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Dempster pitches Cubs to win over Brewers

Apr 3, 2008 - 11:02 PM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- For awhile, it appeared Ryan Dempster would struggle to get out of the first inning in his first start in nearly three years.

But Dempster settled down to pitch six solid innings Thursday as the Chicago Cubs avoided a season-opening sweep with a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cubs' closer for the past three seasons, Dempster walked Richie Weeks and gave up a double to Tony Gwynn Jr. before getting an out in his first start since May 4, 2005.

The Brewers grabbed the lead on Prince Fielder's sacrifice fly, and a second run scored on right fielder Kosuke Fukudome's throwing error.

However, Dempster dominated thereafter, only yielding a pair of harmless singles.

"It felt good," said Dempster, who started earlier in his career with the Florida Marlins and Cincinnati Reds. "I felt prepared physically and mentally. It's just one start, but I like the way I'm throwing the ball."

Alfonso Soriano, Chicago's leadoff hitter last season, was back in the No. 1 spot - and it seemed to spark the Cubs' offense. Aramis Ramirez recorded his first hit of the season - a solo home run that gave Chicago a 4-2 lead in the fourth.

"I wasn't satisfied with two out of three," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "We wanted three out of three. But it's not a bad start."

The Cubs also took advantage of the wildness of Brewers starter Dave Bush (0-1), who was tagged for six runs and six hits 5 1/3 innings. Bush also walked five.

After tying the game in the second on Mark DeRosa's RBI single and Geovany Soto's sacrifice fly, the Cubs snapped the tie in the fourth without getting the ball out of the infield.

Bush hit a batter and walked three others in the inning, including Soriano with the bases loaded.

"I saw my pitches and felt comfortable at home plate," said Soriano, who was 0-for-9 in the Cubs' first two games. "I was more selective at home plate and made adjustments."

"I had a hard time throwing strikes, keeping the ball in the zone," Bush added. "I definitely had some control trouble there (in the fourth). I did limit the damage."

The Cubs extended their lead to 6-2 in the sixth on Soriano's RBI single and Ryan Theriot's run-scoring double.

Kerry Wood, Chicago's new closer, tossed a scoreless ninth for his first career save. Wood rebounded from a rough outing in Monday's season opener when he surrendered three runs, though not without a few anxious moments.

After getting the first two outs, Wood gave up a single to Craig Counsell, then fell behind to Weeks 3-0. But he came back to strike out Weeks looking to close out the Cubs' first win of the season.

Once a dominant starter for the Cubs, Wood is trying to revive a career that has hampered by numerous arm ailments.

"It's been a long road," Wood said. "Obviously, it's not going to work out every time, but you want it to work out more times than not. I try to get comfortable in the role I'm in and get a routine down."

Carlos Marmol tossed two innings in relief of Dempster, giving up an RBI single to Fielder in the eighth on a cool 50-degree day.

"It was a good game for all of us," Ramirez said. "Dempster, Marmol, Woody all pitched great. It was really nice to get my first hit. Anytime you hit a line drive in this weather, you know you have a chance of hitting the ball out."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MILWAUKEE 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 6 0
    CHICAGO CUBS 0 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 x 6 7 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: MIL - DAVE BUSH, SETH MCCLUNG (6TH), DERRICK TURNBOW (8TH) AND JASON
    KENDALL
    CHN - RYAN DEMPSTER, CARLOS MARMOL (7TH), KERRY WOOD
    (9TH) AND GEOVANY SOTO

    HOME RUN

    Apr 3 5:12 PM
  • Pasta2000 Looks like the Sweep won't happen, but 2 of 3 from the Cubs in their house I will take anytime.

    Brewers 3, Cubs 6  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 3 4:47 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PRINCE FIELDER SCORED RICKIE WEEKS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P FIELDER ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 3
    CHICAGO CUBS 6 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: R BRAUN (.308, 0-FOR-3)

    Brewers 3, Cubs 6  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 3 4:44 PM
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    Brewers 2, Cubs 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 3 4:18 PM
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    Brewers 2, Cubs 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 3 4:17 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RYAN THERIOT SCORED ALFONSO SORIANO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R THERIOT ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 6 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: D LEE (.250, 0-FOR-3)

    Brewers 2, Cubs 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 3 4:14 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALFONSO SORIANO SCORED MIKE FONTENOT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A SORIANO ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 5 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: R THERIOT (.167, 0-FOR-3)

    Brewers 2, Cubs 5  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 3 4:11 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ARAMIS RAMIREZ (1) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF DAVE BUSH.
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 2, CHICAGO CUBS 4
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: K FUKUDOME (.571, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Brewers 2, Cubs 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 3 3:51 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO ALFONSO SORIANO SCORED KOSUKE
    FUKUDOME.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A SORIANO ON FIRST, G SOTO ON SECOND, M
    DEROSA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 3 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: R THERIOT (.182, 0-FOR-2)

    Brewers 2, Cubs 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 3 3:36 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY GEOVANY SOTO SCORED KOSUKE FUKUDOME.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M DEROSA ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: F PIE (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Brewers 2, Cubs 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 3 2:53 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK DEROSA SCORED ARAMIS RAMIREZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M DEROSA ON FIRST, K FUKUDOME ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: G SOTO (.167, 1 HR, 1 RBI)

    Brewers 2, Cubs 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 3 2:52 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    MILWAUKEE 2 2 1 0
    CHICAGO CUBS 0 0 1 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: MIL - DAVE BUSH
    CHN - RYAN DEMPSTER

    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: A SORIANO (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    R THERIOT (.222, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    D LEE (.333, 1 HR, 1 RBI)

    Brewers 2, Cubs 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 3 2:32 PM
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