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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Quote of the Day

"You can’t sit on a lead and kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game." - Earl Weaver