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Greinke fans 12, Brewers blank Cubs

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MILWAUKEE -- Zack Greinke was fuming at himself after a rough second inning.

He took it out on the Chicago Cubs.

Greinke extended his home winning streak to 15 consecutive decisions at Miller Park, and the Milwaukee Brewers rediscovered their offense, beating the Chicago Cubs 8-0 on Wednesday night.

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Greinke became the third starting pitcher since 1900 to win his first 15 home decisions with a team. He chalked up much of the streak to good luck and run support, but acknowledged that he likes staying in a routine at home -- and yes, it's the little things that count.

"You wake up in your bed, and you don't have to go anywhere to get your breakfast and coffee," Greinke said. "And sometimes in the hotels, they have bad coffee or something, so you have to go do other stuff."

Greinke (7-2) had a season-high 12 strikeouts and gave up two hits in seven innings, with two walks and a wild pitch.

"I was mad about it, probably, for a couple innings," Greinke said of the rocky second. "Because I threw so many pitches that inning."

Brooks Conrad -- who came into Wednesday's game batting .059 this season -- had a two-run single for the Brewers, while Ryan Braun and Cody Ransom each had RBI doubles. Norichika Aoki had a walk and three hits after being moved to the leadoff spot and Taylor Green hit a three-run homer, the first of his career.

The Brewers lost 10-0 in the first game of the series, ending the Cubs' 11-game road losing streak.

"We always talk about the confidence, when you're home and when you're on the road," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of Greinke. "He has great confidence here."

Cubs starter Paul Maholm (4-5) gave up four runs and six hits in four innings. Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro each doubled on a quiet offensive night for Chicago.

"If you're going to strike out that many times on back-to-back nights, you're not going to put many runs up, that's for sure," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Greinke was about as good as he's going to get. "

Greinke got off to a somewhat shaky start, including an awkward-looking curveball early on.

Soriano led off the second with a shot down the third-base line, which Conrad unsuccessfully tried to barehand. Soriano went to second on the play, which was ruled a double.

Soriano advanced to third on a groundout, and Greinke got another groundout. But he walked the next two hitters to load the bases, then struck out Maholm to get out of the inning -- despite appearing to lose his grip on one offering to Maholm, the pitch registering 53 mph on the stadium speed gun.

Greinke said he thought his catcher called for a fastball, but realized in the middle of his motion that he had called for a curve.

"And I couldn't stop, or else it would be a balk and they'd score a run," Greinke said. "So I was like, 'Oh my gosh.' I just threw it. That was how that inning was going for me."

After being shut out Tuesday and managing only one hit in the first three innings Wednesday, the Brewers finally got back on the scoreboard in the fourth.

Aoki led off with a double, advanced to third on a flyout by Carlos Gomez and scored on a double by Braun. Corey Hart then reached base on an infield hit when third baseman Ian Stewart bobbled a ball coming out of his glove, giving the Brewers runners on first and second with one out.

Rickie Weeks flew out, but Ransom doubled to score Braun -- then Conrad delivered a broken-bat single to score two more, giving the Brewers a 4-0 lead.

Milwaukee added another run in the fifth when Aoki doubled and took third on an error by right fielder David DeJesus. Aoki later scored on a sacrifice fly by Hart.

Green tacked on his drive in the eighth. He got the ball back from the fan who caught it -- and the fan didn't ask for anything in return.

"He didn't," Green said. "I gave him a bat, though."

Notes

  • The Cubs placed RHP Blake Parker on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow stress reaction and called up RHP Manuel Corpas.
  • Both teams drafted their respective managers' sons Wednesday. The Brewers took Lance Roenicke, an outfielder from UC Santa Barbara, in the 25th round. The Cubs took Rustin Sveum, an infielder at Desert Mountain High School in Arizona, in the 39th.
  • Cubs RHP Matt Garza (2-4, 4.10 ERA) faces Brewers LHP Randy Wolf (2-5, 6.05 ERA) on Thursday.
 
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Zack Greinke improves to 15-0 at Miller Park as a Brewer, and comes up three strikeouts shy of his career high.  (US Presswire)
Zack Greinke improves to 15-0 at Miller Park as a Brewer, and comes up three strikeouts shy of his career high. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

Z. Greinke
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 12
Milwaukee

N. Aoki
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tony Campana, CF4000041 .277
Starlin Castro, SS4010001 .310
David DeJesus, RF3000121 .274
Alfonso Soriano, LF4010012 .263
Bryan LaHair, 1B4000021 .307
Steve Clevenger, C3000021 .333
Darwin Barney, 2B2000100 .277
Ian Stewart, 3B2010110 .199
Paul Maholm, P1000013 .053
   a- Adrian Cardenas, PH1000010 .179
    Randy Wells, P0000000 .333
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
   b- Reed Johnson, PH1000011 .259
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Totals29030315  
a-struck out for Maholm in the 5th
b-struck out for Corpas in the 8th
Batting
2B - Starlin Castro (8, Greinke), Alfonso Soriano (11, Greinke)
CS - Ian Stewart (3, 2nd base by Greinke/Maldonado)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Stewart-Barney-LaHair
E - Steve Clevenger (1, Missed catch of throw), David DeJesus (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Paul Maholm (L,4-5) 4644130 5.10
Randy Wells 2210300 3.72
Manny Corpas 1000020 0.00
Carlos Marmol 1333011 6.75
IBB - Aoki by Randy Wells
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 81-49, Randy Wells 35-16, Manny Corpas 11-7, Carlos Marmol 30-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 4-4, Randy Wells 3-3, Manny Corpas 1-0, Carlos Marmol 1-1
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 18, Randy Wells 11, Manny Corpas 3, Carlos Marmol 6
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4230100 .289
Carlos Gomez, CF5000006 .261
Ryan Braun, LF3111120 .307
    Nyjer Morgan, LF0000000 .233
Corey Hart, 1B3111010 .250
    George Kottaras, 1B0000000 .240
Rickie Weeks, 2B4000013 .163
    Juan Perez, P0000000 .000
Cody Ransom, SS-3B^2B4111020 .244
Brooks Conrad, 3B2012100 .083
    Edwin Maysonet, SS1110000 .219
Martin Maldonado, C3120100 .208
Zack Greinke, P2000002 .154
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
   a- Taylor Green, PH-3B1113000 .231
Totals32811846  
a-homered for Veras in the 8th
Batting
2B - Norichika Aoki 2 (7, Maholm, R. Wells), Ryan Braun (10, Maholm), Cody Ransom (6, Maholm)
HR - Taylor Green (1, Marmol)
SF - Corey Hart (2)
SH - Zack Greinke (2)
RBI - Ryan Braun (37), Corey Hart (25), Cody Ransom (19), Brooks Conrad 2 (6), Taylor Green 3 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Cody Ransom (5), Brooks Conrad 2 (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Maldonado-Ransom, Maysonet-Ransom-Kottaras
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke (W,7-2) 72002120 3.13
Jose Veras 1100020 4.33
Juan Perez 1000110 5.14
WP - Zack Greinke (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 109-68, Jose Veras 16-11, Juan Perez 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 6-3, Jose Veras 1-0, Juan Perez 1-0
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 25, Jose Veras 4, Juan Perez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27112
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Laz Diaz