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Rookie prevails
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Brewers 3, Cubs 2
Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder have some fun after Fielder's two-run homer. (Morry Gash/AP)
Rookie Chris Narveson continued to reward the Brewers for his rotation opportunity, going a career-high 5 2/3 innings and fanning a career-high 10 as Milwaukee avoided the sweep. Prince Fielder hit his 42nd homer of the season, a two-run shot, and Jody Gerut added a solo shot.
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Series at a glance:
CHC
Chi Cubs (78-73)
Lost 1
Milwaukee 3, Chi Cubs 2   MIL
Milwaukee (75-77)
Won 1
September 23, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Chi Cubs
0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0   2 7 0
Milwaukee
0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 X   3 5 0
Standings thru 9/23/09  |  Recap: CHC | MIL  |  Gameday  |  Cubs stats  |  Brewers stats
Chi Cubs AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Theriot, SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .286
Colvin, CF 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .200
Lee, D, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .308
Ramirez, Ar, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .322
Fox, LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .274
Baker, J, 2B 4 1 2 0 0 2 0 .302
  1-Fuld, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .260
Johnson, R, RF 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .255
  a-Scales, PH-RF 2 0 1 1 0 1 1 .252
Soto, C 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .219
Samardzija, P 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 .200
  Marshall, S, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231
  Berg, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Fontenot, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .242
  Stevens, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Grabow, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 33 2 7 2 1 11 13  

a-Doubled for Johnson, R in the 7th. b-Grounded out for Berg in the 7th.
1-Ran for Baker, J in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Johnson, R (8, Narveson), Scales (8, Weathers).
HR: Samardzija (1, 6th inning off Narveson, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Samardzija 4; Scales 2; Baker, J 2; Soto; Theriot; Johnson, R 2.
RBI: Samardzija (1), Scales (14).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Colvin 2; Fox; Theriot.
SAC: Samardzija.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Theriot (21, 2nd base off Coffey/Kendall).

 
Milwaukee AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Lopez, F, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .309
Gerut, RF 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 .237
Braun, LF 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .315
Fielder, 1B 3 1 1 2 0 1 1 .297
McGehee, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 .302
Cameron, CF 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .251
Kendall, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .237
Escobar, A, SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .297
Narveson, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
  Coffey, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Weathers, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Catalanotto, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .280
  Vargas, C, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Hoffman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 28 3 5 3 1 7 5  

a-Flied out for Weathers in the 7th.

BATTING
HR: Fielder (42, 4th inning off Samardzija, 1 on, 0 out), Gerut (9, 6th inning off Samardzija, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Braun 2; Gerut 4; Escobar, A; Fielder 4.
RBI: Fielder 2 (131), Gerut (34).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gerut; Cameron.
SAC: Narveson.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
SB: Braun (16, 3rd base off Berg/Soto).

 
Chi Cubs IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Samardzija (L, 1-3) 5.0 5 3 3 1 3 2 7.53
Marshall, S 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.39
Berg 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Stevens 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.68
Grabow 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.10
 
Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Narveson (W, 2-0) 5.2 4 1 1 0 10 1 3.82
Coffey (H, 26) 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.00
Weathers (H, 20) 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 3.49
Vargas, C (H, 10) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.93
Hoffman (S, 35) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.84

Samardzija pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.

Game Scores: Samardzija 47, Narveson 67.
Balk: Berg.
Pitches-strikes: Samardzija 82-54, Marshall, S 6-4, Berg 9-7, Stevens 15-10, Grabow 12-8, Narveson 70-54, Coffey 11-6, Weathers 19-14, Vargas, C 5-4, Hoffman 14-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Samardzija 8-2, Marshall, S 0-0, Berg 0-0, Stevens 1-2, Grabow 1-1, Narveson 4-2, Coffey 1-0, Weathers 2-0, Vargas, C 2-1, Hoffman 1-0.
Batters faced: Samardzija 21, Marshall, S 1, Berg 2, Stevens 3, Grabow 3, Narveson 21, Coffey 2, Weathers 5, Vargas, C 3, Hoffman 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Marshall, S 1-0, Berg 1-0, Coffey 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Tony Randazzo. 1B: Chris Guccione. 2B: Brian Runge. 3B: Jerry Layne.
Weather: 70 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, L to R.
T: 2:25.
Att: 32,340.
Venue: Miller Park.
September 23, 2009
September 23, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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