MILWAUKEE(AP) Brewers manager
took two painkillers after enduring nearly 4 1/2 hours of walks followed by one unusual delay. He wasn't sure how many his
hit back-to-back homers and the
scored six times in the seventh inning before the lights went out in a 12-6 win over the injury-depleted
on Saturday night.
''I took two Advil before I came in here. I'm serious about the Advil, I am,'' Macha said. ''We got nine walks, a hit-by-pitch,
they got seven walks and a hit-by-pitch. Tough game, I don't know how many Advil Lou took, but I took two.''
It was Braun's second homer in as many days and came after Counsell hit his first since June 17 and 36th of his career off
(2-2). The consecutive shots helped the Brewers break open a tight game and earn their 14th win in 18 games, the best mark
in baseball over that stretch.
''I was a little worried it was going to go foul,'' Counsell said. ''I thought it had enough but I thought it might go foul.''
The game was stopped for 20 minutes in the eighth inning after more than half the lights went out at Miller Park. Chicago
scored three times to cut Milwaukee's lead to 9-5 and reliever
had just finished warming up when the field became dark.
''That was kind of strange there, but, I don't know, it seems like the fans liked it,'' Cubs second baseman
hit an RBI double when play resumed but Coffey struck out
to end the inning.
The Brewers responded with three runs in the bottom half to put the game away. Cubs relievers
, who hurt his elbow facing his second batter, and
combined for four straight walks to force home the first run.
added an RBI single and
hit a sacrifice fly.
''I'll tell you what, it's not fun watching your bullpen go through that,'' Piniella said.
With one out in the seventh, Counsell drove a pitch over the shortest part of the right-field wall to give the Brewers a 4-2
lead. Braun then hit a drive to left for his eighth homer.
''If there's anybody that was more excited than him it's me, got to get that one out of the way first,'' said Kendall, who
has yet to go deep this season and has only 73 career home runs himself. ''We count our (batting practice) shots, our warning
track shots, we count everything. All the other guys are hitting 20, 30 home runs, me and Counsell count our BP home runs
and those aren't that many either.''
Braun, who scored three times and declined to talk afterward, is hitting .442 with seven homers and 23 RBIs since April 21.
''Pretty amazing, his plate discipline, the ball jumps off his bat, he's going to be a good one for a long time,'' Kendall
Dempster departed after Braun's hit and Milwaukee made it 9-2 on RBI singles by
, Kendall and
and a wild pitch by
(4-1) labored through five innings for Milwaukee, allowing two runs and five hits. He struck out eight and issued a career-high
The Cubs left 12 runners on base and have stranded 16 in losing the first two games of the series. They also could be without
their top two RBI threats for some time.
is out indefinitely after he dislocated his left shoulder on Friday night and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.
was out for his fourth straight game with neck spasms.
''We had chances, we had chances,'' Piniella said. ''One of these days we'll start hitting with men on base and make things
a whole lot easier on us.''
Hoffpauir hit a two-run homer in the fifth and
doubled in two runs in the eighth.
Notes: A power outage at Miller Park on June 15, 2001, caused a game to be postponed. ... The Cubs said Fox suffered a significant
elbow injury and will be placed on the DL on Sunday. ... Ramirez will be in a sling for a week and will not do any baseball
activities for three weeks after that, but isn't expected to need surgery. ... Lee is scheduled to have tests on Monday in
Chicago. ... Brewers C
(ankle) threw, hit and ran on Saturday. He's expected to go on a rehab assignment to start next week and could be activated
on Thursday. ... Kendall had three singles and is four hits from 2,000.