Brewers 6, Cubs 5

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hero: Aramis Ramirez (3-for-5, 3 RBI) doubled three times off Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo. Six of the Cubs' 11 hits Sunday were doubles.

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Brewers 6, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hero: Marcos Mateo struck out two during a 1-2-3 seventh and was the only Cubs pitcher to retire Prince Fielder.

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A Contrarian View of the NL Central

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, March 31, 2011

I remember fondly throughout my childhood the February day in which my father would bring home a stack of baseball preview magazines.

I would devour those things and have continued the practice into adulthood. All of that reading material has helped me get through those final few weeks without baseball, but I learned long ago that such publications should not be believed as gospel.

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Glass is Half-Empty, Glass is Half-Full

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, December 11, 2010

Consider me among those who has been underwhelmed by the Cubs' offseason activity up to this point, but it seems that every piece of less-than-exciting news has been surrounded by a silver lining.

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Aisle 233, Row 9, Seat 10

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, September 25, 2010

"Sucker," is not stamped on my forehead, but Tuesday night I attended the first of three games I have tickets for at Wrigley Field this week.

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Cubs 4, Brewers 0

By Chris Rewers on Friday, September 10, 2010

Hero: Carlos Zambrano (8-6) once was again was spectacular, allowing just three hits - singles by Jonathan Lucroy in the third, Prince Fielder in the fourth, and Ryan Braun in the ninth - over 8 2/3 innings while striking out nine and walking three. Zambrano retired 14 in a row before Braun singled with two outs in the ninth. Big Z is 5-0 with a 1.60 ERA in seven outings since rejoining the starting rotation on Aug. 9. He also went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .273 and drove in his sixth run of the season.

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Brewers 4, Cubs 3

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hero: Thomas Diamond (0-1) became the second Cubs pitcher since 1920 to strike out 10 batters in his major league debut. Mark Prior was the other, on May 22, 2002.

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Brewers 3, Cubs 2

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hero: Ted Lilly was spectacular for most of the night, surrendering just four hits over eight innings while walking none and striking out eight. But Lilly made one critical mistake. After his offense finally staked him a run in the top of the eighth, Lilly promptly coughed it up as National League home run leader Corey Hart crushed a hanging sinker over the left-field fence to lead off the bottom of the eighth. It was Hart's 15th round-tripper of the season.

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