The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs 15-4 in the first game of their three-game series. With a two-run lead going into the ninth inning, Milwaukee opened the flood gates and scored nine runs to secure the victory.
Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez, and Corey Hart hit the Brewers first back-to-back-to-back home runs for the first time in more than half a decade. None of the three batters struck out once in 16 plate appearances. Milwaukee piled on 21 hits and 15 runs to beat Chicago with authority.
Starter Marco Estrada recorded his second win of the season, both of which have come against the Cubs. Also, two Brewers recorded four hits as Braun and Carlos Gomez combined for eight hits, six RBI, and six runs.
The following is the Brewers lineup against the Cubs for Tuesday night:
Right Field: Norichika Aoki
Second Base: Rickie Weeks
Left Field: Ryan Braun
Third Base: Aramis Ramirez
First Base: Corey Hart
Catcher: Martin Maldonado
Center Field: Carlos Gomez
Shortstop: Jeff Bianchi
Pitcher: Yovani Gallardo
Jeff Bianchi gets the nod tonight at shortstop, as he will be making his 12th appearance in a Brewers uniform. Bianchi has not been very productive in his 19 at-bats as he is still searching for his first home run, triple, and run scored while he has only registered four hits. However, there is a first for everything so maybe tonight is when he records all three.
Ramirez looks to have another big night at Wrigley Field after smashing two home runs in Monday’s game. He also went 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs.
Yovani Gallardo gets the start for Milwaukee and hopes to continue the great success he has had over the last month. Gallardo is 5-0 with a 2.02 ERA since Zack Greinke was traded on July 27. He has also pitched at least seven innings in his last five outings.