Brewers 3, Cubs 4
Mistakes cost the Brewers as the Cubs scored two unearned runs in the sixth and took the first game of the series. Ryan Braun hit a two-run pinch hit double in the eighth to bring the Brewers to within a run, but the Brewers could not complete the comeback.
The Brewers traveled to Wrigley Field to to start a three-game series against the Cubs. The Cubs have been on a roll this season, their 14-5 record is tops in the division, they have scored the most runs and have the most quality starts of any team in baseball. The Brewers had Jimmy Nelson on the mound in the first game, their best pitcher so far in this young season.
Chris Carter drew a leadoff walk in the second against Kyle Hendricks, then Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a double over Dexter Fowler’s head to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Aaron Hill hit a drive to left field for a sacrifice fly to drive in Carter and give the Brewers a 1-0 lead.
Kris Bryant hit a double over the third base bag with one out in the fourth for the Cubs’ first hit of the night. Nelson was able to get out of the inning with a strikeout and a fly out to left and kept the Brewer lead at 1-0.
Nelson walked Jorge Soler to lead off the fifth. Addison Russell singled and David Ross bunted the runners over to second and third with one out. Tommy La Stella came in to pinch hit for Hendricks. Nelson walked La Stella to load the bases for Fowler. Fowler hit a deep fly to center to drive in Soler to tie the game. Nelson got Jason Heyward to ground out to second to end the fifth inning, but the Cubs tied the game at 1.
Bryant reached on an error to lead off the sixth and Nelson walked Ben Zobrist with one out, prompting Craig Counsell to bring in Carlos Torres. Torres got Soler to fly out to right, but Russell hit a triple to right-center field to drive in both runners. Torres got a strikeout to end the inning, but not before the Cubs took a 3-1 lead after six innings.
Javier Baez, pinch hitting for the pitcher, singled to center. Baez stole second (he was originally called out, but the call was reversed) and ended up scoring on a single by Rizzo, who went to second on the throw, leaving runners on second and third. Yadiel Rivera made a great play to end the inning with the Cubs leading 4-1.
Aaron Hill walked to lead off the eighth and moved to second on a wild pitch. Ramon Flores hit a grounder to first that moved Hill over to third with one out with Colin Walsh coming up. Walsh drew a walk and Ryan Braun came in to hit for the pitcher. Braun hit a double to the right field corner to drive in two runs. Domingo Santana struck out and Jonathan Villar popped out, but the Brewers drew to within 4-3.
The Brewers were not able to rally for another run and lost the opener to the Cubs 4-3.
Scooter Gennett was scratched from his start when he strained an oblique during batting practice. He is day-to-day.
|Record for the Week||0-1||0-0|
|Record for the Month||8-12||1-4-1|
|Record for the Year||8-12||1-4-1|
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