Cubs Frustrations Boil Over in Loss to Brewers – Cubs 1, Brewers 6

Game One Hundred Fifty – Cubs 1, Brewers 6

WP – Wily Peralta (10-15) LP – Edwin Jackson (8-16) Save – None

Edwin Jackson was lifted after just four innings, had a heated exchange in the dugout with Dale Sveum and the Brewers blasted the Cubs again at Miller Park on Monday night.

After playing decent ball over the first seven games of the 11-game road trip, the Cubs had a bad night at Miller Park. The Cubs threw the ball all over the park and while they were charged with only three errors, there were more mistakes than that while the game was still in question.

Edwin Jackson really struggled with his command and labored through his four innings of work. Jackson gave up only two runs on two hits but he walked three batters with only three strikeouts and it took him 76 pitches, 43 for strikes, to complete four innings. Dale Sveum decided to lift him for a pinch-hitter in the fifth with one out and a man on third. And Jackson did not agree with his manager’s decision. Jackson and Sveum exchanged words in the dugout before stepping into the tunnel to continue their discussion.

Dale Sveum said after the game that he thought it was the right time to pull Jackson and he did not agree. Anyone watching the game knew that Jackson did not have anything on Monday night. Both Sveum and Jackson downplayed, what Anthony Rizzo labeled a confrontation, after the game.

The Cubs’ bullpen did not fare much better than Jackson and allowed the game to get out of hand. The Brewers’ scored a pair of runs in the sixth and Caleb Gindl hit a two-run blast to center off of Zac Rosscup in the seventh that capped the Brewers’ scoring.

Alberto Cabrera could not throw strikes and only six of his 16 pitches ended up in the strike zone. Brooks Raley was charged with two runs on two hits in his inning of work and Chang-Yong Lim was charged with a run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning.

The Cubs’ offense could not take advantage of Wily Peralta’s inability to throw strikes and managed just one run on five hits. Starlin Castro (2-for-4 with a double and a RBI) singled in Welington Castillo (1-for-4 with a double and a run scored) in the fifth inning. Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4) and Ryan Sweeney (1-for-3 with a walk) collected the Cubs’ other two hits. The Brewers turned three double plays on Monday and the Cubs went 1-for-7 with RISP on Monday and left six men on base.

While Sunday’s game between the Cubs and Pirates was a pitcher’s duel with both Travis Wood and Francisco Liriano turning in excellent performances, Monday’s game was the exact opposite. It was rather painful watching Edwin Jackson, Wily Peralta and the Cubs’ bullpen pitch.

The Cubs have lost 11 of the 16 games against the Brewers this season and 20 of the last 24 games at Miller Park.

With Monday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to a new-season low 24 games under .500 with a 63-87 record.

Starlin Castro struck out swinging (2-2 pitch) to start the game. Wily Peralta then issued a four-pitch walk to Luis Valbuena. Anthony Rizzo followed with a single to right. Peralta kept struggling with the strike zone. Schierholtz worked a full count before striking out. Valbuena was kinda running on the play and was thrown out at third to end the inning. Peralta threw 22 pitches in the first inning, 12 for strikes.

Edwin Jackson retired the Brewers in order in the first inning on 13 pitches, eight for strikes.

Ryan Sweeney walked to start the second inning. Peralta caught Junior Lake looking at a 3-2 pitch for the first out. Castillo rolled into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning … the second inning ending double play in two frames for the Cubs. Peralta could not find the strike zone on a consistent basis (40 pitches, 22 for strikes) over the first two innings, but he kept the Cubs off the board.

Edwin Jackson barely made it through the second inning. Jackson retired Ramirez (grounder to third) and Gomez (lineout to right) quickly for the first two outs. Jackson then lost all command and walked Scooter Gennett (3-1 pitch), Caleb Gindl (3-1 pitch) and Martin Maldonado (3-1 pitch) to load the bases. Jackson struck out Wily Peralta swinging (0-2 pitch) to end the inning. Jackson needed 36 pitches, 18 for strikes, to complete two frames on Monday.

Wily Peralta struck out Barney (swinging) and Jackson (looking) to start the third. Starlin Castro doubled to left but Valbuena flied out to center to end the inning. The Cubs could not string together any hits against Peralta as he threw 54 pitches, 31 for strikes, in three innings.

Edwin Jackson survived another shaky inning, and a throwing error by Starlin Castro in the third. Aoki rolled a 3-2 pitch toward short. Castro charged the ball, rushed his throw and the ball ended up in the stands. Aoki was awarded second base on what was first scored as a hit and a throwing error … scoring on the play was changed in the fourth inning. Jackson nearly beaned Segura when he squared to bunt on the first pitch. The ball sailed past his head, and Castillo’s glove. Aoki advanced to third with no outs. Segura popped out to Junior Lake in shallow left center. Lake made an excellent diving catch running in toward the infield. Jackson struck out Lucroy swinging and Ramirez tapped back to Jackson, who nearly threw the ball away, to end the inning. Jackson needed 54 pitches, 30 for strikes, to get through three innings on Monday.


The game remained scoreless into the fourth inning.

Ryan Sweeney reached on a throwing error by Jean Segura in the fourth, but that was all. Peralta threw 74 pitches, 44 for strikes, in four innings.

The bottom of the Brewers order finally got to Jackson in the fourth.

After Gomez hit a routine fly to Sweeney in center, Scooter Gennett collected the Brewers’ first hit. Gennett blooped a single into left. Jackson fell behind Gindl 3-0. Gindl pulled Jackson’s next pitch into the gap in right center. Gennett was running with the pitch and scored easily on Gindl’s second triple of the season … 1-0 Brewers. Martin Maldonado bunted a 1-0 pitch right back to the mound. With Gindl coming down the line, a confused Edwin Jackson fielded the ball. Instead of throwing to the plate, he turned and threw low to first. The ball skipped past Barney and into right. Gindl scored, Maldonado ended up at second and the Brewers took a 2-0 lead. Wily Peralta smoked Jackson’s first pitch toward third. Valbuena caught the ball and tried to double-off Maldonado. Valbuena’s throw was low, the ball ended up in right and Maldonado took third. Aoki struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Brewers scored two runs on two hits and two errors in the fourth. Jackson threw 76 pitches, 43 for strikes, over four innings and the Cubs were down 2-0 after four frames.

The Cubs cut into the Brewers’ lead in the fifth. Welington Castillo popped a 0-2 pitch down the right field line. Gennett raced out and appeared to catch the ball. But the ball bounced out of his glove. Castillo was on his way to second when Aoki’s throw sailed over Segura’s head. The ball ended up in foul ground behind third and Castillo moved up ninety feet on another throwing error. Barney smoked the first pitch he saw toward third. Ramirez fielded the ball and threw him out at first. Brian Bogusevic hit for Jackson and struck out swinging for the second out.

Starlin Castro picked up his teammates and singled to center. Castillo jogged in and cut the Brewers’ lead to 2-1. Valbuena popped out to Gindl in left for the third out.

Alberto Cabrera took over in the fifth and struggled with his command yet again (16 pitches, six strikes). Segura flied out to Sweeney in deep center for the first out. Cabrera then walked Lucroy (3-1 pitch). Ramirez lined out to left for the second out. Carlos Gomez pulled a 3-1 pitch into the left field corner. Lucroy was held at third on Gomez’s double and the Brewers had runners on second and third with two down. Dale Sveum decided that was enough for Cabrera and went to his pen for lefty Brooks Raley. Raley struck out Gennett swinging to end the inning.

The Cubs were down 2-1 after five innings.

Ryan Sweeney reached on singled to left with two outs in the sixth, but that was all for the Cubs. And the game crept into the bottom of the sixth.

Brooks Raley stayed in and started the sixth. Caleb Gindl reached on an infield single to start the inning. Gindl pulled a 3-1 pitch to the hole at second. Barney made an excellent diving stop but the ball popped out of his glove when he tried to make the throw to first. Maldonado bunted Gindl to second and he scored when pinch-hitter Yuniesky Betancourt singled to center. Betancourt advanced to second when Sweeney threw all the way to the plate. Aoki grounded out to second, Betancourt went to third and Sveum went to his pen for Chang-Yong Lim. Sveum brought in Darnell McDonald for Lake in left on the double switch.

Jean Segura blooped a double down the left field line. Betancourt scored, 4-1 Brewers. Segura swiped third on a 1-1 pitch to Lucroy. The inning finally ended when Lucroy flied out to Schierholtz in right field.

The Cubs trailed 4-1 after six innings.

Darwin Barney worked a one out walk against Rob Wooten in the seventh, but Darnell McDonald rolled into the Cubs’ third double play of the night, a 4-6-3 to end the inning.

The Brewers ran up the score in the seventh. Ramirez led off the inning with a single to right off of Chang-Yong Lim. Gomez flied out to center and Sveum went to his pen for lefty Zac Rosscup. Rosscup retired Gennett on a flyout to left for the second out. Rosscup fell behind Caleb Gindl 3-1 before he launched a 3-2 pitch over the wall in center. Gindl’s fifth longball of the season made it 6-1 Brewers. Maldonado flied out to Sweeney at the wall in center to end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing against Brandon Kinzler in the eighth and Hector Rondon set down the side in order in the eighth.

Mike Gonzalez retired Schierholtz and Sweeney before issuing a two-out walk to pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy. With his team up by five runs, Ron Roenicke went to his pen for righty Donovan Hand to face Welington Castillo. Castillo lined out to center to end the game.

Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face Marco Estrada on Tuesday night.

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  • Tony_Hall

    Interesting article on the Wild Card chances of each AL team.

    ESPN Insider

    http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/9680955/mapping-playoff-probabilities-american-league-wild-card-contender-mlb?refresh=true

    Team – Chance – Schedule Strength
    Texas 68.3% – 480
    Cleveland 59.1% – 419 (Wow)
    Tampa 55.7% – 518
    New York 7.6% – 451
    Baltimore 5.6% – 555
    Kansas City 3.8% – 474

    These numbers change everyday, but barring a long losing streak (like Texas just had to drop from 90% to 68.3%) this is a 3 team race between Texas, Cleveland and Tampa.

  • GaryLeeT

    Without the distraction of following the minor league players, AKA hope for the future, the focus turns back to the big league club, and it makes me wonder. How will they win more games next year than they will this year? Unless Bryant, and Baez show up, it will take an oil tanker full of “ifs” to come through, for improvement to happen.

  • cubtex

    EJax. What an absolute waste of 52 mil!

    • 07GreyDigger

      So far. Three years to go… Not a failure yet..

      • cubtex

        Even if he pitches better next year he is a #4 or #5. Over a career 1.4 WHIP. He should have never been signed to a 4 year contract.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          It was the going rate for a guy with his track record. Ray you want us to spend on FA’s. This is what that was. However I think the money is better spent on hitters going forward unless it’s a Feldman/Maholm type signing of a pitcher. I wouldn’t touch a top FA pitcher with a 10-foot pole. Just too dang expensive. But at this point last year it was the need and they got their guy. I do agree that he will be better in the future. Never live up to his paycheck but few pitchers do these days.

          • cubtex

            They got their guy all right :) To the tune of 4 years 52 mil. There was no need to do that for that guy with where this team is at. #4, #5 starters are a dime a dozen. Anyway Board….we are stuck with him. I just wished they hadn’t signed him for that long.

          • Tony_Hall

            Maybe they could have went your way and spent 4/48 with a 5th year vesting option on a 30 year old CF whose game is based on his legs and they are declining.

            259/313/341

            22 SB’s with 11 CS’s

            2nd half
            218/289/308

            9 SB’s 5 CS’s

            This is what you wanted, even you have to be glad they didn’t do that.