Carlos Lee may not be voted to the NL All-Star team, but he’s certainly been playing like one of the top players in baseball.
Lee is 15th in NL All-Star voting among outfielders despite belting 19 home runs and knocking in a league-leading 64 runs in his first season with Milwaukee. The Brewers slugger has been better than advertised since coming to Milwaukee in a trade with Chicago over the winter that sent fan favorite Scott Podsednik to the White Sox.
Lee hit two home runs, including a three-run shot, during an eight-run second inning Wednesday as the Brewers beat the Cubs 9-4.
“That’s nice to bounce back from our last two losses,” Lee said. “Eight runs in one inning. That was awesome.”
Lee added a solo shot in the seventh, giving him 33 RBIs in his last 33 games against Chicago.
Milwaukee sent 12 men to the plate in the second and knocked out Chicago starter Carlos Zambrano.
Milwaukee starter Doug Davis won for the fifth time in seven starts and matched a career high with nine strikeouts.
First baseman Derrek Lee went 1-for-3 with two runs scored for the Cubs, dropping his NL-leading batting average to .389. Derrek Lee is batting .480 with four homers, 15 RBIs and 18 runs scored over the last 20 games.
Chicago will throw lefty Glendon Rusch against Milwaukee on Thursday.
Rusch has pitched poorly in his last three starts, allowing 11 earned runs and 24 hits in 16 2-3 innings to raise his ERA from 2.07 to 2.89. The veteran southpaw is 3-1 with a 2.06 ERA in 10 career appearances against Milwaukee, including five starts.