National League Game Summary - Chicago at Milwaukee
(Wednesday, July 27th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 2, Chicago 0
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Zack Greinke pitched 6 2/3 shutout frames and
John Axford set a new club record for consecutive saves, as Milwaukee's
hurlers shined in a 2-0 victory over Chicago in the middle portion of a three-
Greinke (8-4) scattered three hits and three walks with nine strikeouts, while
Axford mowed down the Cubs in order for his 29th save of the season and 26th
straight, a new club record that surpasses Doug Jones' 25 straight saves
during the 1997 season.
Prince Fielder clubbed a solo home run and Casey McGehee recorded two hits for
the Brewers, who continue to win at home with Greinke on the mound. The right-
hander improved to 6-0 in eight home starts this season.
The Brewers moved into first place in the NL Central, a half-game ahead of St.
Louis. The win didn't come without a price.
All-Star second baseman Rickie Weeks left the contest in the second inning
after injuring his left ankle running to first base. He was helped off the
field and taken to an area hospital for tests.
"It's a sprained ankle. We are having an MRI done on it. I talked to the
doctor and he is going to take a look at the film and see where we are at. It
is going to be for a while," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "You win a
great ball game, but get bad news. That hurts."
Weeks legged out an infield hit, appearing to twist his ankle while landing on
first base. He fell to the ground and received immediate assistance.
Carlos Zambrano (7-6) was the hard-luck loser, giving up two runs on six hits
with three strikeouts and two walks over 6 2/3 frames. His one big mistake
came against Fielder, who took the right-hander deep for the second time this
"His velocity was excellent. They just got the deuce on him in the second
inning," said Chicago manager Mike Quade.
Milwaukee scored the game's only runs in the second frame. Fielder crushed a
homer to left before Weeks legged out an infield hit, and subsequently injured
his left ankle. Pinch-runner Craig Counsell went to third on McGehee's double
down the left-field line and scored on Yuniesky Betancourt's sacrifice fly.
The Cubs put runners at first and second with two outs in the fourth, but
Geovany Soto was called out on strikes to end the threat. Kosuke Fukodome
singled with one out in the eighth, but never moved after two lazy fly outs
ended the frame.
Greinke won for the first time in six starts. The right-hander fared far
better than he did against the Cubs on June 16, when he gave up eight runs --
six earned -- over 5 1/3 frames to take the loss...Chicago scored two runs in
the first inning of Tuesday's series opener, but hasn't managed to score
another in the last 17 frames...Milwaukee has won five-of-nine meetings with
the Cubs this season...Zambrano had posted a 7-0 mark in his previous eight
starts at Miller Park, including a 2008 no-hitter against the Astros when
Houston played two games in Milwaukee due to Hurricane Ike...Fielder is the
only player in the majors to start every game this season...Milwaukee shipped
catcher Wil Nieves to Atlanta for cash.
07/27 23:53:20 ET
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