9/8 Brewers 3, Cubs 1

Scott Baker’s rebuilt right elbow was good enough to shut down Major League hitters for five innings, even if he didn’t overpower anyone. The Cubs just couldn’t get him the win. Pinch-hitter Jeff Bianchi hit a two-run single and Yovani Gallardo added a RBI single, both in the seventh, to spark the Brewers to a 3-1 win Sunday over the Cubs. It was their 21st loss in the last 28 home games.

Baker, 31, was making his first start one year and one month after his last, Aug. 8, 2011. He underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on April 17, 2012, and signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract in the offseason with the Cubs. This season, he made eight rehab starts at Class A Kane County and Daytona combined before joining the big league team.

Baker was lifted after throwing 55 pitches over five innings, walking one and striking out one. He hit 90 mph on the radar gun on two pitches in the first. What’s next for the right-hander? The Cubs want to see how he feels Monday.

“We’ll see how it all works out,” Dale Sveum said.

Junior Lake, who hit a grand slam Friday, led off the Chicago fifth with his sixth home run off a 2-1 pitch from Yovani Gallardo. But the Brewers rallied in the seventh. Aramis Ramirez doubled with one out against Justin Grimm and Carlos Gomez singled. James Russell replaced Grimm, and pinch-hitter Jeff Bianchi greeted the lefty with a single to score both runners. One out later, Gallardo hit a RBI single for a 3-1 lead.

It was the 26th blown save this season for the Cubs, three shy of the club single-season record of 29 set in 2000. Gallardo struck out six over seven innings to improve to 8-3 against the Cubs with the win.

— Carrie Muskat


Sometimes you just have too many pitcher’s. The facet is that Grimm was the acquired Texas pitcher, couldn’t hold the one run lead and a cold Russell shows up on the mound and Bingo! we’re behind. Looked like scene from Bad News Bears.

Nice to see Baker back! Good outing. 3 hits – pretty sad and bad. Seems to be getting worse every game. Is our hitting coach still in town?

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