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Cubs beat Brewers 12-11 in a wild one

Aug 30, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

Alfonso Soriano

The Brewers got seven RBI from Jonathan Lucroy and a career-high five hits from Rickie Weeks on Thursday. What they didn’t get was a victory, as Milwaukee pitchers walked 11 batters and blew leads of 9-3 in the sixth and 11-9 in the ninth in a 12-11 loss to the Cubs.

The latest huge letdown from the Milwaukee pen came on a day in which closer John Axford was unavailable. Francisco Rodriguez gave up three runs in the ninth to take his seventh blown save and seventh loss.

Lucroy, incredibly, delivered his second seven-RBI game of the season in a losing cause. He had a grand slam off Cubs starter Brooks Riley and three hits in all. Lucroy is the 24th player since 1918 to amass two seven-RBI games in a season, joining such luminaries as Lou Gehrig (3 times in 1930 and twice in 1934), Babe Ruth (1929), Jimmie Foxx (1933 and ’38) and Ralph Kiner (1950 and ’51). Ben Zobrist was the last to do it in 2011. Before him, it was done by Derrek Lee in 2009 and Cody Ross in 2006.

Lucroy was the fourth player in the last five years to drive in seven runs in a losing cause, joining Kansas City’s Jose Guillen (2008 against NYY), Minnesota’s Justin Morneau (2009 against Oakland) and Philadelphia’s Carlos Ruiz (2012 against Atlanta). He’s the first player in Brewers history to pull it off.

The Cubs won the game without the benefit of a homer. They did have six doubles, two each from David DeJesus, Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson, and a triple from Starlin Castro. Alfonso Soriano delivered the game-winner in the ninth.

Riley was let off the hook after allowing seven runs and 10 hits in four innings. He’s expected to be shut down for the rest of the season, leaving him with an 8.14 ERA in five starts as a rookie. Brewers starter Shaun Marcum returned from the DL only to leave with a calf injury after allowing three runs in four innings.

  1. windycity0301 - Aug 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Not that it matters much, but the Cubs starter was Brooks Raley, not “Riley”

  2. brewcrewchamps - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    I’m really surprised.

  3. mjames1229 - Aug 31, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Good old K-Rod. Second opportunity of the season to increase his trade value, and he sucks the tailpipe both times.

    I would not be surprised (though I don’t expect it) if the Brewers just release Rodriguez today and let anyone else fight for him. The Brewers can’t give him the ball any more.

    And a word of warning to all you GMs out there. Remember back in December, Rodriguez was only tendered to increase compensation when he was expected to leave as a free agent. Backfire.

    • nightman13 - Aug 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      All I can think of is Doug Melvin looking like Wile E. Coyote holding what he thought was a candle but ended up being dynamite.

  4. jon623 - Sep 1, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    It’s interesting to note that, until Cody Ross in 2006, 7 RBI games were only achieved by all time greats, and many years earlier. Look at those names – Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Ralph Kiner… and it hadn’t been done since Kiner in ’50 and ’51. Now, we have had four players in the last six years accomplish this achievement, and none are putting together anywhere close to HOF careers.

    No, I’m not going on some rant about how the integrity of baseball is ruined, and I’m certainly not stating any relation to PED’s. It’s just an oddity of the game that can’t be ignored – that it appears more players are popping up with outstanding nights in what is otherwise mundane individual season performances.

    Hmm.

    • jon623 - Sep 1, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      I’m sorry, in the first sentence, I meant to say “two 7-RBI-games in one season was only…” Whoops.

      This site needs an edit function.

      Although, then I guess people could erase the boneheaded comments they make after getting railed by the rest of the baseball community…. so nevermind. Carry on.

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