A Blown Days Night – Cubs 2, Brewers 3

Game One Hundred Six – Cubs 2, Brewers 3

WP – Burke Badenhop (2-3, BS 2) LP – Kevin Gregg (2-3, BS 4) Save – Jim Henderson (14)

The Cubs took a 2-1 lead into the ninth inning after David DeJesus doubled in a pair of runs in the seventh inning. Kevin Gregg struggled again and gave up a pair of singles but he appeared to catch Logan Schafer looking to end the game. But Gregg did not get the call, and walked Schafer to load the bases with two outs.

Jeff Bianchi lined a 1-2 pitch to the hole at short. Starlin Castro dove and got a glove on the ball but could not haul it in. The ball ended up in left field. Norichika Aoki and Jean Segura scored … and the Brewers went onto to complete the sweep of the day-night doubleheader.

The Cubs had leads late in both games on Tuesday but the Cubs simply cannot beat the Brewers. The Cubs have now blown 22 leads on the season and are 27-for-49 in save opportunities this year.

Jake Arrieta made his Cubs’ debut on Tuesday night with a solid six-inning start. Arrieta gave up one run on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts on 93 pitches, 54 for strikes. Arrieta made only one mistake on the night and Juan Francisco hit it out of the park. Arrieta had good life on his fastball and seemed to get more comfortable as the game wore on.

Michael Bowden pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Arrieta and was in line for the win. Bowden allowed one hit, walked two, committed a balk and struck out four batters.

The Cubs offense was non-existent once again, but still outhit the Brewers 7-6. The Cubs managed only one extra base hit in the nightcap and only two in 18 innings on Tuesday. David DeJesus (2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a walk) reached base three times and drove in the Cubs only two runs. Dioner Navarro (3-for-4) collected three more hits and Junior Lake (1-for-5) was the only other Cub that reached base safely with a hit.

The Cubs went 1-for-6 with RISP and left nine men on base on Tuesday night. The Cubs are now 14-for-103 with RISP since the All-Star break.

With Tuesday night’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 48-58 on the season.

Jake Arrieta did not allow his first hit until the fourth inning. Arrieta worked his way out of a first inning jam with help from Dioner Navarro when he threw out Logan Schafer at third base for the second out. Arrieta threw 16 pitches in the first, six for strikes, but he did not get the call on several pitches that appeared to be strikes.

Junior Lake reached on a one-out single to center in the first, but that was all, and the Cubs allowed Tyler Thornburg to settle in. Thornburg threw only 15 pitches in the first inning, 11 for strikes.

The game remained scoreless through the second and third innings.

Logan Schafer led off the fourth with a double to left, the Brewers first hit of the game. Jeff Bianchi popped up a bunt to Arrieta for the first out. Lucroy grounded out to first. Schafer advanced to second with two outs. Arrieta then walked Gomez and put runners on the corners for Davis. Gomez swiped second on the first pitch. Arrieta retired Khris Davis on a grounder to Valbuena at second to end the inning. Jake Arrieta needed 57 pitches, 31 for strikes, to complete four innings on Tuesday night.

Dioner Navarro led off the fourth with a single to right. But the Cubs could not string together any hits. After four complete, the game was nothing-nothing.

Juan Francisco led off the fifth inning with a homer to left center … and the Brewers took a 1-0 lead on their fourth home run of the day. Arrieta retired Betancourt, Gennett and Thornburg in order to end the fifth. Arrieta threw 70 pitches, 40 for strikes, in five innings.

The Cubs wasted another chance to put runs on the board in the fifth. Cole Gillespie singled to right with one out and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Jake Arrieta. David DeJesus walked but Junior Lake was caught looking at a 3-2 pitch to end the inning. Homeplate umpire Jim Wolf missed the call.

The Brewers held onto their 1-0 lead until the seventh.

Michael Bowden replaced Arrieta in the seventh and struck out three of the four batters he faced.

Burke Badenhop took over for Thornburg in the seventh and could not work around two errors and a passed ball. Cody Ransom pulled Badenhop’s first pitch toward the hole at short. Betancourt cut the ball off and threw to first. Francisco could not handle another throw and Ransom reached. Cole Gillespie then pulled a 3-2 pitch toward the hole at short. Jeff Bianchi fielded the ball, then dropped it as he tried to make a throw. The Cubs had runners on first and second thanks to a pair of Brewers’ errors.

Darwin Barney stepped in and squared to bunt on the second pitch of the at bat. Badenhop’s pitch was high and tight and Lucroy appeared to be crossed up. The ball hit off the tip of his glove. Ransom and Gillespie moved up ninety feet on a passed ball. Barney grounded out weakly to short for the first out.

David DeJesus pulled a 1-1 pitch into the gap in right center. The ball one-hopped the wall and both Ransom and Gillespie scored, 2-1 Cubs. Lake struck out swinging and Rizzo flied out to center to end the inning.

After seven complete, the Cubs led 2-1.

Michael Bowden worked around a pair of walks and a balk in the eighth without allowing any runs.

Dioner Navarro led off the eighth with a single to center, but the Cubs could not cash in the leadoff single after Schierholtz grounded into a 4-6 force, Castro lined out to center and Ransom popped out to Lucroy for the third out.

The game went to the ninth with the Cubs clinging to a 2-1 lead.

Juan Francisco singled to center off Kevin Gregg to start the inning. Aoki ran for Francisco at first. Betancourt flied out to right and Gregg struck out Gennett swinging for the second out. Jean Segura hit for Badenhop and chopped a 1-1 pitch toward short. Ransom cut the ball off and made a strong throw to first but Segura beat the throw. The Brewers put runners on first and second for Logan Schafer.

Gregg did not get the call on a 2-2 pitch to Schafer and ended up walking him to load the bases. Jeff Bianchi lined a 1-2 toward the hole at short. Castro dove and the ball hit off his glove and rolled into left field. Aoki and Segura scored, 3-2 Brewers. Lucroy flied out to deep center to end the inning.

David DeJesus reached on a two-out single in the ninth but Junior Lake struck out swinging to end the game … and the Cubs lost another one to the Brewers.

Edwin Jackson faces Wily Peralta on Wednesday night in the finale against the Brewers.

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  • TheWrongGuy

    Oh how I wish… Oh how I pray… THE CUBS would hire some REAL hitting coaches that wont teach BAD habits to our hitters.
    I have watched during the last rad trip and to include the current return to Wrigley. I have seen Barney, Castro, Lake, Rizzo, Castillo, Valbuena, Ransom, and Gillespie ALL pulling off the ball in their swings so badly that their heads are not on the ball their shoulders and hips are flying open. Its like a huge loop in their swings. Schierholtz, DeJesus, and Navarro also do this but to a lesser extent. The problem with doing this as often as these guys do is they can’t touch the low and away pitch and none except Rizzo on occasion will take it. It has become super horrible to watch. The hitting coaches need to take a long walk…. NEVER to return for teaching BAD HABITS.

    Sorry for my rant… I feel better now.

    • cubtex

      Look at the impact that George Brett has had on Hosmer and the other young hitters with the Royals.

  • Suzy S

    Neil, I didn’t see the game…how does Arrieta look? Is he a good candidate for the rotation next year…in your opinion?

    • bpot92

      Im not of Neil’s qualifications, but from the ballpark today he seemed pretty good. If he can figure out how to walk less batters he could be a good haul.

    • TheWrongGuy

      I am not Neil. But I liked what I saw. fastball was 93-97 mph. Showed good control of his breaking pitches. He gets in trouble when he has runners on base, in other words he doesn’t pitch well from the stretch. If he can learn to pitch better from the stretch he can almost overpower most line-ups like Samardzija. He needs to gain better control of his breaking pitches and off speed stuff. He did look good I liked what I saw. He can for sure be in the rotation next season. I just don’t expect our offence to do much to support him.

      That’s my 2 cents.

    • SirGladiator

      Arrieta was pretty dominant tonight. Don’t forget, the ump was screwing us really hard, the K zone showed repeatedly that he was throwing strikes and the ump was calling them balls. We all saw Gregg get the 3rd out only to have that called a ball, but it was all night long, and Arrieta bore the brunt of it. The fact that he was able to keep his composure and dominate the game the way he did despite the ump repeatedly turning his strikes into balls was really nothing short of remarkable. The worst decision they could make would be to send him back down after this performance, as Sveum said he intended to do. He earned his spot, if you send somebody down after a start like this, he could turn into Villanueva. Villanueva did so well, until they sent him to the pen, now he mostly just sucks. You don’t want to mess with a pitcher’s mind like that. If he believes that no matter what he does he won’t have a spot, he’s probably going to go back to sucking. Clearly a motivated Arrieta is a dominant Arrieta. Let’s keep him that way.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Suzy, sorry for the delay.

      Arrieta looked very good last night. He was really getting squeezed early. I liked the life on his fastball. I was presently surprised.

      I think he is an option for next year. To be quite frank, I would rather see him in the rotation the rest of the season instead of Villanueva. Nothing against Villanueva, but everyone knows what they have with Villanueva.

  • bpot92

    Its getting to the point where you know how things are going to end. My friend( she’s a Cardinals fan so she doesn’t know much about the Cubs) was asking me questions about the players as we were sitting in the stands and it was so obvious what they would do. Lake swinging at the first pitch too often, Lake swinging at almost anything ( ended an inning with a K that was way low and away). I also was praying Sveum would have barney bunt because I told her if he didn’t bunt it would be a ground ball DP, Luckily he showed bunt and got the wild pitch because he ended up grounding out right to the shortstop. THe last thing is Gregg has lost almost all confidence I believe. In the 7th when we took the lead my friend thought we had won and my exact words were hold on we still have Kevin Gregg coming in the 9th and he’s been really shaky lately. Unfortunately we lost but it was fun to see Arrieta pitch

    • SirGladiator

      Well, but don’t forget Gregg had to get so many extra outs. He got that strikeout that the ump called ball 4 that loaded the bases, then he got that easy out to end the game that Castro played like a little leaguer. When the home plate umpire and your shortstop each take an out away from you, it’s tough to blame the closer for that. Gotta put the blame where it’s due, which tonight wasn’t with Gregg.

      • bpot92

        Every game the last four games Gregg has walked one batter or given up a lead off hit. His control is not what it was earlier this year… he doesn’t have the stuff to get out of jams and he went full count it seemed every at bat.. tough to get calls when he threw 30+ pitches and that diving effort did seem like it could have been caught but its tough to tell. Live it looked like he was gonna catch it but everyone in the stands were more mad at Gregg for giving up fastballs down the middle or going so deep into counts.