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Back-to-back homers by Counsell, Braun lift Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ken Macha took two painkillers after enduring nearly 4½ hours of walks followed by one unusual delay. He wasn't sure how many his counterpart Lou Piniella needed.

Craig Counsell and Ryan Braun hit back-to-back homers and the Milwaukee Brewers scored six times in the seventh inning before the lights went out in a 12-6 win over the injury-depleted Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

"I took two Advil before I came in here. I'm serious about the Advil, I am," Macha said. "We got nine walks, a hit-by-pitch, they got seven walks and a hit-by-pitch. Tough game, I don't know how many Advil Lou took, but I took two."

  Ramirez on 15-day DL

It was Braun's second homer in as many days and came after Counsell hit his first since June 17 and 36th of his career off Cubs starter Ryan Dempster (2-2). The consecutive shots helped the Brewers break open a tight game and earn their 14th win in 18 games, the best mark in baseball over that stretch.

"I was a little worried it was going to go foul," Counsell said. "I thought it had enough but I thought it might go foul."

The game was stopped for 20 minutes in the eighth inning after more than half the lights went out at Miller Park. Chicago scored three times to cut Milwaukee's lead to 9-5 and reliever Todd Coffey had just finished warming up when the field became dark.

"That was kind of strange there, but, I don't know, it seems like the fans liked it," Cubs second baseman Mike Fontenot said.

Milton Bradley hit an RBI double when play resumed but Coffey struck out Micah Hoffpauir to end the inning.

The Brewers responded with three runs in the bottom half to put the game away. Cubs relievers Chad Fox, who hurt his elbow facing his second batter, and Aaron Heilman combined for four straight walks to force home the first run. Chris Duffy added an RBI single and Jason Kendall hit a sacrifice fly.

"I'll tell you what, it's not fun watching your bullpen go through that," Piniella said.

With one out in the seventh, Counsell drove a pitch over the shortest part of the right-field wall to give the Brewers a 4-2 lead. Braun then hit a drive to left for his eighth homer.

"If there's anybody that was more excited than him it's me, got to get that one out of the way first," said Kendall, who has yet to go deep this season and has only 73 career home runs himself. "We count our [batting practice] shots, our warning track shots, we count everything. All the other guys are hitting 20, 30 home runs, me and Counsell count our BP home runs and those aren't that many either."

Braun, who scored three times and declined to talk afterward, is hitting .442 with seven homers and 23 RBI since April 21.

"Pretty amazing, his plate discipline, the ball jumps off his bat, he's going to be a good one for a long time," Kendall said.

Dempster departed after Braun's hit and Milwaukee made it 9-2 on RBI singles by Corey Hart, Kendall and Rickie Weeks and a wild pitch by David Patton.

Yovani Gallardo (4-1) labored through five innings for Milwaukee, allowing two runs and five hits. He struck out eight and issued a career-high four walks.

The Cubs left 12 runners on base and have stranded 16 in losing the first two games of the series. They also could be without their top two RBI threats for some time.

Third baseman Aramis Ramirez is out indefinitely after he dislocated his left shoulder on Friday night and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. First baseman Derrek Lee was out for his fourth straight game with neck spasms.

"We had chances, we had chances," Piniella said. "One of these days we'll start hitting with men on base and make things a whole lot easier on us."

Hoffpauir hit a two-run homer in the fifth and Kosuke Fukudome doubled in two runs in the eighth.

Notes

  • A power outage at Miller Park on June 15, 2001, caused a game to be postponed.
  • The Cubs said Fox suffered a significant elbow injury and will be placed on the DL on Sunday.
  • Ramirez will be in a sling for a week and will not do any baseball activities for three weeks after that, but isn't expected to need surgery.
  • Lee is scheduled to have tests on Monday in Chicago.
  • Brewers C Mike Rivera (ankle) threw, hit and ran on Saturday. He's expected to go on a rehab assignment to start next week and could be activated on Thursday.
  • Kendall had three singles and is four hits from 2,000.
 
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A photo trick? No, it's Miller Park after some lights mysteriously go out in the seventh inning. (US Presswire)
A photo trick? No, it's Miller Park after some lights mysteriously go out in the seventh inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 2
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

M. Hoffpauir
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF5110032 .268
Ryan Theriot, SS2100210 .304
Kosuke Fukudome, CF4122101 .308
Milton Bradley, RF3121201 .175
Micah Hoffpauir, 1B5122026 .298
Geovany Soto, C5020023 .176
Mike Fontenot, 2B4010123 .239
Bobby Scales, 3B5010024 .300
Ryan Dempster, P2000112 .000
    Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
    David Patton, P0000000 .000
   a- Aaron Miles, PH1100001 .203
    Chad Fox, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   b- Reed Johnson, PH1000001 .224
Totals376115713  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Patton in the 8th
b-lined out for Heilman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kosuke Fukudome (7, Julio), Milton Bradley (1, Coffey), Micah Hoffpauir (5, Gallardo), Mike Fontenot (4, Gallardo)
HR - Micah Hoffpauir (3, Gallardo)
RBI - Kosuke Fukudome 2 (17), Milton Bradley (5), Micah Hoffpauir 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Kosuke Fukudome 2 (8), Milton Bradley (1), Micah Hoffpauir 2 (7)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Ryan Dempster (1, Throwing), Geovany Soto (1, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Dempster (L,2-2) 6.1754392 4.98
Neal Cotts0122100 6.75
David Patton 0.2322100 8.03
Chad Fox0022200135.00
Aaron Heilman 1111220 5.40
HBP - Braun (by Ryan Dempster)
WP - Ryan Dempster (3), David Patton (2), Chad Fox (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 121-70, Neal Cotts 10-4, David Patton 24-13, Chad Fox 11-3, Aaron Heilman 28-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 2-8, David Patton 2-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 30, Neal Cotts 2, David Patton 6, Chad Fox 2, Aaron Heilman 6
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5121122 .276
Craig Counsell, 3B4221104 .340
Ryan Braun, LF2322200 .349
Prince Fielder, 1B2201220 .264
J.J. Hardy, SS4210112 .216
Corey Hart, RF4012112 .274
Chris Duffy, CF5111011 .111
Jason Kendall, C4132010 .233
Yovani Gallardo, P2000012 .235
    Seth McClung, P1000011 .000
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Villanueva, P00000001.000
   a- Brad Nelson, PH0000100 .000
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
    Todd Coffey, P1000012 .000
Totals34121210911  
a-walked for Villanueva in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Braun (6, Dempster)
HR - Craig Counsell (1, Dempster), Ryan Braun (8, Dempster)
SF - Prince Fielder (3), Jason Kendall (4)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (20), Craig Counsell (4), Ryan Braun 2 (28), Prince Fielder (25), Corey Hart 2 (14), Chris Duffy (3), Jason Kendall 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Rickie Weeks (9), Jason Kendall (2)
SB - Ryan Braun (3, off Dempster/Soto)
CS - Ryan Braun (3, 2nd base by Dempster/Soto)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Hardy-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Yovani Gallardo (W,4-1) 5522481 3.09
Seth McClung (H,2) 1.1100220 3.18
Mitch Stetter (H,5) 0.1000010 3.27
Carlos Villanueva (H,3) 0.1000000 6.28
Jorge Julio 0.2244110 8.49
Todd Coffey 1.1300010 3.24
HBP - Theriot (by Jorge Julio)
WP - Jorge Julio (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 101-59, Seth McClung 34-18, Mitch Stetter 3-3, Carlos Villanueva 6-3, Jorge Julio 24-13, Todd Coffey 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 2-5, Seth McClung 1-1, Carlos Villanueva 1-0, Jorge Julio 1-0, Todd Coffey 1-1
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 24, Seth McClung 7, Mitch Stetter 1, Carlos Villanueva 1, Jorge Julio 6, Todd Coffey 6
Game Information
Attendance - 44428
Game Time - 3:47
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Tom Hallion