Game 18: Cubs Sweep

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W: Randy Wells (2-0)
L: Dave Bush (1-1)

CHC HR: Kosuke Fukudome (3), Tyler Colvin (3), Geovany Soto (2), Derrek Lee (4)
MIL HR: None

The season is filled with peaks and valleys.  The Brewers were at a peak following their 20-0 drubbing of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Now they’re in one of their deepest valleys after getting swept at home by the Chicago Cubs.

The big news of the day came before the game — Jeff Suppan is (finally) being removed from the rotation, and Chris Narveson will move into the 5th starter spot.  Dave Bush responded by getting shelled worse than Suppan did in the series opener, giving up more home runs (4) than he had innings pitched (3.2).  It was a hard way to regress back to the mean after he was the Brewers’ best starter through the first three turns through the rotation. 

Randy Wells, meanwhile, shut down the Brewers’ offense, allowing just two runs in 7 innings.  After outscoring the Pirates 36-1 in the previous series, the Brewers were outscored 25-4 in this series.  Like I said in last night’s recap, I’m sure a lot of people will make a big deal out of the offense’s struggles since the 20-run output, but all we really learned about the offense in this series is that the trio of Ryan Dempster, Ted Lilly, and Randy Wells is a lot better than the trio of Charlie Morton, Zach Duke, and Dan McCutchen.

As I said last night: Getting swept stinks, getting swept by the Cubs stinks even worse, but getting swept by the Cubs at home after everyone sold their good seats to Cubs fans flat out sucks.

It was a frustrating series, but the Brewers just got outplayed in every facet of the game.  The only thing they can do is suck it up and get ready to play a Pirates team that will be motivated to prove that they’re not as bad as they looked last week.

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