The Cubs got beat up in the process of getting beat on by the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. And they just plain got beat, 10-6.
The pain from the score was bad enough, but Aramis Ramirez could miss all or part of this weekend's series against first-place Washington with pain in his left shin after being hit by a pitch. Starter Greg Maddux also was limping around after stepping in a "pothole" on the Wrigley Field mound.
X-rays on Ramirez were negative, but he had a deep bruise that caused him to leave the game after the fifth inning when the Cubs were only one run down.
Maddux, the starting and losing pitcher, pronounced himself fine after his second-inning episode that caused the 38,631 fans a few moments of panic given the Cubs' injury history with starting pitchers.
It was a lost day all around as the Cubs had their four-game winning streak halted by the Brewers, who scored seven runs with two outs.
"When you score six runs, that's usually enough," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "We just couldn't stop them."
"It's never going to be easy against those guys," Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee said. "It was a slugging game. They slugged better than we did."
The Brewers' Carlos Lee slugged two home runs to close to within one of Derrek Lee's 23, and he drove in three runs to take a 72-65 lead on Derrek Lee in RBIs.
Meanwhile, the Cubs' Lee finished the series 2-for-12, lowering his average to .380 as the Brewers played him with a defensive shift to the left side.
"I don't do anything different because of the defense," Lee said.
Maddux (7-5) had won five of his last six decisions and had been 11-2 lifetime against the Brewers.
"You've still got to make your pitches," he said. "This is a different team than it was a couple of years ago."
Maddux lasted only five innings, allowing 10 hits and leaving with a 6-5 deficit. It was the most hits he had allowed all season and his second outing of less than six innings in his last four starts.
He gave up five of the runs in first and second innings when he had trouble avoiding bats with his pitches. Carlos Lee ripped a first-inning pitch into the center-field shrubbery for a two-run homer.
The Brewers scored three more in the second, two on a single by winning pitcher Chris Capuano after Baker had visited the mound with assistant trainer Ed Halbur.
Sergio Mitre made his first appearance this season out of the bullpen after Maddux left and gave up three more runs, including a Damian Miller homer. Michael Wuertz gave up another in the eighth when Lee crushed his 22nd.
"Stopping Carlos Lee is tough at times," catcher Michael Barrett said. "He got us early and he got us late in the game."
In between, the Cubs scored six runs, although they went scoreless from the fifth through eighth innings. Jerry Hairston led off the first with a home run, Jose Macias made it a 5-2 game with a single in the second, and Barrett slugged a two-run homer and Ronny Cedeno scored on an error in the fourth inning to tie the game 5-5.
The Brewers, however, were better in the wind that was blowing straight out to center.
"They threw some hits in there, line drives, bloops, home runs," Maddux said. "They all counted."