Aramis Ramirez returned to Wrigley Field with vengeance on Monday night. The once long-time Cubs’ corner man slugged a pair of RBIs fronting his Brewers in a 7-5 win over the Cubs.
The Cubs rotation got its first glimpse of mediocrity with No. 4 man Chris Volstad on the mound. The former Marlin brought an ended to the Cubs streak of quality starts hurling a performance that saw the first year Cub give up three runs on five hits over just five innings.
On the other side, the Cubs put an end to their home run drought with Darwin Barney and Bryan LaHair producing the team’s first two long-balls.
An error by part of Ramirez gave life to a late inning Cub rally in the ninth, but it would prove to be only a threat.
Holding a four run lead, the bases were loaded for Starlin Castro. With the tying run aboard on second, Castro struck out looking on three pitches, putting end to his streak of 43 consecutive games of reaching base safely and the Cubs winning hopes.
Shawn Camp was called on in relief in the fifth for the struggling Volstad. Giving up two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh, Camp took the loss and furthered the Cubs bullpen blues sealing the units third loss and raising its earned-run average to 10.39.
The Brewers were boosted to victory on a Rickie Weeks game-knotting, leadoff homer to lock the score at two 2-2 in the third.
Additional runs in the fourth and eighth earned on a Alex Gonzalez double followed by a Marcum suicide squeeze allowed the Brewers to draw first-blood in the four-game rivalry series.