After dropping a 13-inning thriller to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, the Chicago Cubs came out with a flat performance on Saturday and fell 8-2 at Miller Park. The Cubs will look back at the 6th inning as when the game got away, as the Brewers scored five runs to break open a 1-1 tie.
The Cubs had no answer for Shaun Marcum, who cruised through seven innings, allowing only one earned run and striking out six batters. Chris Volstad pitched well for the Cubs through the first five innings, but fell apart in the sixth. Volstad allowed nine hits and six earned runs in the loss.
It was the bat of Edwin Maysonet that changed this game, as his grand slam in the sixth gave the Brewers a comfortable lead that they would never relinquish. Tony Campana was the only Cub to have success at the plate, driving in a run and hitting 2/4.
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