Brewers 2, Cubs 7
Jonathan Villar led off the game with a base hit, ending the drama of whether or not Jake Arrieta would throw two straight no-hitters. Villar then led a two-out rally to score the first run that Arrieta has allowed at Wrigley Field in 52.1 innings. Villar went 3-4 with 3 stolen bases and scored both of the Brewer runs. Unfortunately for the Brewers, walks and errors hurt them again, and they lost to the Cubs 7-1.
Game 2 of this series was rained out, so the starters just moved back one day. The Brewers sent Taylor Jungmann to face Arrieta of the Cubs. Arrieta is still fresh off his no-hitter against the Reds in his last start. The Brewers certainly faced a big challenge coming into this game.
Villar ended the suspense about whether or not Arrieta would throw a second straight no-hitter early, singling to left field to lead off the game. Villar stole second with Ryan Braun batting. After Braun walked, Villar and Braun completed a double steal to put runners at second and third with one out. Arrieta walked Jonathan Lucroy to load the bases for Chris Carter. Arrieta struck out Chris Carter and Kirk Nieuwenhuis to end the threat.
The Cubs loaded the bases with one out, but Jungmann was not able to get out of the jam without giving up runs. Ben Zobrist hit a one-out single to right to drive in two runs and put runners at the corners. A popup and a ground out limited the damage, but the Brewers trailed 2-0 after one inning.
After Arrieta had a 1-2-3 inning, backup catcher David Ross led off the second inning for the Cubs with a towering home run to left field. Jungmann got out of the inning with no further damage, but the Brewers were now down 3-0 after two innings.
Kris Bryant led off the third inning with a single to right-center field. Anthony Rizzo drove in Bryant with a double to the right field corner. Tommy La Stella drove in Rizzo with a double over Braun’s head. The Cubs took a 5-0 lead into the fourth.
Jungmann got the first two batters in the fourth inning, but then walked Jason Hayward, hit Bryant with a pitch, and walked Rizzo to load the bases. Craig Counsell saw enough and brought in Chris Capuano. Capuano got Zobrist to pop out to center field to keep the score at 5-0 after four innings.
Villar hit a two-out single to left and stole second. Alex Presley hit a double to right to drive in Villar. It was the first run scored against Arrieta at Wrigley Field in his last 52.3 innings. Braun grounded out to end the inning, but the Brewers were on the board, and the score was 5-1.
Capuano walked La Stella to lead off the inning, then threw a wild pickoff throw to put him on second. Russell drew a walk, then La Stella hit a sacrifice fly to move La Stella to third. Capuano threw a wild pitch to move Russell over to second. Jorge Soler, hitting for Arrieta, drew another walk to load the bases. Fowler hit a tailor-made double play ball, but Villar could not get the ball out of his glove. The Brewers did get a force out at second, but Fowler beat out the throw to first and another run scored for the Cubs. Carter made a diving stop to end the inning, but the Cubs extended their lead to 6-1 after 5 innings.
Jonathan Lucroy singled to center to greet relief pitcher Justin Grimm. Grimm buckled down and struck out the next three batters.
Sam Freeman came on to pitch for the Brewers in the sixth inning and gave up an infield single and a walk. Freeman struck out Zobrist. On that pitch, Rizzo had broken for second, but Baez did not break for third. Lucroy ran out, then threw to second to try to pick off Baez, but Yadiel Rivera dropped the ball and runners were at the corners with one out. Freeman walked La Stella to load the bases. Russell hit a force out, but Rivera could not turn the double play and another run scored. Freeman walked Ross to load the bases again. Freeman finally got out of the inning on a line drive to Rivera. The Cubs upped the score to 7-1.
Villar had a great game, going 3-4 with 3 stolen bases and 2 runs scored.
The Brewers placed Scooter Gennett on the 15-day disabled list with a strain to his oblique. Infielder Hernan Perez was brought up to replace Gennett. To make room for Perez on the 40-man roster, the Brewers moved Matt Garza to the 60-day disabled list.
|Record for the Week||0-2||0-1|
|Record for the Month||8-13||1-5-1|
|Record for the Year||8-13||1-5-1|
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