we get the lead late, we've got to find a way to hold it."

Chicago has lost six of its last eight games and eight of 11.

"I thought it was an out at first," Remlinger said of Hall's homer. "With the trajectory, I thought it was a line drive to center."

Milwaukee trailed 6-4 before Chris Magruder, in an 0-for-11 slide, hit a two-run single in the seventh off Will Ohman, who had just entered the game.

Chicago had gone ahead in the top of the inning on Michael Barrett's RBI double and Perez's run-scoring single.

Brewers starter Ben Sheets allowed a season-high six earned runs, giving up six runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Lee hit a two-run homer in the first off Sheets, who has allowed homers in eight of 11 starts.

"I told Ben we were going to get him off the hook," Yost said.

Chicago's Glendon Rusch, winless in four starts, gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings. Chad Moeller hit a solo homer for the Brewers, 17-8 in their last 25 home games.


  • Sheets received his first no-decision of the season. He was trying to win consecutive starts for the first time since June 30-July 10.
  • Rusch's last victory was June 2, a four-hit shutout at San Diego.
  • Aramis Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the fourth.
  • Hall has 10 doubles in June, one shy of the club record for June set by Cecil Cooper in 1983.
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Brewers SS Bill Hall speeds around the bases after his go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning. (AP)
Brewers SS Bill Hall speeds around the bases after his go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Hall
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1

D. Lee
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 2

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Chicago Cubs
Corey Patterson, CF5100042 .245
Neifi Perez, SS4122110 .288
Derrek Lee, 1B4333101 .395
Jeromy Burnitz, RF4000012 .284
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4021000 .302
Todd Walker, 2B4000012 .301
Todd Hollandsworth, LF4120001 .262
Michael Barrett, C4111011 .280
Glendon Rusch, P2000010 .143
   a- Jose Macias, PH0000000 .262
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Mike Remlinger, P0000000 .000
   b- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH1010000 .262
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Rusch in the 7th
b-singled for Remlinger in the 9th
2B - Michael Barrett (14, Sheets)
HR - Derrek Lee 2 (22, Sheets, Sheets)
SH - Jose Macias (2)
RBI - Neifi Perez 2 (29), Derrek Lee 3 (64), Aramis Ramirez (45), Michael Barrett (34)
2-OUT RBI - Neifi Perez 2 (9), Aramis Ramirez (15)
CS - Todd Hollandsworth (3, 2nd base by Bottalico/Moeller)
Team LOB - 5
E - Todd Hollandsworth (1, Wild throw)
Chicago Cubs
Glendon Rusch 6744322 3.13
Michael Wuertz (H,8) 0.2222100 4.05
Will Ohman (BS,2) 0.1100000 2.16
Mike Remlinger (L,0-2) 1222011 5.66
IBB - Lee by Glendon Rusch
Pitches-Strikes - Glendon Rusch 103-62, Michael Wuertz 31-18, Will Ohman 9-6, Mike Remlinger 17-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Glendon Rusch 8-8, Michael Wuertz 1-1
Batters Faced - Glendon Rusch 28, Michael Wuertz 5, Will Ohman 2, Mike Remlinger 5
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF5010001 .328
Jeff Cirillo, 3B5230001 .280
Bill Hall, SS5232002 .306
Carlos Lee, LF3212211 .280
Wes Helms, 1B3111013 .294
Rickie Weeks, 2B3010103 .275
Chris Magruder, RF4012002 .214
Chad Moeller, C3111102 .182
Ben Sheets, P2000010 .000
    Ricky Bottalico, P0000000 .000
   a- J.J. Hardy, PH1000000 .181
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
a-flied out for Bottalico in the 8th
2B - Jeff Cirillo (14, Rusch), Bill Hall 2 (18, Rusch, Rusch)
HR - Bill Hall (11, Remlinger), Carlos Lee (20, Rusch), Chad Moeller (3, Rusch)
SF - Wes Helms (2)
SH - Ben Sheets (3)
RBI - Bill Hall 2 (31), Carlos Lee 2 (66), Wes Helms (11), Chris Magruder 2 (9), Chad Moeller (8)
2-OUT RBI - Bill Hall 2 (10), Chris Magruder 2 (5)
Team LOB - 8
Milwaukee Brewers
Ben Sheets 6.2866172 3.68
Ricky Bottalico (W,1-1) 1.1100110 3.45
Derrick Turnbow (S,12) 1211010 3.07
WP - Ricky Bottalico (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 96-59, Ricky Bottalico 27-15, Derrick Turnbow 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 4-9, Ricky Bottalico 2-0, Derrick Turnbow 1-1
Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 29, Ricky Bottalico 5, Derrick Turnbow 5
Game Information
Attendance - 42288
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Jerry Crawford