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Cubs pounce on Looper, roll past Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- Tyler Colvin reminded himself he had to keep his emotions under control. That's what ran the last Cubs outfielder out of town, maybe for good.

Colvin made a positive first impression, Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs and Tom Gorzelanny tied a career high with nine strikeouts in Chicago's 10-2 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

Colvin, who replaced Milton Bradley on the Cubs' roster, hit a sacrifice fly in his first career plate appearance and added his first major league hit in the third inning.

"I was nervous. I can't hide that. I was really nervous before the game, could barely eat," Colvin said. "I learned how to control my emotions in front of a big crowd. I've never played in front of a crowd like this and hopefully I can just build off of it."

Lee drove in four runs and Ramirez scored twice and drove in two more for the Cubs, who jumped out to a 7-0 lead and won for the second time since general manager Jim Hendry suspended Bradley for the rest of the season Sunday.

The quiet Colvin, who had recently finished the season at Double-A Tennessee, sat watching Ted Lilly and Ryan Dempster play cards after the game without saying a word. He said afterward he's trying to soak up everything he can.

"I get to pick everyone's brain around here," Colvin said.

Mike Cameron hit two solo home runs off Gorzelanny (6-2), but that was it against the left-hander who pitched five solid innings after struggling in his two previous starts at Miller Park.

Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Gorzelanny had worked his way into the team's plans for next season. The Cubs acquired the pitcher in a five-player deal with the Pirates on July 30.

"We like Gorzelanny, he's got a spot here, whether it be pitching in the middle in the bullpen or whether it be as a fourth or fifth starter," Piniella said. "We'll have to wait and see here over the winter."

Chicago's first four batters of the game reached and scored against Braden Looper (13-7).

Ryan Theriot singled, Kosuke Fukudome doubled after Corey Hart and second baseman Felipe Lopez collided in shallow right field, and Lee followed with a two-run single.

Ramirez singled and, after an out, Jeff Baker drove in a run with a single. Colvin, a first-round draft pick in 2006 who needed reconstructive elbow surgery last year, followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.

With two outs in the second, Fukudome singled and Lee hit his 34th home run to left field to tie a career best with 107 RBI this season. Ramirez followed with a home run two pitches later to give Chicago a 7-0 lead.

"Numbers aren't important. The wins are the only thing that matters," Lee said. "If I have the day I had today and we lose, it doesn't matter. It's as simple as that."

Bradley signed a $30 million, three-year deal before the season to give the Cubs another big bat in the middle of the order. It hasn't panned out, and Bradley was suspended Sunday for criticizing the organization in a newspaper interview.

Lee and Ramirez both went 3 for 4 and provided more than enough offense against Looper, who has allowed a major league-high 37 home runs this year. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin must decide what to do with the veteran right-hander. The two sides have a mutual option for 2010.

"I like it here. I like the team, I like the guys here. But I have to pitch better than I did tonight. That's something that Doug and the guys have to figure out," Looper said. "I have no say until they tell me what they want to do and then we'll go from there. I do definitely like it here."

Cameron connected in the second and fourth off Gorzelanny.

Gorzelanny allowed 13 runs in his previous two starts at Miller Park last year, but the rest of the Brewers couldn't produce against him or relievers Aaron Heilman and Justin Berg over the final four innings.

"It's a lot different scenario for me this year than it was last year," Gorzelanny said. "I've made quite a few changes."

Notes

  • Cameron reached 20 home runs in a season for the eighth time in his career.
  • The Cubs activated OF Reed Johnson (left foot) from the 15-day disabled list.
  • To make room for Colvin, Chicago designated RHP Thomas Diamond for assignment.
  • Cubs RHP Jeff Samardzija will start in place of Lilly on Wednesday.
 
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Milwaukee's Mike Cameron fails to come up with this sixth-inning drive -- a double for Derrek Lee.  (AP)
Milwaukee's Mike Cameron fails to come up with this sixth-inning drive -- a double for Derrek Lee. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

M. Cameron
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Chicago

D. Lee
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, SS5110103 .288
Kosuke Fukudome, RF5320111 .255
Derrek Lee, 1B4334100 .306
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4232000 .325
Micah Hoffpauir, LF3000101 .241
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Fontenot, PH0001000 .240
    Justin Berg, P0000000 .000
Jeff Baker, 2B5121003 .304
Tyler Colvin, CF3011102 .333
Koyie Hill, C5010024 .235
Tom Gorzelanny, P3000024 .167
    Bobby Scales, LF2011010 .248
Totals3910141056  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Heilman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kosuke Fukudome (33, Looper), Derrek Lee (34, McClung), Bobby Scales (7, Butler)
HR - Derrek Lee (34, Looper), Aramis Ramirez (14, Looper)
SF - Mike Fontenot (5), Tyler Colvin (1)
RBI - Derrek Lee 4 (107), Aramis Ramirez 2 (61), Mike Fontenot (42), Jeff Baker (20), Tyler Colvin (1), Bobby Scales (13)
2-OUT RBI - Derrek Lee 2 (40), Aramis Ramirez 2 (27), Bobby Scales (4)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Baker-Theriot-Lee, Baker-Theriot-Lee
Chicago Cubs
Tom Gorzelanny (W,6-2) 5622192 5.08
Aaron Heilman 2400100 4.08
Justin Berg 2200000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Gorzelanny 88-58, Aaron Heilman 28-16, Justin Berg 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Gorzelanny 2-4, Aaron Heilman 3-1, Justin Berg 4-2
Batters Faced - Tom Gorzelanny 22, Aaron Heilman 9, Justin Berg 8
Milwaukee Brewers
Felipe Lopez, 2B5020012 .312
Corey Hart, RF5010001 .255
Ryan Braun, LF4020111 .313
Prince Fielder, 1B4000014 .297
Casey McGehee, 3B4010020 .303
Mike Cameron, CF4222000 .255
J.J. Hardy, SS2010110 .228
   a- Mat Gamel, PH1010000 .233
    Alcides Escobar, SS0000000 .286
Jason Kendall, C4020011 .238
Braden Looper, P1000010 .211
   b- Jason Bourgeois, PH1000012 .182
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
    Seth McClung, P0000000 .000
   c- Jody Gerut, PH1000001 .232
    Josh Butler, P0000000 .000
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
   d- Frank Catalanotto, PH1000000 .282
Totals37212229  
a-singled for Hardy in the 8th
b-struck out for Looper in the 4th
c-grounded into a double play for McClung in the 6th
d-grounded out for Axford in the 9th
Batting
2B - Felipe Lopez (35, Gorzelanny)
HR - Mike Cameron 2 (21, Gorzelanny, Gorzelanny)
RBI - Mike Cameron 2 (64)
Team LOB - 10
Milwaukee Brewers
Braden Looper (L,13-7) 41077022 5.12
Mitch Stetter 1000210 3.77
Seth McClung 1211000 5.10
Josh Butler 2222210 9.00
John Axford 1000120 4.50
HBP - Ramirez (by Josh Butler)
WP - Josh Butler (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Braden Looper 69-46, Mitch Stetter 16-8, Seth McClung 27-17, Josh Butler 36-19, John Axford 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Braden Looper 5-5, Seth McClung 2-1, Josh Butler 3-2
Batters Faced - Braden Looper 22, Mitch Stetter 5, Seth McClung 5, Josh Butler 11, John Axford 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34192
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Chris Guccione