Cubs In Haiku: Brewers 9, Cubs 5

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Reed Johnson's three-run homer in the fifth brought the Cubs within one run, but they could never catch the Brewers on Wednesday night. (Tribune photo by Scott Strazzante)

Third win in a row
Continues to elude Cubs
The "streak" ends at two
The opening sentence of Carrie Muskat's report on the Cubs website says it all:
The Cubs still can't win three in a row
And I wonder what the Carlos Zambrano who ranted against the "Triple A" Cubs last week would think about Mike Quade making excuses for poor performances ... 
"We've knocked on this door a few times," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "I always feel like when we have one of the big three on the mound we have a shot."
Zambrano is definitely one of the big three. But since his "We stink" rant in St. Louis on June 5, when he criticized the team, he's 0-2 and has given up 12 runs on 16 hits over 12 1/3 innings. Quade pointed out that four of those runs came on a grand slam in the eighth in his last start against the Phillies when he was pushing Zambrano for one more inning to avoid overworking an already overworked bullpen.
"This is a pretty good club," Quade said of the Brewers. "It wasn't vintage 'Z.' A couple balls were hit hard, but I thought he threw the ball great. He should've been through four with one run. The fifth inning was a tough inning for him."
The Cubs play the Brewers once more on Thursday.  Matt Garza will face Zack Greinke as the north siders try to take the series.

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