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Bottom 9th

6:20 p.m.  1 Out
Milwaukee 4, Chicago 3
Gregg vs. Braun
I doubt Gregg would give him anything to hit. 

Braun does hit a slow roller to short, and Theriot went to the plate, and Weeks beat it out!!

6:18 p.m.  1 Out, Runners on 1st and 3rd
Gregg vs. Hart
A walk sets up Braunie to win it...or Gregg to go and intentionally walk him and get to Fielder.

6:16 p.m.  1 Out, Runner on 3rd
Gregg vs. Hart
A base hit can win it, Corey.  Never surrender!  (OK, I'll stop the song references.)

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A check swing helps distract the catcher, and Hill can't get the ball recovered.  Weeks' speed does the rest.

6:14 p.m.  1 Out, Runner on 2nd
Milwaukee 3, Chicago 3
Gregg vs. Weeks
Puhleez, just get on base, Rickie.  The chant of "Let's Go Brewers" gets going.

WEEKSIE!  A shot over Soriano's head and this game is tied!!!!!  Miller Park goes nuts.

6:12 p.m.  1 Out, Runner on 1st
Gregg vs. Chris Duffy
The double-switch brings him up in the ex-pitcher's spot, and an in-the-dirt pitch walks him.

6:10 p.m.  1 Out
Gregg vs. Kendall
Last shot...but if they can get two batters on base, things could REALLY set up well for the top 3 guys.  Not this time: Ramirez gets him from third.

Top 9th

6:08 p.m.   3 Out
Villlanueva vs. Lee
Chris Duffy in for defense, and Villanueva makes it easy - 1-2-3.  Why couldn't the previous innings have been easier?

6:06 p.m.  2 Out
Villanueva vs. Fukudome
Kosuke, say goodbye, as you went around on the third strike.

6:04 p.m.  1 Out
Carlos Villanueva vs. Soriano
A bouncer to 3rd as Hall corrals it and throws him out on the broken-bat attempt.

Bottom 8th

6:00 p.m.  3 Out
Kevin Gregg vs. Hall
Struck out swinging and...ugh...the inning ends.  Another wasted chance.

5:54 p.m.  2 Out, Runner on 2nd
Vizcaino vs. Cameron
Vizcaino takes a roller right back to the mound, and it's an easy out.  Fielder's in scoring position, though.  Another Pinella change.  He'll have 10 pitchers in today by the time it's done.

5:54 p.m.  1 Out, Runner on 1st
Luis Vizcaino vs. Hardy
Oh, the lovely pitching matchup games Pinella plays, righty vs. righty now. 

Liner to left...ugh.  Caught by Soriano.  That could have tied the game had Fielder gone the distance.

5:48 p.m.  Runner on 1st
Shawn Marshall vs. Fielder
A low pitch sends Fielder on a 90-foot walk, and the tying run would have to lumber 270 more feet.

Top 8th

5:44 p.m.  3 Out
Coffey vs. Aaron Miles
The former Cardinal pinch hitting for Marmol; "Hit to J.J., Rickie one, relay, YES!!!"  Lovely call, Ueck!

5:40 p.m.  1 Out, Runners on 1st and 3rd
Coffey vs. Hill
An inside 2-2 pitch hit him.  Now, the danger increases.  Frustration...

5:39 p.m.  1 Out, Runner on 3rd
Coffey vs. Theriot
Bouncer to Weeks is routine, but Fontenot is 90 feet away from insurance.

5:36 p.m.  Runner on 2nd
Todd Coffey vs. Fontenot
Stand-up leadoff doubles to start an 8th inning where the Cubs already are beating you really rankles me, and 45,455 others.

Bottom 7th

5:32 p.m.  3 Out
Marmol vs. Braun
Ryan is 0-5 career vs. Marmol; and it won't be until 7:00 p.m. until we find out if it's 0-6 because Marmol takes forever, stepping off the bag all the time.

It's 0-2 where Bradley takes a shallow fly to right.  Oh well.  Ugh.

5:28 p.m.  2 Out, Bases Loaded
Marmol vs. Hart
3-2 pitch, and the crowd on its feet: he walked him.  GREAT at bat, and Braunie's coming up...

5:26 p.m.  2 Out, Runners on 1st and 2nd
Carlos Marmol vs. Weeks
C 'mon, Weeksy...turn him into Marmolade!  Liner caught by Fontenot.  Right hit, wrong place.

5:22 p.m.  1 Out, Runners on 1st and 2nd
Neal Cotts vs. Counsell
Craig gets hit and it's now the go-ahead run on base.  Another Pinella situational pitching change.

5:16 p.m.  1 Out, Runner on 2nd
Heilman vs. Kendall
A bunt down the 1st base line, making it a great sacrifice.

5:11 p.m.  Runner on 1st
Aaron Heilman vs. Hall
Harden just went 6 innings, but his pitch count was near 100.

On a 1-2 count, Hall launched one into the upper deck, but just foul of the left field pole.

Then, he did NOT go around on the 3-2 count and Milwaukee's in business.

Top 7th

5:09 p.m.  3 Out
McClung vs. Ramirez
Backhanded liner to Weeks at 2nd and he made a SPECIAL spear to get it and put Ramirez out.  If he doesn't get that, it's at least 4-2.

5:05 p.m.  2 Out, Runners on 1st and 2nd
McClung vs. Bradley
An up-and-in fastball leads to a walk and two runners on base.  Ramirez up?  Yeeeesh.

5:03 p.m.  2 Out, Runner on 2nd
McClung vs. Lee
Grounder to Hardy and he not only gets the out, but keeps Fukudome on 2nd.

5:02 p.m.  1 Out, Runner on 2nd
McClung vs. Fukudome
Line drive down the left field line will turn to extra bases.  Come on, Seth...no letting this one get out of hand, please!

4:59 p.m.  1 Out
McClung vs. Soriano
45,455 show up today, a huge crowd.  Soriano a huge swing, and the huge crowd applauds the K.

Bottom 6th

4:57 p.m.  3 Out
Harden vs. Cameron
Now we start to worry.  Could Harden mow them down the whole way?  Cameron gets Bradley to backpedal and make the catch.

4:56 p.m.  2 Out
Harden vs. Hardy
"Harden is a hard thrower," said Ueck.  Obvious, but it really makes the alliteration tantalizing, except for Brewers fans.

An .067 average gets worse with an easy grounder to Fontenot.  Ugh.

4:53 p.m.  1 Out
Harden vs. Fielder
Now it could become a real struggle, because Harden has dominated since the Hart homer.  It could get even harder when Fielder is wearing sunglasses in the shade.  Harden blew his 10th strikeout past Fielder.

Top 6th

4:50 p.m.  3 Out
McClung vs. Harden
A strikeout, but the damage is done.  I like that fact you're hearing mainly boos, because the Cubs fans didn't infiltrate!

4:48 p.m.  2 Out
Chicago 3, Milwaukee 2
McClung vs. Hill
Long drive to Cameron's glove along the wall?  Nope.  It's a homer in the power alley.

4:47 p.m.  2 Out, Runner on 1st
McClung vs. Theriot
A soft line drive, Ueck says.  How can a soft hit be a line drive?  Anyway, it's a base hit.

4:45 p.m.  2 Out
McClung vs. Fontenot
A shot to right-center, deep toward Hart and about five steps from the track, Hart snags in the threatening fly ball.

4:44 p.m.  1 Out
Seth McClung vs. Ramirez
Looper is guaranteed not to lose, so can the bullpen get four innings without damage?  The shadows are making things hard for hitters to see.  Low-scoring baseball afficianados love this kind of condition.

Ramirez slaps a fly to center, and Cameron takes it easily.

Bottom 5th

4:41 p.m.  3 Out
Harden vs. Braun
Pohohohoppped it up (as Harry Caray) would say, to Fontenot.

4:38 p.m.  2 Out
Harden vs. Hart
"Home Run Hart" (at least, of last at bat) K's as well.  Number nine, number nine, number nine...turn me on, dead Brewers offense.  (Beatles White Album reference, if you don't know.)

4:37 p.m.  1 Out
Harden vs. Weeks
Swingandamiss strikeout...number 8 for Harden.

Top 5th

4:33 p.m.  3 Out
Looper vs. Bradley
An out ends the jam against the guy who hit a homer last time up; a fly ball to Braun near the track ends the threat.

4:29 p.m.  2 Out, Runners on 1st and 2nd
Looper vs. Lee
Now, Braden, you can prove you can pitch out of jams.  McClung working in the pen, by the way, while Billy Castro chats with Looper.

On a 3-2 count, strike three looking, though Derrick Lee won't agree with the call on the outside corner.

4:27 p.m.  1 Out, Runners on 1st and 2nd
Looper vs. Fukudome
A bounding ball goes to right field for another base hit.  Danger zone, folks.

4:26 p.m.  1 Out, Runner on 1st
Looper vs. Soriano
Shot to left but Braun sprints to the warning track and stops an extra-base hit.

4:24 p.m.  Runner on 1st
Looper vs. Harden
A soft pop-up turns into a base hit.  Not good with the top of the lineup working.

Bottom 4th

4:20 p.m.  3 Out 
Harden vs. Looper
He draws a 2-0 count...hmm, Harden nervous?  Well, he got a break.  Looper hit it off Harden's leg, and Theriot got the deflection for the out.

4:19 p.m.  2 Out, Bases Loaded
Harden vs. Kendall
An intentional pass for to get Looper up.  Hmm, what was the last result of an intentional pass for a pitcher?  Ah, yes, a Gallardo jack!

4:18 p.m.  2 Out, Runners on 2nd and 3rd
Harden vs. Hall
Easy shallow pop-up for the Cubs, but Theriot dropped it!  Hall holds at 2nd, Fielder at 3rd.  That was a mistake by Theriot to take it instead of the left fielder.

4:16 p.m.  2 Out, Runner on 2nd
Harden vs. Cameron
A long bomb to left center field only went 370 feet, so Fukudome flagged it in.

4:15 p.m.  1 Out, Runner on 1st
Harden vs. Hardy
Boos rain down on Hardy as he takes a superb fastball for strike three.

4:11 p.m.  Runner on 1st
Harden vs. Fielder

Little work for Princey to do...an easy walk.

Top 4th

4:05 p.m.  3 Out
Looper vs. Hill

A strike three called ends the threat.  At least we have the lead.

4:05 p.m.  2 Out, Runner on 1st
Looper vs. Theriot
A 3-0 pitch became a walk, but a runner on 1st with two outs is better than a runner on 1st with one out.  A caught stealing followed by a walk is the equivalent of a strikeout here.

4:05 p.m.  2 Out
Looper vs. Theriot
It's now cleared bases after Kendall delivers a perfect throw to nail Fontenot at 2nd.

4:05 p.m.  1 Out, Runner on 1st
Looper vs. Fontenot
A shot down the line turns into a base hit.  This inning isn't the world's best.

4:03 p.m.  1 Out
Looper vs. Ramirez
Killing Brewers pitching is what Ramirez has tended to do.  Not this time, as he hits a weak flare to left

4:02 p.m.  0 Out
Milwaukee 2, Chicago 1
Looper vs. Bradley
He used perfect form to turn around on an inside pitch and crank it out.

Bottom 3rd

3:59 p.m.  3 Out
Harden vs. Braun
It's a swinging K, but we're OK with it.

3:57 p.m.  2 Out
Milwaukee 2, Chicago 0
Harden vs. Hart
THAT is how you break up a slump!  An opposite field shot over Fukudome in right-center.

3:55 p.m.  2 Out
Harden vs. Weeks
An 0-2 changeup horse-ties Weeks and he falls down on strikes.

3:54 p.m.  1 Out
Harden vs. Looper
It would REALLY help to have the pitcher do something here; but a routine grounder to Theriot destroys that idea.

Top 3rd

3:50 p.m.  3 Out
Looper vs. Lee
Looper's fallen behind each hitter this inning; so far, no damage.  Again, Hart gets this one on a pop-up.

3:49 p.m.  2 Out
Looper vs. Fukudome
Another routine pop-up, and Braun takes this one into his leather.

3:48 p.m.  1 Out
Looper vs. Soriano
Cory Provus' first-ever Miller Park regular season inning begins with Corey Hart loping in from right field to snag a pop-up.

Bottom 2nd

3:44 p.m.  3 Out
Harden vs. Kendall
It would be really nice if Kendall could get on base and guarantee the top of the order starting next inning at worst.  Kendall, though, has no base hits so far, and a strikeout again extends that streak.

3:42 p.m.  2 Out
Harden vs. Hall
Two in a row?  What's with the Brewers' bats?  Granted, it's just the 2nd inning.

3:41 p.m.  1 Out
Harden vs. Cameron
A swinging strike...I wonder how much his shot blasting Martinez yesterday has affected him.

Top 2nd

3:37 p.m.  3 Out
Looper vs. Harden
"Struck him out swinging and the inning is over."  NICE!

3:35 p.m.  2 Out, Runners on 1st and 2nd
Looper vs. Hill
Hill takes low and walks him...would have been nice to start the 3rd inning facing Harden.  Come on, Loop!  (Not a bad nickname.)

3:33 p.m.  2 Out, Runner on 2nd
Looper vs. Theriot
Shot to left center and Braun can't reach it, and it's a ground rule double.  First really hard-hit ball of the game off Looper.  Glad it's the 8-9 guys following.

3:32 p.m.  2 Out
Looper vs. Fontenot
Weeks snags a tough short-hop and turns a wonderful 4-6-3 double play!  It could have been first-and-third easily.

3:31 p.m.  Runner on 1st
Looper vs. Ramirez
 
He walked the leadoff guy on a 3-2.  Worst outcome without a hit, and worst outcome in terms of wasting pitches.

Bottom 1st

3:28 p.m.  3 Out
Harden vs. Hardy
A bomb to left field didn't launch far enough and Soriano ended the inning.

3:26 p.m.  2 Out, Runner on 2nd
Harden vs. Fielder
An off-speed pitch corkscrews Fielder into a swinging K.

3:23 p.m.  1 Out, Runner on 1st
Milwaukee 1, Chicago 0
Harden vs. Braun
Two quick strikes make things hairy to start the at-bat, but he produces a shot to left field to give Milwaukee the lead.

3:22 p.m.  1 Out, Runner on 3rd
Harden vs. Hart
This just calls for "I'm Gonna Harden My Heart" with a little Scandal from back in the 80's.  Hart's been downright pathetic so far: 2-13, much like his slump at the end of last year.  This time, though, a first-base side sacrifice gets Weeks to 3rd.  Hart slid to try to get in, but couldn't succeed.

3:19 p.m.  Runner on 2nd
Harden vs. Weeks
Weeksy has succeeded in reaching base so far this week: and thanks to a high throw from Theriot from shortstop, he gets on with an error.  Lee, though, should have caught it.

Top 1st

3:14 p.m.  3 Out
Looper vs. Bradley
Milton loves to take pitches, and he's got Looper in a 2-0 hole...make that 3-0.  But a good pitch and a foul makes it, as Bob says, traveling time for Derrick Lee at 1st.  He's traveling back to his dugout after an out at short.

3:12 p.m.  2 Out, runner on 1st
Looper vs. Lee
A 3-1 pitch becomes a ticket to a walk for Derrick Lee.  Historically, that's not such a bad thing knowing how dangerous he's been against the Brewers

3:11 p.m.  2 Out
Looper vs. Fukudome
This guy nearly became a folk hero for the Cubs against Milwaukee in his first game in Chicago, but he becomes the second out in the inning.  NICE...

3:07 p.m.  1 Out
Looper vs. Soriano
This is how you start a season off: your archrival with a mainly Brewers crowd (sorry, Cubs fans).  There's only one problem: they're wearing the regular home uni's, not the pinstripe throwbacks.

Since this isn't a fashion consulting blog, I'll just say that Soriano swung and missed a 1-2 pitch to get the crowd in a happy frenzy to start the inning.

Pregame Blog 

2:58 p.m.
The starters:

Cubs
LF Alfonso Soriano
CF Koskuke Fukudome
1B Derrick Lee
RF Milton Bradley
3B Aramis Ramirez
2B Mike Fontenot
SS Ryan Theriot
C Koyie Hill
P Rich Harden

Brewers
2B Rickie Weeks
RF Corey Hart
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
SS J.J. Hardy
CF Mike Cameron
3B Bill Hall
C Jason Kendall
P Braden Looper

2:53 p.m.
They're introducing the players, coaches and staff...and even the trainers are getting ovations!  The loudest cheer went to Yovani Gallardo among the guys not in the starting lineup.

2:36 p.m.
All the parking lots oare completely filled and most fans are close to finishing their tailgate parties before entering.

In the pregame interview with Bob Uecker, manager Ken Macha said his team was waiting for a home game after three months on the road, and this is the first time they've been home.  He also said that Braden Looper, who was with the Cardinals, is looking forward to the rivalry game with the Cubs, a team which is also the Cardinals' archrival.

Pregame Story

Spring can officially start in Wisconsin, because the Milwaukee Brewers' home opener is here.

The Milwaukee Brewers start their home opener at Miller Park against the Chicago Cubs with a sellout crowd showing up.

Of course, that's not when the party starts for Brewers fans.

Fans lined up long before the parking lots even opened.  Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Erik Bilstad talked to fans that got to the stadium at 7:45 in the morning.  They cracked the first beer about that early.

What's the plan? "Drink, have some fun and tailgate, you don't need the gates to be open to tailgate," one woman said.

The lots opened early around 11 this morning.  Cars are now quickly filling the lots.  After a few hours of tailgating, the fans have a treat waiting inside the stadium.

The co-pilot who helped land a jetliner into New York City's Hudson River in January will throw out the first pitch.

Jeff Skiles is originally from Oregon, Wis., near Madison. Thanks to Skiles and Captain Chesley Sullenberger (who threw out the first pitch at the Brewers' season opener in San Francisco), every person on board that plane survived.

Of course, beforehand, the traditional first national anthem gets performed by Joseph Attanasio, the father of Brewers owner Mark Attanasio.

Then there's the game itself, against the team's archrival, the Chicago Cubs.

That's the same team that won the National League Central in 2008, but the one the Brewers beat in the regular season finale to get to the playoffs.

Right-hander Braden Looper, a newcomer to the Brewers, takes on Cubs pitcher Rich Harden in the matchup of starting pitchers.

There's lots of changes at Miller Park today.  Click the video links to see the new Brewers' party suite, the updated Brewers team store, the Harley-Davidson Deck and the new conference facilities including the Uecker Room.

Fans can enter the ballpartk at 1:00 p.m. to see the new digs.

Brewers Executive Vice President of Business Operations Rick Schlesinger says Miller Park parking lots are essentially filled, so he suggests using the overflow parking option at State Fair Park.

Of course, if you're Catholic, you're not supposed to enjoy a brat or hot dog under fast and abstinence traditions.  Sportservice has lots of options for those who abide by the Catholic diet today.