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Cubs' six-run first inning dooms Brewers

May 1, 2008 - 5:24 AM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- A middle-of-the pack offense led to the Chicago Cubs' short stay in the playoffs in 2007. After one month this season, they will be looking down on the rest of the majors when it comes to scoring runs.

Geovany Soto belted two three-run homers on Wednesday, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 19-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Chicago, which finished 18th in the majors last season with 752 runs scored, managed only six during a three-game sweep against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2007 National League Division Series.

Finding offense has been much less of a struggle this season, as the Cubs' 171 runs through the end of April leads the majors.

"Everyone on the team swung it tonight," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "It's good to see. It's been a good offensive month. At the end of the road trip, I thought we were a little tired. (Since) the day off here at home, we've been swinging the bats again."

The 19-run outburst on Wednesday was the most the Cubs have scored since posting 20 against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 5, 2001.

After striking out in eight straight at-bats prior to Tuesday's 10-7 loss to the Brewers, Soto has struck out once in the last two games, putting together consecutive two-hit games.

"You still got to keep it positive," Soto said. "It's still early in the year. You try to go in the cage, work and every day with a smile on your face do your best."

Soto hammered his first three-run blast off Brewers starter Jeff Suppan (1-1) to cap a six-run first inning, which also featured an RBI double by Derrek Lee and a two-run double by Aramis Ramirez.

The Cubs added five more runs in the fourth to provide a 12-1 cushion for starter Ryan Dempster (4-0), who allowed three runs and four hits with five walks over six frames.

"Tonight was a night where he had a comfortable lead, threw strikes, you go deeper in the ballgame," Piniella said. "He's started out 4-0 for us, pitched well in every ballgame and given us a chance to win every game."

"I was a little bit upset with myself, with the walks tonight," Dempster said. "The first few innings, I had a good rhythm. When your offense gives you six runs in the first inning, you need to go deep into the game."

Suppan, meanwhile, surrendered 11 runs - eight earned - and 11 hits over just 3 2/3 innings.

"It was a tough game," Suppan said. "The Cubs were on the attack and I kept missing down the middle. I tried to keep us in the game and I did not do that."

Brian Shouse relieved the righthander with two out in the fourth but fared no better against Soto, who belted the second pitch he saw in the at-bat into the seats in left-center for his second three-run blast of the contest and a 12-1 lead.

"I did have one two-homer game in Double-A, but I didn't have six RBI," Soto said. "This game was the most impressive in a long time. I see the ball good here. It's not really the ballpark (though). I just try to make adjustments and work on my stroke every day."

Milwaukee plated two more runs in the fifth and seventh, sandwiching a sixth-inning run by the Cubs, to move within 13-5.

However, baseball's most proficient offense batted around for the second time in the game in the eighth off reliever Derrick Turnbow, who allowed six runs and four hits with four walks while recording just two outs.






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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    MILWAUKEE 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 5 6 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 6 0 1 5 0 1 0 6 x 19 17 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: MIL - JEFF SUPPAN, BRIAN SHOUSE (4TH), SETH MCCLUNG (5TH), DERRICK
    TURNBOW (8TH), MITCH STETTER (8TH) AND JASON KENDALL
    CHN - RYAN DEMPSTER, BOBBY HOWRY (7TH), CARL

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    Brewers 5, Cubs 19  Top 9, 0 OutsApr 30 11:42 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DARYLE WARD SCORED RONNY CEDENO.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, D WARD ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5
    CHICAGO CUBS 19 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: H BLANCO (.333, 0-FOR-1)

    Brewers 5, Cubs 19  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 30 11:30 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RONNY CEDENO SCORED MATT MURTON, REED JOHNSON AND
    RYAN THERIOT.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, R CEDENO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5
    CHICAGO CUBS 18 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: D WARD (.056, 0-FOR-2)

    Brewers 5, Cubs 18  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 30 11:28 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO RYAN THERIOT SCORED MIKE FONTENOT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R THERIOT ON FIRST, R JOHNSON ON SECOND, M
    MURTON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5
    CHICAGO CUBS 15 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: R CEDENO (.364, 0-FOR-0, 2 BB)

    Brewers 5, Cubs 15  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 30 11:26 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MATT MURTON SCORED MARK DEROSA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M MURTON ON FIRST, M FONTENOT ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5
    CHICAGO CUBS 14 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: R JOHNSON (.296, 1-FOR-5)

    Brewers 5, Cubs 14  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 30 11:20 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MIKE RIVERA (1) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF BOBBY HOWRY SCORED RICKIE WEEKS.
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5, CHICAGO CUBS 13
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: S MCCLUNG (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Brewers 5, Cubs 13  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 30 10:46 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KOSUKE FUKUDOME SCORED RONNY CEDENO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K FUKUDOME ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 3
    CHICAGO CUBS 13 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: M DEROSA (.300, 2-FOR-2, BB, 2 RBI)

    Brewers 3, Cubs 13  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 30 10:25 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RYAN BRAUN SCORED JASON KENDALL AND RICKIE WEEKS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R BRAUN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 3
    CHICAGO CUBS 12 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: P FIELDER (.253, 1-FOR-2)

    Brewers 3, Cubs 12  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 30 9:59 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY GEOVANY SOTO (5) TO LEFT CENTER WITH
    2 OUT IN THE 4TH OFF BRIAN SHOUSE SCORED KOSUKE FUKUDOME AND MARK
    DEROSA.
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 1, CHICAGO CUBS 12
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: F PIE (.214, 0-FOR-2)

    Brewers 1, Cubs 12  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 30 9:47 PM
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    Brewers 1, Cubs 9  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 30 9:46 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK DEROSA SCORED DERREK LEE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M DEROSA ON FIRST, K FUKUDOME ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 9 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: G SOTO (.329, 1-FOR-2, HR, 3 RBI)

    Brewers 1, Cubs 9  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 30 9:44 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY BILL HALL ALLOWED RYAN THERIOT TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A RAMIREZ ON FIRST, D LEE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 8 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: K FUKUDOME (.323, 1-FOR-2)

    Brewers 1, Cubs 8  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 30 9:37 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK DEROSA SCORED KOSUKE FUKUDOME.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M DEROSA ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 7 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: G SOTO (.333, 1-FOR-1, HR, 3 RBI)

    Brewers 1, Cubs 7  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 30 9:15 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN BRAUN SCORED RICKIE WEEKS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R BRAUN ON FIRST, M CAMERON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 6 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: P FIELDER (.256, 1-FOR-1)

    Brewers 1, Cubs 6  Top 3, 0 OutsApr 30 9:06 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY GEOVANY SOTO (4) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 1ST OFF JEFF SUPPAN SCORED ARAMIS RAMIREZ AND MARK DEROSA.
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 0, CHICAGO CUBS 6
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: F PIE (.225, 1 HR, 7 RBI)

    Brewers 0, Cubs 6  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 30 8:33 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ARAMIS RAMIREZ SCORED RYAN THERIOT AND DERREK
    LEE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A RAMIREZ ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 0
    CHICAGO CUBS 3 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: K FUKUDOME (.319, 1 HR, 9 RBI)

    Brewers 0, Cubs 3  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 30 8:27 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DERREK LEE SCORED REED JOHNSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D LEE ON SECOND, R THERIOT ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 0
    CHICAGO CUBS 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: A RAMIREZ (.286, 6 HR, 19 RBI)

    Brewers 0, Cubs 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 30 8:25 PM
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