Game One Hundred Twenty-One – Cubs 5, Brewers 9
WP – Mark Rogers (1-1) LP – Justin Germano (2-3) Save – None
The Cubs lost for the fourth time in five games after another bad inning. The Cubs took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth on RBI from Anthony Rizzo, David DeJesus and Josh Vitters’ first big league home run. Justin Germano struggled through the first four innings then imploded in the fifth and could not get through the inning.
The Brewers scored eight runs in the fifth off Justin Germano and Jeff Beliveau. Jonathan Lucroy hit a pair of home runs on the night and drove in four of the Brewers’ nine runs. Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez went back-to-back off Beliveau in the fifth.
Monday night was by far Justin Germano’s worst start of the season. Germano struggled with his command all night (91 pitches, 54 strikes) and it caught up to him the third time through the lineup. Germano allowed seven runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
Lendy Castillo labored through two scoreless innings (45 pitches, 26 strikes) and Michael Bowden kept the Brewers from tacking on the eighth but the Cubs offense managed only two runs after Vitters’ home run in the fourth.
The Cubs could not take advantage of Mark Rogers’ gifts early in the game. The Cubs loaded the bases in the second but came away with only one run and finished the game 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position (four left on base).
David DeJesus (1-for-3 with a double, two RBI, a sac fly, a stolen base and a run scored) and Anthony Rizzo (2-for-3 with a double, a RBI and a walk) drove in the first two runs. Darwin Barney (1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored) did his job at the plate and in the field. Welington Castillo (2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored) reached twice and scored two of the Cubs’ five runs. Castillo was charged with one of the Cubs’ two errors and had a rough night behind the plate.
Josh Vitters (1-for-4 with a home run) hit the first home run of his Major League career in the fifth off Mark Rogers. Vitters launched a 3-2 pitch to the second deck.
The Cubs are 4-16 since the trading deadline … and with Monday’s loss the Cubs dropped to a season-low 27 games under .500 with a 47-74 record.
Anthony Rizzo drove the 3-1 offering from Rogers to the corner in left. The ball hit the track and jumped over the wall for a ground rule double. DeJesus trotted home and the Cubs took a 1-0 lead. Rogers struck out Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro swinging to end the inning. Rogers struck out the side and threw 22 pitches, 13 for strikes, in the first inning.
Norichika Aoki started the first with a single to left (1-2 pitch). Justin Germano could not throw strikes and fell behind Rickie Weeks. Weeks scorched a 3-1 pitch toward third. Josh Vitters tried to backhand the ball, it hit off his glove and Weeks reached on his second error of the season. Two batters into the game Justin Germano was in trouble.
Ryan Braun stepped in with runners on first and second with no outs. Germano fell behind Braun 2-0. Braun took strike one then fouled off a pitch. Germano was able to get the grounder he needed. Braun rapped into a 6-4-3 double play as Aoki advanced to third. Germano continued pitching from behind. Aramis Ramirez lined a 3-1 pitch toward left that Soriano caught to end the inning … 20 pitches for Germano after one, 10 for strikes.
Welington Castillo led off the second with a ground rule double to left center. Castillo launched a 2-2 pitch that hit the track and hopped over the wall. Brett Jackson and Darwin Barney walked and the bases were loaded with no outs for Justin Germano. Rogers caught Germano looking at a 0-2 pitch for the first out. David DeJesus lifted the first pitch he saw to deep left center. Castillo tagged and scored the Cubs’ second run … and both Jackson and Barney moved up ninety feet as well. Josh Vitters continued his struggles and popped out to short (3-2 pitch) for the third out.
Justin Germano struck out Corey Hart swinging (2-2 pitch) to start the second. Jonathan Lucroy lined a 1-0 pitch just over the wall in left and cut the Cubs lead in half. Carlos Gomez grounded out to short and Jean Segura tapped back to the mound to end the inning. Germano threw 34 pitches in the first two innings, 19 strikes.
Mark Rogers faced the minimum in the third after issuing a leadoff walk to Anthony Rizzo on five pitches. Alfonso Soriano pulled the first pitch he saw to Aramis Ramirez … 5-4-3 double play. Castro flied out to right center to end the inning.
Justin Germano retired the side in order in the third … 42 pitches for Germano, 25 for strikes.
After three, the Cubs led 2-1.
The Cubs did nothing in the fourth inning.
Brett Jackson took away an extra basehit from Ryan Braun to start the fourth. Braun crushed a 3-2 pitch to straight away center. Jackson ranged back and made a leaping catch just before crashing into the padding. Aramis Ramirez followed and pulled a 2-2 pitch into left for his 40th double of the season. Germano struck Corey Hart swinging (3-2 pitch). Jonathan Lucroy grounded out to third to end the inning. Rizzo made an excellent scoop of a low throw from Josh Vitters. Germano needed 68 pitches, 41 for strikes, to get through four innings.
Mark Rogers caught Justin Germano looking to start the fifth. DeJesus worked a full count before grounding out to first. Josh Vitters stepped in with the bases empty and two down.
Josh Vitters worked a full count before launching the first homer of his big league career. The ball ended up in the second deck and the Cubs took a 3-1 lead. Anthony Rizzo followed with a single to left. Rizzo swiped second with Soriano at the plate but Alfonso Soriano grounded out to third to end the inning.
Carlos Gomez led off the fifth with a single to left (1-2 pitch). Ron Roenicke called for a hit and run with Jean Segura at the plate. Segura hit a routine grounder to short as Gomez advanced to second with one down. Roenicke decided he’d seen enough of Mark Rogers and sent up Travis Ishikawa to hit for his pitcher.
Ishikawa pounded a 1-1 pitch into right. DeJesus charged the ball and made a strong but ill-advised throw to the plate. Welington Castillo could not haul in the ball, it then hit off Gomez and ended up in the Brewers dugout. Ishikawa was awarded third on Castillo’s error and the Cubs lead was down to one run.
Norichika Aoki lifted a 0-1 pitch into left center. Brett Jackson made a nice running catch as Ishikawa tagged and scored the tying run. Germano continued to struggle with his command and the Brewers took advantage.
The Brewers squared off on Germano the third time through the lineup. Rickie Weeks singled to left. Ryan Braun followed with a single to right (first pitch). Weeks advanced to third with two down. Germano walked Ramirez and the bases were loaded for Corey Hart.
Corey Hart gave the Brewers the lead for good with a single to right center that plated Weeks and Braun … 5-3 Brewers. Dale Sveum decided he’d seen enough and went to his pen for Jeff Beliveau.
With runners on first and second with two down, Jeff Beliveau served up a 2-2 pitch to Jonathan Lucroy that he deposited over the wall in left center … 8-3 Brewers. Ron Santo’s favorite player then launched a 1-0 pitch from Beliveau over the wall in left center. Carlos Gomez trotted around the bases and the Brewers took a 9-3 lead. Jean Segura grounded out to third to finally end the inning.
The Brewers scored eight runs in the fifth and after five had a commanding 9-3 lead.
Kameron Loe set down the side in order in the sixth.
Dale Sveum went to his bench and pen in the bottom of the sixth. Joe Mather took over in right, David DeJesus moved to center and Lendy Castillo made his way in from the pen. Nyjer Morgan grounded out to second to start the sixth. Aoki singled to left off Vitters’ glove. Weeks flied out to right (3-2 pitch). Ryan Braun singled to left center (2-0 pitch), Aoki advanced to third but both were stranded when Ramirez popped out to second for the third out.
Darwin Barney greeted Mike McClendon with a double off the wall in left center to start the seventh. Joe Mather flied out to right center. Barney tagged and advanced to third. Ron Roenicke made the slow walk and went to his pen for lefty Manny Parra. David DeJesus grounded out to first and Barney scored the Cubs’ fourth run. Vitters struck out swinging to end the inning.
Lendy Castillo stayed in and completed his second inning of work. Castillo struggled but kept the Brewers off the board. Hart grounded out to second (1-1 pitch). Castillo walked Jonathan Lucroy before striking out Carlos Gomez (0-2 pitch, swinging). Jean Segura singled to center but Cody Ransom struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Cubs did nothing against Jose Veras in the eighth.
Michael Bowden allowed a leadoff single to Norichika Aoki but that was all in the eighth. Bowden struck out Weeks looking, retired Braun on a pop out to short and struck out Ramirez to end the inning.
The Cubs went to the ninth down 9-4 … and Livan Hernandez took the hill to close it out for the Brewers.
Welington Castillo led off the ninth with a single to center. Luis Valbuena hit for Michael Bowden and crushed a 3-1 pitch to deep right center. Valbuena admired his work then tried to turn it on when the ball did not leave the park. Carlos Gomez threw out Valbuena at second. Valbuena did not run then when he did he tried to stretch a single into a double with his team down by five runs. Castillo advanced to third on the play.
Darwin Barney struck out swinging for the second out. A 0-2 pitch to Joe Mather got away from Jonathan Lucroy, Castillo scored, but Mather flied out to center to end the game.
Chris Rusin is scheduled to make his big league debut on Tuesday night against Marco Estrada.
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