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Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Bryan LaHair rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Bryan LaHair rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

I thought, instead of writing the recap to the Cubs' 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Brewers, I'd let the Bard himself -- William Shakespeare -- write it.

In the first inning, Alfonso Soriano made a nice running catch.

"And so I shall catch the fly." - Henry V

Matt Garza gets his first career extra-base hit, a double!

"A hit, a very palpable hit!" - Hamlet

And then we all said:

"Hence! home … get you home …" – Julius Caesar

But it didn't happen. The game continued...

Norichika Aoki hit a high fly to right. Reed Johnson said:

"I’ll catch it ere it come to ground." – Macbeth

Alas, it could not be caught; it was a home run and the Brewers led 1-0.

In the fifth inning, Starlin Castro made a throw that Jeff Baker should have dug out of the dirt:

"And when he caught it, he let it go again." – Coriolanus
"O hateful error" - Julius Caesar
"That one error fills him with faults." – The Two Gentlemen of Verona
"He’s safe." – Measure for Measure

Soriano was up with two outs and two strikes in the sixth inning. Result?

"Strike!" - Richard III
"And what a pitch … !" – Henry VI, Part I

In the bottom of the sixth, Corey Hart doubled with two out. Then, George Kottaras came to the plate...

"And watched him how he singled ..." - Henry VI, Part III

Result, for Hart?

"Look to the plate." - Romeo and Juliet
"I am safe." - Antony and Cleopatra

In the seventh, Joe Mather came up with Baker on first base, and reached on an error by Cody Ransom. And Brewers fans said...

"What wretched errors ... !" - Sonnets

Koyie Hill followed a double play with an RBI double down the RF line, his first RBI of the season!

"Foul ...?" - The Tempest
"O, tis fair ..." - Troilus and Cressida

Randy Wolf came out of the game after hitting David DeJesus:

"That ... pitch will be defiled." - Much Ado About Nothing

In the eighth inning, Bryan LaHair hit a pinch-hit home run with Soriano on base to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead:

"Run, run, O run!" - King Lear
"He comes the third time home ..." - Coriolanus

Ian Stewart, though, went 0-for-4, dropping his BA to .194:

“O my offense is rank, it smells to heaven.” – Hamlet

For a time, the Cubs' bullpen did a good job:

"For this relief much thanks."- Hamlet

But it was not to be. No Shakespearean tragedy could capture Aoki's second home run of the day, off Casey Coleman, that won the game for Milwaukee in a walk-off.

On to Minnesota, interleague play, and hopefully, no more tragic endings.

(H/T to this blog post and this letter to the New York Times for the quotes)