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Cubs Wed Aug 04 2010

Cubs End 7-Game Losing Streak; Bash Brewers 15-3

The Cubs broke out the big lumber this afternoon as they avoided a potential sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers. Four home runs powered the Cubs to a 15-3 victory over the Brew Crew. They were down 3-1 as late as the bottom of the sixth before the offense awoke from its slumber. With two outs and 0-2 count newcomer Blake DeWitt drove in the tying run and Jeff Baker knocked in the go-ahead run.

However, it would be Aramis Ramirez's three-run pinch hit home run that broke it wide open. The Cubs weren't done there. Geovany Soto would hit a three-run homer in the seventh to make it a 10-3 lead. DeWitt would also hit a three-run homer of his own in the bottom of the eighth.

The offensive outburst was good enough to earn Ryan Dempster his ninth win of the season. Dempster pitched six innings gave up three hits, struck out five and three runs, none of which were earned due to a fielding error by Jeff Baker. Carlos Zambrano and company did their jobs to keep it a blow out.

It became evident during this seven game slide that the Cubs are not going to turn this one around and contend despite coming out the All-Star game and up ending the Phillies and Cardinals. Losing two out of three to the Astros, being swept by the Rockies and as well as losing two out of three to the Brewers isn't going to cut it.

They could've easily taken two out of three from the Astros and Brewers, but they didn't and that is why the Cubs are where they are. Now begins playing out the stretch, bringing up rookies and at least trying to finish .500 or above. For that last part to happen it is going to take an awful lot with the way they've played all year.

The Cubs won't be facing the Milwaukee's and the Houston's of the world. Unfortunately they will be facing the best the National League has to offer including the Giants, Cardinals, Braves and Reds. They can certainly play spoiler from here on out which would be nice to see. They can start the role on Friday as the Reds come to town for a weekend series.

Tom Gorzelanny (6-5, 3.48 ERA) will take on the Reds Bronson Arroyo (11-6, 4.01 ERA). Game time is 1:20 p.m. CT. The game can be seen on Comcast Sports Net and as always heard on WGN Radio 720 AM.

 
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