The Chicago Cubs couldn't take advantage of a solid pitching performance from starter Ryan Dempster, losing 2-1 to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday afternoon. As well as Dempster pitched, Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo pitched even better, giving up just one run over seven innings.
Dempster had a solid outing, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks over 6.2 innings, but the offense couldn't give him much support. Gallardo had his full array of pitches working on Wednesday, as the Cubs could muster just six hits against him and Milwaukee's two relievers, set-up man Francisco Rodriguez and closer John Axford.
Through the first six innings, Dempster was in the midst of a beauty, shutting out Milwaukee through those first six frames. But in the seventh, he made one bad mistake that he couldn't take back, giving up a two-run shot to Brewers catcher George Kottaras that would ultimately prove to be the game-winner.
The Cubs' bullpen pitched well in relief of Dempster, but the offense couldn't quite make a rally. David DeJesus had a solid day with a double and a walk, plus Ian Stewart had two hits, but most of the offense just couldn't get much done.
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