Fourth inning grand slam
Randy Wells' low point today
Cubs settle for split
Randy Wells had control problems today, walking two in the first (but escaping after giving up just one run) and then giving up two more walks in the fourth. With a single sandwiched between those last walks, the bases were loaded for Jody Gerut who hit his second career grand slam to give the Brewers a 5-2 lead.
The Cubs climbed back to within one run on a Micah Hoffpauir double in the bottom of the 4th but never really recovered, managing only one hit in the last five innings. Now it's on to St. Louis for a series that is only meaningful for bragging rights, and a chance for the Cubs to make a dent in the Cardinals' chances for home field advantage in the playoffs.
When I looked at the schedule in March it seemed likely that the 10 days starting on September 14th (7 games against the Brewers and 3 games against the Cardinals) would be key to determining the winner of the Central Division. Sadly, things turned out quite differently.