Fielder had two hits including a two-out solo home run in the fourth inning that briefly cut the deficit to 2-1. Casey McGehee finished a productive series with three hits, including an RBI single off Lilly in the sixth inning.But Lilly, the lone Cubs All-Star, was otherwise effective. He scattered nine hits and struck out nine without walking a batter. "One of the things that enabled me to do that was that we had a little bit of a cushion," Lilly said. "I'm going to be a little more aggressive in those situations knowing that the last thing you want to do when you have a lead like that is give guys free passes." The Brewers won't see the Cubs again until Sept. 14-17, again at Wrigley Field. "It's disappointing," Fielder said of the series loss, "but they're a good team. You can't get too mad about it. That's how it is sometimes; they're a good team and they play even better here [at Wrigley Field]. Sometimes you have to tip your cap." Braun wasn't so eager to tip his cap. "We need to find a way to throw the ball a little better to have success," Braun said. "When you're constantly behind in games, it's not easy. It's not fun. Their starting pitching was clearly a lot better than ours this series." Does Braun think Melvin would be able to make a deal before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline? "I wish I got to make decisions like that," Braun said. "I know he's looking to make our ballclub better. I know he recognizes the importance of making a move and making it soon, but at the same time a lot of teams are in the race and there aren't a lot of teams willing to give guys up. If they do, the asking price is high. "That being said, it would be nice to make a move. It would be nice to do something to help us out for the time being. The sooner we do it, the better."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less