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Brewers notch season-high 26 hits, dismantle Cubs

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CHICAGO -- After a rough weekend at the plate, Ryan Braun and his teammates will certainly want to savor Monday night's offensive outburst.

Prince Fielder drove in five runs and had five of Milwaukee's season-high 26 hits and Yovani Gallardo tied a season-high with 12 strikeouts as the Brewers pounded the Chicago Cubs 18-1.

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Braun also had five hits for Milwaukee, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Casey McGhee had a three-run homer and Fielder had a three-run double.

"The team as a whole swung the bat really well," Braun said. "It's weird, to be honest with you. It's not something that happens very often, if ever. You try to be in the moment and enjoy it and then realize you have to move on to the next day."

Corey Hart finished with four hits for the Brewers.

The Cubs tied a franchise record for hits allowed, matching Sept. 2, 1957, when they lost to the Milwaukee Braves.

"Nothing worked. They certainly hit some balls hard and they found some holes and they did everything. We got our butts kicked, that's for sure," said Alan Trammell, who is managing the team while Lou Piniella attends funeral services for his uncle in Florida.

Gallardo (10-5) allowed one run and two hits over six innings.

"You expect it because he's our ace, our best pitcher. We don't expect anything less from him. He threw the ball very well tonight," Braun said.

The Cubs have lost a season-high six straight, several of them in embarrassing fashion. On Friday night, the Cubs lost 17-2 to Colorado, which was highlighted by a 12-run eighth inning when the Rockies brought 18 batters to the plate.

Trammell agreed the game was embarrassing for the Cubs, who dropped to a season-low 14 games under .500 (46-60).

"Oh yeah. Absolutely. It's not what you're looking for and it doesn't taste very well. No question about it," he said.

During the six-game skid, the Cubs have been outscored 62-17.

The Brewers scored five runs and had seven hits off Cubs starter Randy Wells (5-9) in the fourth inning.

"In all reality it [stinks] to get beat up like that but I don't think it is anything to start looking into," Wells said. "I just had a bad start tonight."

After scoring two runs in a three-game series against Houston, the Brewers broke out against an overmatched pitching staff.

On Monday night, the Brewers batted around against the Cubs in consecutive innings. They brought 10 batters to the plate in the fourth and fifth innings.

"I can't explain it. McGehee's home run was huge. That got us going. For me to sit down and explain all of that, I don't know. Maybe it's because we didn't take BP [batting practice] yesterday," Brewers manager Ken Macha said.

Alcides Escobar had three hits and McGhee had four RBI for Milwaukee.

The only hits against Gallardo were doubles by rookie Starlin Castro.

Chicago finished with four hits, all doubles.

After pinch-running for Jim Edmonds in the sixth, Carlos Gomez was hit by a pitch in seventh, then was hit on the helmet by a fastball from Brian Schlitter in the eighth. Gomez hit the deck after getting hit in the eighth and a trainer tended to him before he walked to the dugout. Gomez did not return to the game and went to the hospital after the game for a CT Scan.

Notes

  • Before the game, the Brewers agreed to a $26.5 million, three-year contract extension through 2013 with Hart, rewarding the outfielder for a turnaround season that included a trip to the All-Star game.
  • Cubs placed RHP Carlos Silva on the DL for cardiac evaluation. In place of Silva, the Cubs purchased the contract of RHPs Thomas Diamond and Casey Coleman from Triple-A Iowa. Diamond is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Brewers and Coleman will work out of the bullpen.
 
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Yovani Gallardo ties his season high with 12 strikeouts as the Brewers take out the Cubs. (AP)
Yovani Gallardo ties his season high with 12 strikeouts as the Brewers take out the Cubs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 7
R 2
H 5
HR 0
RBI 5
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 7
R 3
H 5
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B6213012 .274
   a- Joe Inglett, PH-2B1010000 .271
Corey Hart, RF7341024 .294
Ryan Braun, LF7352003 .281
Prince Fielder, 1B7255003 .267
Casey McGehee, 3B5324111 .272
Jim Edmonds, CF3220100 .289
    Carlos Gomez, PR-CF0000000 .228
    Dave Bush, PR0000000 .125
    Trevor Hoffman, P1000013 .000
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
Alcides Escobar, SS-CF5232112 .250
Jonathan Lucroy, C6010017 .270
Yovani Gallardo, P3000024 .233
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   b- Craig Counsell, PH-SS2120000 .242
Totals5318261739  
a-singled for Weeks in the 9th
b-singled for Hawkins in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rickie Weeks (20, R. Wells), Corey Hart (22, R. Wells), Prince Fielder (18, Schlitter)
HR - Casey McGehee (15, R. Wells)
SF - Casey McGehee (5)
RBI - Rickie Weeks 3 (70), Corey Hart (73), Ryan Braun 2 (66), Prince Fielder 5 (51), Casey McGehee 4 (62), Alcides Escobar 2 (29)
2-OUT RBI - Corey Hart (28), Ryan Braun 2 (29), Prince Fielder (19)
Team LOB - 15
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo (W,10-5) 62111120 2.71
LaTroy Hawkins 1100020 7.90
Trevor Hoffman 1100000 6.62
John Axford 1000000 2.65
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 95-63, LaTroy Hawkins 20-13, Trevor Hoffman 10-8, John Axford 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 4-2, Trevor Hoffman 1-2
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 21, LaTroy Hawkins 4, Trevor Hoffman 4, John Axford 3
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tyler Colvin, RF-CF4010030 .263
Starlin Castro, SS4120001 .306
Derrek Lee, 1B3000022 .247
    Jeff Baker, 1B1000000 .239
Aramis Ramirez, 3B2001000 .220
   a- Mike Fontenot, PH-3B2000010 .279
Marlon Byrd, CF1000110 .314
    Kosuke Fukudome, RF2000000 .247
Alfonso Soriano, LF3010011 .266
Geovany Soto, C3000032 .281
    Brian Schlitter, P0000000 .000
Blake DeWitt, 2B3000010 .274
Randy Wells, P1000010 .156
    Justin Berg, P0000000 .000
    Casey Coleman, P1000010 .000
    Koyie Hill, C1000000 .194
Totals31141114  
a-struck out for Ramirez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Tyler Colvin (14, Hoffman), Starlin Castro 2 (19, Gallardo, Gallardo), Alfonso Soriano (26, Hawkins)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez (49)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Castro-DeWitt-Lee
E - Starlin Castro (15, Throwing), Aramis Ramirez (12, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wells (L,5-9) 41076051 4.40
Justin Berg 1330100 4.62
Casey Coleman 2.1866210 23.14
Brian Schlitter 1.2522030 12.38
HBP - Gallardo (by Randy Wells), Gomez (by Casey Coleman), Gomez (by Brian Schlitter)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 70-52, Justin Berg 24-14, Casey Coleman 63-36, Brian Schlitter 44-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 2-5, Justin Berg 3-1, Casey Coleman 4-1, Brian Schlitter 2-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wells 23, Justin Berg 8, Casey Coleman 17, Brian Schlitter 12
Game Information
Attendance - 37731
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Ron Kulpa