The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 for their 5th straight win over their neighbors to the south.

Yovani Gallardo pounded through 7 innings, giving up 1 unearned run and 6 hits while striking out 10. He kept himself out of trouble against a team he has a solid history against. His quality outing came just as the St. Louis Cardinals were losing another one at home, pushing the Crew’s division lead to 10.5 games.

Gallardo got pulled possibly too early when he easily could have gone through 8. LaTroy Hawkins surrendered 3 runs to bring the Cubs back from down 6-1. He has been mostly lights out all year, but has now put in his second straight rough outing. That of course could be concerning if the rest of the bullpen wasn’t loaded with late inning guys. Francisco Rodriguez finished out the rest of the 8th for Hawkins, and Axford came on for his 39th save of the season.

The bullpen hit a bit of a snag tonight, but the offense took the opportunity to do some of the heavy lifting. Casey McGehee, Prince Fielder and Corey Hart all hit home runs, and Milwaukee was able to attack the Cubs early, with Ryan Braun driving in Hart and McGehee’s homer capping off a 3 run first inning. Hart had a great day going 3 for 3 and finishing a single away from the cycle.

Even though the Cubs made it close late in the game, it never really felt out of hand. It’s been that way for a long time with this squad. It’s only luck for so long. Eventually it just becomes a mental focus that only comes from intense confidence. They are never out of any game, and this is the time of year you want to play like that.

Zack Greinke finishes the series tomorrow going for their second straight sweep of the Cubs.

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