Game Fifty-Four: Cubs 0, Brewers 9
WP – Kyle Lohse (7-1) LP – Jeff Samardzija (1-5) Save – None
The Cubs had a bad day in Milwaukee and will have Monday’s off day to think about another embarrassing performance at Miller Park. Jeff Samardzija lasted just three innings, the shortest outing of his career. Anthony Rizzo was ejected in the fourth inning and the Cubs managed only three hits while being shutout for the eighth time this season.
The game was so lopsided it only took two hours and 18 minutes to complete nine innings. And the Cubs finished the three-city, 10-game road trip with a 4-6 record.
There is no way around it Jeff Samardzija was horrible on Sunday. Samardzija gave up a two-run home run to Ryan Braun on his fourth pitch of the game. After somewhat settling down following the Braun blast, he surrendered the first of two run scoring hits to Kyle Lohse in the second inning. And the third inning was arguably his worst single inning since he became a starter two seasons ago.
The Brewers scored five times in the third inning and if not for an excellent play by Darwin Barney that he turned into a 4-5 double play, it would have been worse. Samardzija issued two walks, hit a batter and gave up four hits while loading the bases twice. Lyle Overbay hit a bases clearing double and Kyle Lohse singled in Overbay for the eighth run off of Samardzija. Rick Renteria lifted Samardzija after the third inning.
Jeff Samardzija was charged with eight runs on eight hits with two walks, two HBP and three strikeouts. Samardzija threw 65 pitches, 43 for strikes, in three innings. Sunday was the first time in 15 starts he has allowed more than three earned runs in a single outing.
Justin Grimm gave up a solo home run to Scooter Gennett in the fifth for the Brewers final run of the game. Brian Schlitter and James Russell did not allow a hit or run over the last three innings.
Anthony Rizzo was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing balls and strikes by home plate umpire Jerry Meals. Rizzo did not like the called third strike and was ejected from a big league game for the first time in his career.
Kyle Lohse pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout and threw only 93 pitches, 61 for strikes. Lohse actually had more run scoring hits (2) off Samardzija than he allowed over the first six innings (1).
The Cubs managed three hits, all singles, and one was by Brian Schlitter for his first big league hit. Junior Lake and Nate Schierholtz were the other two Cubs that reached with singles on Sunday.
With Sunday’s loss (3-6 on Sunday in 2014), the Cubs dropped to 20-34 on the season.
The Brewers jumped on Jeff Samardzija in the first inning and four pitches into the game the Cubs were down 2-0 on a two-run homer by Ryan Braun. Jean Segura led off the first with a single and trotted around the bases when Braun lined Samardzija’s first offering over the wall in left. Samardzija retired Lucroy (flyout to right), Gomez (lineout to right center) and Davis (swinging strikeout) in order to end the inning. Samardzija threw 12 pitches in the first, nine for strikes.
After the Cubs went down in order quickly in the second inning, Scooter Gennett hit a lazy fly into shallow left. Castro back-peddled but peeled off at the last minute. Lake appeared to call him off and the ball fell in for a double … and a disgusted Samardzija let the mishap get under his skin. Samardzija struck out Reynolds and Overbay swinging but Kyle Lohse ripped a 0-1 pitch back up the middle and into center. Gennett scored, 3-0 Brewers. Samardzija jammed Segura and he hit a soft liner to Rizzo to end the inning. Samardzija threw 29 pitches, 23 for strikes, over the first two innings.
The Cubs went down in order again in the third and the game got out of hand in the bottom of the inning.
Ryan Braun led off with a single to left (1-2 pitch). Samardzija walked Lucroy and hit Gomez with a 1-2 pitch to load the bases. Khris Davis hit a rocket back up the middle (1-2 pitch) that Barney trapped on a short-hop, stepped on second and threw to third (4-5 double play) as Braun scored, 4-0 Brewers. And if not for Barney’s play, Samardzija’s line would have looked a lot worse. Scooter Gennett followed with a double down the left field line. Davis held at third with two outs. Samardzija got ahead of Reynolds 1-2 before he walked him to load the bases. Lyle Overbay doubled down the left field line … and cleared the bases. Overbay ended up at third on the throw to the plate, 7-0 Brewers. And to add more insult to bad baseball Kyle Lohse followed with a single to right, his second run scoring hit of the game. Overbay scored, 8-0 Brewers. Segura hit a blooper to Barney to end the inning.
The Brewers were blowing out the Cubs 8-0 after three innings and Samardzija got an early shower.
Justin Grimm took over for Samardzija and kept the Brewers off the board. But Scooter Gennett made it 9-0 with a solo shot off Grimm in the fifth.
While the Cubs managed only one hit through the first five innings, the Brewers led 9-0 after five frames.
And that is the way the series wrapped up. The Cubs managed two hits in the seventh and the bullpen kept the Brewers from tacking on.
The Cubs are off on Monday and open a six-game homestand on Tuesday with the first of three against the Mets. Jake Arrieta is scheduled to face Zack Wheeler.