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Fielder smacks two of Brewers' six HRs; one short of team record

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- J.J. Hardy has high expectations for Prince Fielder, and the rookie isn't letting him down.

Fielder hit two of Milwaukee's six homers, Rickie Weeks connected on a leadoff shot and the Brewers had their biggest offensive outburst in six years Saturday with a 16-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Bill Hall, Carlos Lee and Hardy also connected for the Brewers, who fell one homer short of the franchise record set on April 29, 1980, at Cleveland.

Hardy had four RBI, and Fielder and Weeks each finished with three. It was the first career multihomer game for Fielder, who boosted his average to .348.

"I expected this from him," Hardy said. "He's just such a good hitter that I don't think it really matters where he's hitting. He's just going to find a way to get it done. He's a good hitter. He's a real good hitter."

The Brewers scored their most runs since a 16-8 victory on Aug. 21, 2000, at Arizona. It was their largest margin of victory since May 9, 1996, when they defeated the Red Sox 17-2.

"We were locked in today," Weeks said.

The Cubs were handed their worst defeat since an 18-1 loss in Atlanta on May 20, 1996. The last time they allowed 16 runs was a 16-15 loss at Montreal on May 14, 2000.

Milwaukee starter Doug Davis (1-2) took advantage of the run support in an easy victory. He pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run and five hits with two strikeouts and five walks.

After consecutive shaky outings against Houston and Cincinnati, Davis coasted through the first six innings.

"Seeing Doug get back on track was a big boost," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "I know it's a boost to him, make him feel good. He threw the ball today much better, commanded the ball much better. But the offense did a really nice job. We tacked on a lot of two-out offense, which was big."

Weeks greeted starter Glendon Rusch with a shot to left that landed on Waveland Avenue. It was the first time in his career that he led off a game with a home run.

"I think anytime you start the game off with a lead it helps everyone relax. It was just nice to see Rickie go up there and do that," Hardy said. "He's a huge part of our team offensively. Once he starts to feel good and do even more, it's going to be a huge factor. It gets stupid when he starts getting good."

Geoff Jenkins doubled one out later and Fielder hit a two-run homer into the right-center bleachers with two outs to give the Brewers a 3-0 lead.

Rusch got the first two outs in the third but then quickly ran into more trouble. He gave up back-to-back homers to Fielder and Hall.

Fielder hit an opposite-field shot that landed in the basket in left, and Hall homered on a 3-2 pitch. Rusch then issued consecutive walks to Damian Miller and Brady Clark. The left-hander was pulled for reliever David Aardsma, who gave up an RBI single to Davis and walked in a run to make it 7-0.

Rusch (1-4) lasted only 2 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs and six hits. He gave up four homers and three walks.

"It's a rough stretch. I'm not getting anything going and I'm leaving pitches up and they're getting hit out of the ballpark," Rusch said. "Other than that I don't have an explanation for exactly why, if I did it would be easier to change it around. I will look at videos tomorrow and see if I can get something going."

Milwaukee batted around in the third with two outs.

Lee tagged Aardsma for his ninth homer in the fourth, tying the Brewers' record for home runs in April. Hardy hit his fourth of the season off Aardsma in the fifth, a two-run shot that made it 10-0.

The Brewers weren't done. They batted around for the second time in the sixth, when Weeks hit a two-run single off Will Ohman and Hardy added an RBI double.

"It's frustrating when you go out there and try to execute and you don't," Ohman said. "A day like today, you take it for what it is and you learn from it, but don't get overly frustrated."

Gabe Gross scored on a wild pitch in the ninth and Clark hit a two-run double, making it 16-2. Milwaukee hit five homers April 22 at Cincinnati, all in the fourth inning.

Michael Restovich hit an RBI single in the seventh for the Cubs and Freddie Bynum had a run-scoring triple in the eighth.

Notes

  • Juan Pierre made a diving catch in center, robbing Davis of a hit in the second inning.
  • The Cubs' record for most homers allowed in a game is seven set five times, most recently on Sept. 9, 2000, against Houston.
  • Cubs C Michael Barrett did not play because of a jammed finger, but did pinch-hit in the seventh inning and walked.
 
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Carlos Lee and Prince Fielder combine for three hits, all of them home runs, four RBI and four runs.  (AP)
Carlos Lee and Prince Fielder combine for three hits, all of them home runs, four RBI and four runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 5
R 3
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Milwaukee

D. Davis
IP 6.1
H 5
ER 1
BB 5
K 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4123212 .260
J.J. Hardy, SS5124103 .281
Geoff Jenkins, RF4120103 .284
    Gabe Gross, LF0100100 .323
Carlos Lee, LF5111005 .299
    Jeff Cirillo, 3B1000001 .273
Prince Fielder, 1B5323100 .348
Bill Hall, 3B-CF6331010 .293
Damian Miller, C5220112 .322
Brady Clark, CF-RF3212302 .200
Doug Davis, P3111101 .091
    Jose Capellan, P1000011 .000
   a- Corey Koskie, PH1000011 .302
    Chris Demaria, P0000000 .000
Totals4316161511521 
a-struck out for Capellan in the 9th
Batting
2B - J.J. Hardy (3, Ohman), Geoff Jenkins (6, Rusch), Brady Clark (3, Novoa)
HR - Rickie Weeks (1, Rusch), J.J. Hardy (4, Aardsma), Carlos Lee (9, Aardsma), Prince Fielder 2 (5, Rusch, Rusch), Bill Hall (4, Rusch)
RBI - Rickie Weeks 3 (8), J.J. Hardy 4 (13), Carlos Lee (19), Prince Fielder 3 (16), Bill Hall (7), Brady Clark 2 (7), Doug Davis (1)
2-OUT RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (4), J.J. Hardy 4 (5), Prince Fielder 3 (8), Bill Hall (2), Brady Clark 2 (3), Doug Davis (1)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Fielder, Davis-Hardy-Fielder, Hall-Weeks-Fielder, Hardy-Weeks-Fielder
E - Prince Fielder (2, Missed catch), Bill Hall (3, Wild throw)
Milwaukee Brewers
Doug Davis (W,1-2) 6.1511520 6.39
Jose Capellan 1.2211020 5.25
Chris Demaria 1000100 3.18
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 107-60, Jose Capellan 19-15, Chris Demaria 16-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 11-5, Jose Capellan 1-1, Chris Demaria 1-2
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 28, Jose Capellan 6, Chris Demaria 4
Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF3010001 .267
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
   a- Michael Barrett, PH0000100 .283
    Roberto Novoa, P1000000 .000
Ronny Cedeno, SS5000012 .311
Todd Walker, 1B1000100 .349
   b- John Mabry, PH-1B2000010 .292
Aramis Ramirez, 3B2000002 .206
   c- Neifi Perez, PH-3B1000100 .171
Matt Murton, LF3110103 .293
Jacque Jones, RF2010011 .241
    Freddie Bynum, CF2021000 .250
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B4100013 .250
Henry Blanco, C3000100 .095
Glendon Rusch, P0000000 .333
    David Aardsma, P1000000 .000
   d- Michael Restovich, PH-RF2021100 .286
Totals322726412 
a-walked for Ohman in the 7th
b-grounded out for Walker in the 6th
c-walked for Ramirez in the 6th
d-singled for Aardsma in the 5th
Batting
2B - Michael Restovich (1, Davis)
3B - Freddie Bynum (1, Capellan)
RBI - Freddie Bynum (1), Michael Restovich (1)
2-OUT RBI - Freddie Bynum (1)
SB - Juan Pierre (8, 3rd base off Davis/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 9
Chicago Cubs
Glendon Rusch (L,1-4) 2.2677304 8.46
David Aardsma 2.1433322 10.50
Will Ohman 2433200 14.14
Roberto Novoa 2233330 3.86
WP - Will Ohman (1), Roberto Novoa (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Glendon Rusch 81-43, David Aardsma 60-34, Will Ohman 39-19, Roberto Novoa 56-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Glendon Rusch 2-6, David Aardsma 2-3, Will Ohman 2-4, Roberto Novoa 1-2
Batters Faced - Glendon Rusch 17, David Aardsma 14, Will Ohman 12, Roberto Novoa 11
Game Information
Attendance - 40644
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Randy Marsh